What happens when I delete a blog

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    There are a lot of warnings posted about deleting a blog and the domain never being available again. Can someone help me? I’ve been looking for solutions via google searches, here in forums, trying to contact support, etc, and it is still not clear.

    The last time I tried to post to the forums, the topic was closed before it ever posted to be viewed.

    The blog I need help with is rajshreelekha.wordpress.com.



    You say you are looking to solutions. What is the issue you are looking to solve? Deleted blogs stay deleted. There is no question about that or “solution” to it. If you don’t want your blog to be deleted forever, do not delete it.


    That’s the problem. When I am specific in what I write here, the topic is suddenly closed. I saw someone post a similar question under someone else’s topic and THAT topic got closed, too.

    My best guess is that WordPress is monitering because of their own monetizing hosting efforts with wordpress premium AND wordpress.org, so the shut down alternatives.



    Nobody can answer a specific question if you won’t ask it.

    When you delete a blog its content is gone from WP.com, media and all. Neither you nor anyone else can ever use that URL again. You can’t get an export file after the blog is deleted. If it had upgrades, they’re gone too and can’t be transferred or refunded.

    Deleting a blog does NOT erase the content from search engines, and if that is the goal, it is faster to set the blog to Private. Search engines pick up on that faster.

    I can’t think of any other questions around the deletion process.


    I will try again. Testing.

    I started a second blog here (blogname.wordpress.com). I know I can pay to have that become (blogname.com). But, I found another route I want to go. When I try to delete the blog, I get all kinds of warnings that the name can never be used again. I see others about names expiring and becoming available later.

    I want to delete the blog and free up the blogname.com.



    I am not trying to be difficult here, honest, but it seems like you are stonewalling. There are those of us who screwed up, in spite of all the warnings, and would really like to have our domain names back. Personally, and frankly, you seem to be overly concerned about the potential legal issues involved. Is it really such a risk? We will end up paying for your services — why are you turning away potential customers?

    Respectfully meant!



    Clarification: “raincoaster”, I just belatedly realizing that I responded to your post as if you were WordPress, not a WordPress user. So let me amend my prior post: As a member, how would you recommend we approach the company to consider changing its policy? Thanks!


    is that directed to me or to wordpress?


    gotcha. these messages don’t update fast enough.


    …how would you recommend we approach the company to consider changing its policy? Thanks!

    I believe WordPress is in its third capitalization phase, so you could invest, and become a partner of some kind. Or wait until WordPress is either bought by a publicly-traded company, or becomes one itself, and buy a lot of shares.

    That’s it.

    Your question has been asked, and answered the same way for the 6.5-years I’ve been here. There are warnings, if you don’t heed them, it really is your fault.



    Thanks. I do get it.



    Holy hell, are you just asking how you ask WP.com to change the policy? Why didn’t you just say so? Really, this has been a waste of my time.

    You put it in the Ideas forum. Or you email support at wordpress dot com.

    And you don’t hold your breath. I’m sure they know that a lot of people would like this changed, but they have taken a very firm policy stance against it. This has been in effect for the seven years I’ve been here; to expect it to change now just because you ask, or to expect that it’s SUDDENLY popped up because of a funding round, is naive.



    And you stop creating multiple threads on the topic.


    Well see, after I opened the blog (.wordpress.com), suddenly the domain name for .com was not available to purchase elsewhere. So I thought if I delete the blog here, the .com would be available again…

    I looked everywhere for info, I tried posting this more succinctly and WordPress seemed to have censored me, and I saw evidence the same had happened to others.

    Didn’t know it was such a touchy subject. But, it’s funny that the info about this is not clear and instead fear-laden with never having access to the name again if you delete the blog, and never having access to the .com with WordPress or elsewhere.

    Obviously, some copy needs to be written or edited to clarify this if people have been asking the sand questions for 6.5-7 years.


    *same, not sand


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    If you delete your mapped WordPress.com blog, rajshreelekha.wordpress.com then that name will be gone forever. The domain name you paid for will still be available. You’ll need to reconfigure it to use it on another site.


    But, it’s funny that the info about this is not clear…

    The steps necessary to delete your blog:

    1. Click into Dashboard
    2. Select Tools
    3. Select Delete Site
    4. Read:

    What is your goal?
    Did you know that deleting a site removes both the site name and the content forever? Chances are pretty good that there’s a better solution.
    Please review the options below and make sure you’ve selected the one that best fits your need.

    5. Select “Permanently delete the site and all content” option from drop down menu
    6. Read:

    Permanently delete the site and all content
    Please read carefully. You are trying to permanently delete rajshreelekha.wordpress.com.
    If you do not want rajshreelekha.wordpress.com to exist any more, you can delete it. This CAN NOT be undone. It is permanent.
    All of your posts and data, and this site’s address (rajshreelekha.wordpress.com) will be gone forever.

    7. Click:

    If you are sure…
    I want to permanently remove rajshreelekha.wordpress.com and I am aware I can never get its content or its address back.

    8. Click “Delete”
    9. Email confirmation from WordPress
    10. You confirm
    11. Blog deleted

    Which part of the 11-step process to delete a blog, rajshreelekha, do you find confusing?



    If by deleting the whatever.wordpress.com blog you hope somehow to free up the whatever.com domain, you are mistaken. That does not happen. If someone has already bought the whatever.com domain, you simply can’t get it whether you’re hosted here or elsewhere.


    Actually, nobody else owns the .com – this I can say with absolute certainty because of the uniqueness of the name. And with this account, I have a second blog and that’s the one in question (I’ve marked it private at this point, zero content).

    I’m suggesting that WordPress reserved rights to the common extensions. I cannot say so for certain. It seems so. So if I delete that blog completely, I know I can never have the blog name again. But I would do so only if the .com would be released.

    There’s a lot of conjecture and learning from trial/error and intuiting going on in forums. When WordPress does proceed on to their next level of funding, I truly hope that having someone to actually talk to might be addressed. This is easily the most frustrating forums I’ve been in.



    No, WordPress does not do that. Can you imagine the cost to them? They sell the names for $5 a year; there is simply no way this would make sense. What’s probably happening is some opportunist is watching for newly-registered WP.com blogs and scooping up those domains hoping to get an offer from the bloggers. Find out who owns the domain via Whois or some other tool, and see if he’ll sell to you.

    The average response time in internet forums is more than fourteen hours. That you don’t like the answers you’ve gotten is not something that reflects poorly on the forum as an answering mechanism, particularly since you didn’t ask the question up-front and left us to guess.

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