When do usernames become available?
I am trying to create a new blog on wordpress.com. I want to see if I will stick with it before I take the effort to build out my self-hosted version.
I tried two different usernames that did not work. However, when I go to the URLs with those usernames, it says the blogs have been deleted.
Will those usernames ever become available again?
They never become available.
Username accounts are not deleted. For more information, please see http://en.support.wordpress.com/deleting-accounts/
1. You can go to My Account->Edit Profile and remove all data except the account name and an email address. Create a throwaway email address and change the account email to that throwaway address. This only leaves the username behind.
2. To unsubscribe from email sent to you from WordPress.com, go here and click on “Block all subscription emails from WordPress.com”:
3. To ensure the account is locked up tightly, visit this site, generate a password of 15-20 characters, and change the account password to it:
Thanks for the info. That’s a bummer. There’s some really good usernames going to waste! Guess I’ll have to bit more creative.
Deleted blog URLs cannot be recycled.
You can register another blog with a similar name. http://en.support.wordpress.com/register-a-blog/
Or you can register a domain vis a domain mapping upgrade and it will not matter what the underlying .wordpress.com address is.
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