Domain Mapping not free for excisting domain purchased through wp.com?

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  • #3518395

    So,

    In another thread, a WordPress introduced me to member sites:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/tutorials/build-a-membership-website-tutorial/

    and related to it, subdomain…

    https://wordpress.com/support/domains/map-subdomain/#adding-a-mapping-subscription

    I wanted to try it out now. Creating a subdomain, a private member site/area for my existing blog.

    The domain I have was paid and added through wordpress.com. With this particular site, I was now trying to add the subdomain members.mydomain.com and it seems like I have to pay an additional €13 for the subdomain even if my main domain is already paid. What’s going on here? Is this supposed to be correct or is this a bug? I mean, why should I pay for domain mapping if I already own and paid for the particular main domain here?

    The blog I need help with is diaryofdennis.com.

    #3518783

    deancroyal
    Staff

    Hi there – You’re on the right track. Could you pass us the site URLs involved here so we can get a clearer picture?

    It sounds like the main site is diaryofdennis.com. Is that right?

    If that’s correct, two other questions:

    1. What is the current URL of the other site on your account that you want to use as a members site?

    2. What subdomain are you wanting to use for site in question #1? members.diaryofdennis.com?

    Once we have the added clarity from you we’ll be able to better articulate what to expect with that setup as it relates to mapping subdomains.

    #3518801

    Hi,

    Correct, the main site is diaryofdennis.com

    1. I don’t understand this question. What do you mean with the other URL? I haven’t set up something? I thought I’d just need to create a subdomain but I can’t do that as it said it’ll cost €13.

    2. Correct. I was thinking about members.diaryofdennis.com and I thought it would work this way, that this subdomain would then act like an individual blog that I can set up as private but make it look exactly like my main site.

    #3518808

    Related to question 1 again…

    I do understand that I need a second WordPress.com URL/blog (site B) to act as the second site for the main site (site A). However, I thought the process would be like this…

    Creating the subdomain (here I am stuck) >> creating and setting up site B

    Site A does already exist and is diaryofdennis.com

    #3518908

    kokkieh
    Staff

    Hi Dennis,

    1. I don’t understand this question. What do you mean with the other URL? I haven’t set up something? I thought I’d just need to create a subdomain but I can’t do that as it said it’ll cost €13.

    Connecting your own custom subdomain to a second WordPress.com site in your account requires a domain mapping upgrade on that site, and this is a paid upgrade. For most WordPress.com users this in fact requires a paid plan on the second site, but as you own a domain upgrade which predates the changes we’ve made in this regard since 2016, you can still purchase the stand-alone mapping upgrade without having a plan on your site.

    Should you ever cancel your domain or allow it to expire, you would lose this legacy status and would also be required to have a plan to use your own domain.

    2. Correct. I was thinking about members.diaryofdennis.com and I thought it would work this way, that this subdomain would then act like an individual blog that I can set up as private but make it look exactly like my main site.

    So you can do this, but you’ll need to buy a domain mapping upgrade to add that subdomain to the private site:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-subdomain/

    #3518920

    Ok, the domain mapping upgrade would be cheaper for me then. But let’s say if I decide I want some extra perks from the WordPress plans…

    1. For my idea, I need to enable a plan on site A (main site) or site B? Do I understand it right that if I have a plan enabled on diaryofdennis.com, that I will be able to add a subdomain to it without extra costs except for the plan cost?

    I am confused because of…

    For most WordPress.com users this in fact requires a paid plan on the second site

    I would have thought I need the plan on the first site, my main site. Since that subdomain would be, well, basically just a subdomain of that site.

    2. Even at the plan pricing page, I can’t find out if domain mapping is part of a personal plan, a premium plan, or whatever. Where is it included?

    #3518921

    To clarify what confuses me…

    For most WordPress.com users this in fact requires a paid plan on the second site

    As I understand this. It sounds like I would need to create a site B first with a plan. Not on site A that already exists. But I can’t wrap my head around it… because as said, the subdomain would be part of the domain of site A, I’d think.

    #3518933

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Hi Dennis- the way it works here is that essentially they’re two separate sites being mapped.

    domain: yoursite.wordpress.com > yoursite.com
    subdomain: yoursitemembers.wordpress.com > members.yoursite.com

    Hope that helps clarify.

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