How to Map/Change Your Free WordPress.com Blog to An Existing Custom Domain Name
If you use a free WordPress.com blog for online business, I believe its time you move your free wordpress.com blog to an existing custom domain name (e.g. .com or .net or .biz or .com.ng) or a new one you can get for as low as $12 per year. The MAIN reason for this is that, free blogs are losing credibility everyday. Also, free blogs on wordpress ends up having too long names which is not good for high search engine ranking. There are so many limitations with free wordpress blog. And this is why I am here today to help you see how you can easily map your free wordpress.com to an existing or new custom domain name.
On WordPress.com, you can use a domain that you already own, such as example.com instead of your blogâ€™s default address, like example.wordpress.com. This is called Domain Mapping. Your old WordPress.com address will still work, but it will automatically redirect traffic from your old address to your new one. Domain Mapping is a paid upgrade that costs $12.00 per domain, per blog, per year. You can map as many domains as you want to one blog, but you have to pay for each domain separately. If you donâ€™t have a domain registered yet, you can register one with Web4Africa.
Important Notes before Upgrading
1. Using the Domain Mapping Upgrade requires you to change your domainâ€™s â€śName Serversâ€ť. You will not be able to start mapping your domain to your blog until complete this stage. Please read all the information in this post carefully before you proceed with the registration.
2. The Domain Mapping fee is not related to the domain registration costs â€“ you will have to continue managing your domain with your current registrar. If you donâ€™t yet have a domain, you may be interested in registering a domain with Web4Africa.
3. While you can map as many domains as you want to one blog, each Domain Mapping Upgrade can be used with one domain only. You canâ€™t switch to a different domain later during the upgrade period. To map a different domain, you can purchase another upgrade.
4. Also, please note that WordPress.com automatically removes the â€śwwwâ€ť from all URLs.
Limitations of Domain Mapping
Please note, the Domain Mapping Upgrade does not allow you to use any kind of the following;
- advertising (e.g. Google AdSense etc)
- additional themes or plugins.
With the domain mapping, your blog will still be hosted on WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by wordpress.com‘s terms of service.
However, if you want your blog NOT to have the limitations of placing adverts, codes, themes, plugins, hosting your files and more, I can help you do this. It’s going to cost you just N 12, 000 (Twelve Thousand Naira) only per year. If you want me to do this for you, simply send a SMS to 08069049993 or 08072694215. The SMS should contain your name, your email address, your choice domain name, your existing blog URL address and ‘better domain name’. Once I get your SMS, I would reply you with what you need to do so that I can help you out.
1. Update your domainâ€™s name servers to the following. Make sure to remove any existing name servers that are already there.
You can easily change your domainâ€™s name servers. If you can’t, you can contact me for support and I will take care of this for you. If you needs the IP addresses, you can use the following. However, note that IP addresses are subject to change and updating the name servers is preferred.
After the name server change takes effect, login to your wordpress.com account and go to Settings -> Domains in your blogâ€™s dashboard, enter the domain name into the form at the top of the page, and click the Add domain to blog button. If the name servers are verified, you will be prompted to pay for the upgrade and complete the process.
After the purchase is complete, go back to the Settings -> Domains page, select the radio button next to the domain you just mapped to your blog, and click the Update Primary Domain button.
At this point, you have successfully mapped your free wordpress.com blog to a new custom domain name. What this means is that, you can now refer your friends, clients etc to the new custom domain name and they would be visiting your blog. In addition to this, you would have a better brand look in the face of your visitors. If you have any problem during this mapping, feel free to seek for my support.
Remember, mapping your free wordpress.com ONLY has so many limitations. If you want your blog NOT to have the limitations of placing adverts, codes, themes, plugins and more, I can help you do this. It’s going to cost you just N 12, 000 (Twelve Thousand Naira) only per year. If you want me to do this for you, simply send a SMS to 08069049993 or 08072694215. The SMS should contain your name, your email address, your choice domain name, your existing blog URL address and ‘better domain name’. Once I get your SMS, I would reply you with what you need to do so that I can help you out.
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