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Move Your Domain »Move a Domain Using Custom A Records

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There are a few different methods for using a domain registered through WordPress.com with a different host.

This article walks you through setting up custom A Records to point your domain to a different host. This is the method you would want to use if your new host does not support using Name Servers to point your domain name to them, like Tumblr or Squarespace.

Changing an A Record

  1. Log into your WordPress.com account and click on My Site(s).
  2. Click on Manage and then Domains.
  3. Click on the domain name you plan on pointing to a new host.
Manage Domains
  1. Next, click on Change your name servers and DNS Records, then DNS Records.
  2. On the DNS Records page you will see a list of records and a section below for adding new records.

Your domain name’s A Record points to WordPress.com by default. When you add a new A Record, this will overwrite the default WordPress.com record.

DNS Records - Adding an A Record

The values you want to add under the A Record type are provided by your new host. An A Record is an IP address, so the value they provide should consist of four sets of numbers separated by periods, e.g: 192.0.78.24

The above is just an example. Be sure to use the numbers given by your new hosting provider.

  1. Enter the address in the points to field, click on Add New DNS Record for the changes to be saved.

The domain will start pointing to your new host immediately, but most hosts require you to set up the domain on their end as well. Here are instructions for some popular hosting services:

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Resetting a Domain's A Record

  1. In Manage → Domains Name servers and DNS → DNS Records locate the record you want to delete.
  2. Click on the Trashcan icon to the side of the record.

Deleting any custom A Records will reset your domain name to point back to your WordPress.com site.

Domains - Deleting a DNS Record

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