Domains, Upgrades

Site Redirect

Are you leaving WordPress.com? Would you like to redirect example.wordpress.com (as well as all of your permalinks) to your new domain name? The Site Redirect upgrade lets you do just that — and managing the redirect couldn’t be easier.

Do you instead want to point a domain you already own to a WordPress.com site? Read how to connect a domain you already own.

Getting Started

Select a site to redirect from this screen. After you select a site, enter the new domain or address where you want your WordPress.com traffic to be redirected. Type the URL of the destination site into the blank field, and click the blue button that says Go.
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Note: Site redirects will only point to a non-ssl ( http:// ) url. If you have SSL set up on the site you’re redirecting to, the http-to-https redirect will be handled on that end.

You’ll be asked to confirm the purchase, and will be taken through the checkout process. When the payment has been completed, you’ll see a confirmation message on the screen. You’ll be able to test or change the redirect settings from the Domains page.

Please note: In order for the Site Redirect to work correctly, the permalinks on the new site (the one you’re redirecting to) should match those at WordPress.com. WordPress.com uses the following permalink structure:

http://example.com/2014/10/21/sample-post/

If the new site you’re redirecting to does not use this permalink structure, the redirect will try to find a post on your new site that matches the post URL from your WordPress.com site, but some visitors may see an error message indicating no matching post could be found.

However, if you have added your blog to a subdirectory like /blog, be sure to specify the full blog url (mysite.com/blog).

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Disabling Redirect

If you want to turn off the redirect for a while but don’t want to delete it, make your default WordPress.com address your site’s primary address. To do so, go to Domains, select your default WordPress.com address and click the Make Primary button.

You can turn on the redirect at any time by returning to this screen, selecting the Site Redirect URL as the primary domain, and clicking Make Primary.

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Deleting Redirect

To delete a redirect, just remove the upgrade from your Purchases:

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