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Change a Site Address

Your WordPress.com site address is what people use to access your site. An example of a WordPress.com site address is example.wordpress.com. This guide explains how you can change the example part of the address to something else.

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Change Your WordPress.com Site Address

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If you follow these instructions for changing your site address, links to your old address, including search engine results, will be broken.

To avoid this, create a new site and follow the directions below for Using a WordPress.com Site Address You Already Own including adding a Site Redirect upgrade.

  1. Go to Upgrades → Domains.
  2. Click the three dots to the right of the banner labeled “Your free WordPress.com address is” and select Change site address.
the three-dot menu to the right of the free WordPress.com address expanded to display the change site address option.
Change site address in Upgrades → Domains
  1. Click the input field (with the first part of your current site address as a placeholder) and enter the new address you wish to use. We will let you know if the new address is available:
the input screen for entering a new site address with a "Change site address" button.
Change site address
  1. If the new address is available, click Change site address.
  2. A screen with additional details and warnings will appear. Read the information carefully and make sure this is the action you wish to take.
the final confirmation screen with a checkbox to confirm that you understand the changes that are about to happen.
Confirm the change
  1. Check the box to confirm.
  2. Click Change site address.

Once you’ve completed all of the steps above, your site will start using the new WordPress.com address.

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Use a WordPress.com Site Address You Already Own

Once a .wordpress.com address has been claimed, it cannot be reused for any other site, even if you change the original site’s address to something else.

If you wish to use a .wordpress.com site address that you have already used for another site, you can move the site’s content from one site to the other using our Export/Import options:

  1. Export the content from your current site by following the steps in our Export guide.
  2. Import the content into your new site with the site address you want to use by following our Import guide.
  3. Optionally, add a Site Redirect to automatically redirect visitors to your new address.

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Reuse Other WordPress.com Site Addresses

We cannot recycle or reassign site addresses (URLs) that have previously been used, even if the site is no longer active. We respect site owners’ ownership of their content and, therefore, will not move or delete a site without its owner’s consent — no matter how long it has been since their last update.

  • If you find that an active site address is registered by another user, you may be able to obtain it for your use if the owner of the site agrees to transfer it to you.
  • You may contact the site owner – via a comment on their site or through a contact form, if available – to ask for their consent.
  • If you do not get permission or do not hear back from the site owner, we cannot transfer the site address to you.
  • Please note that we cannot contact the owner of the previously deleted site for you, nor can we provide you with the contact information of site owners.

There is an infinite supply of unused site addresses, so our policy should not limit your address selection.

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A Note on .wpcomstaging.com Addresses

If you have a plugin-enabled site, it will receive an .wpcomstaging.com address instead. This address is fixed and cannot itself be changed. Instead, add a custom domain to your site (for example, yourgroovydomain.com instead of yourgroovysite.wpcomstaging.com.)

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