WordPress is one of the most blogging tools and you can have your own blog just by register to their site. By default, your free WordPress address is yourblog’sname.wordpress.com. And it would be nice if you can have your own domain, but host your blog on WordPress.com. Or, if you already have another website and want to use WordPress as a blog for it, you could even add blog.yoursite.com or any other subdomain.
Adding a domain to your WordPress.com is a paid upgrade; registering and mapping a new domain to your account costs $14.97 a year, while mapping a domain you already own to your WordPress blog costs $9.97 a year.
Here how to do it:
- Login to your blog’s dashboard, click the arrow beside Upgrades in the sidebar, and select Domains.
- Enter the domain or subdomain you want to add to your site in the text box, and click Add domain to blog.
- If you entered a new domain you want to register, WordPress will make sure the domain is available and then present you a registration form to register the domain. Enter your information, and then click Register Domain.
- Login to your domain registrar account and switch your nameserver to:
- The DNS settings may take a while to update, but once WordPress can tell your DNS settings point to it, you will see the following confirmation screen. Click Map Domain to add this domain to your WordPress blog.
- Depending on your purchase, the information and price shown may be different. Here we’re mapping a domain we already have registered, so it costs $9.97. Select your method of payment, enter your payment information or signin with your Paypal account, and continue as usual.
- Once your purchase is finished, you’ll be returned to the Domains page on WordPress. Try going to your new domain, and make sure it opens your blog. If it works, then click the bullet beside the new domain, and click Update Primary Domain. Now, when people visit your WordPress site, they’ll see your new domain in the address bar. You can still access your blog from your old yourname.wordpress.com address, but it will redirect to you new domain.