A domain name is an address people use to visit your site. It tells the web browser where to look for your site. Just like a street address, a domain is how people find your website online. And, like having a sign in front of your store, a domain name helps give your site a professional look.
With the purchase of any WordPress.com annual plan, you may register a new domain for free for one year. You may also connect a domain from another provider for free with any WordPress.com plan.
If you are not ready to add a custom domain, you can create your site and add a domain later. Your site comes with a
.wordpress.com address (or
.wpcomstaging.com on plugin-enabled sites) that you can use for this purpose.
The guides on this page will show how to take any domain-related action on WordPress.com.
In this guide
Purchase a brand new domain to use with any website:
Purchase a brand new domain without creating a website for it:
Connect a domain that is already registered with another provider:
Transfer the registration of a domain you own to WordPress.com:
Connect a domain that is already registered with GoDaddy:
Connect a domain from another provider using A records (IP addresses):
Use a subdomain such as
blog.yourgroovydomain.com with your site:
Set a domain as the main address of your site:
Change the name servers on a domain you own:
Add or change your domain’s DNS records:
Adjust your contact and privacy settings:
Learn more about your domain’s security:
Move your domain to another site on WordPress.com:
Move your domain to another WordPress.com account:
If you want to transfer a domain from WordPress.com to another provider:
Point a domain to another provider using custom IP addresses (A records):
Change the spelling of an existing domain:
Cancel and refund a domain:
Renew your existing domain for another year:
What to do if your domain has expired:
If you are looking for more domain-related information, view our complete list of domain guides.