Custom wordpress domain

I’m so excited, my little space on the web is now officially Beautifulkayekie.com after 13 months! ๐Ÿ˜€

Customising your blog domain name (your web address) while still hosted on free WordPress.com is simpler than you might think. If you’re not ready to make the full switch to self hosting, I’ve put together a little run-down to show WordPress.com users the steps I took to changing my ‘myblogname.wordpress.com’ URL to something a little more personal.

KAYE’S STEP ONE:ย Backup your blog
Changing your blog domain name is incredibly straight forward and you’re not doing anything too serious to your blog, but backing up your site is a good habit to get into.

To backup in wordpress.com:
Go to Dashboard > Tools > Export > a file will now download, save this in a safe place. This file contains a backup of everything on your blog: posts, comments – everything!

KAYE’S STEP TWO:ย Make a list of everywhere you display your current URL
Before we go ahead and change your domain name, it is handy to write down every website and anywhere else your current web address is displayed. That way, once the process is completed you can go back and easily change/check them off without accidentally forgetting any. You’d be surprised how many places you may have listed your blog address. Matter of fact, I just remembered one I forgot!

It’s a handy list to keep for future reference, and you can add to it as you need to.

For example, here is my list of things to change:
Facebook (personal & page)
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Google+ (page & personal)
Photobucket
Media kit/business cards
Email signatures
Readers/Subscribers (you could tell them in a post like this one!)
Bloglovin (Bloglovin’ can transfer your followers for you, here’s how)
Wordpress settings
Google search (submit your new domain, here’s how)
Stat Counter
Bing verify (submit your new domain, here’s how)
Blog networking/listings sites
EVERYTHING!!!!

KAYE’S STEP 3: Buy your new domain
I won’t tell you where I bought mine – I will leave that up to you – but do some research and find which is the best domain name provider/price for you. Look for any terms and conditions and read the fine print. Once you have purchased your domain, keep note of the renewal date in your diary. You should receive reminder notices by email when the time comes, but doesn’t hurt to keep a non digital reminder as well.

A friendly word of warning, be careful ‘checking’ your proposed address in search bars and on websites to see if it’s already taken. Lets just say less than honest people/websites have been known to collect this data and buy your domain before you can get it yourself. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s better to be cautious, right?

KAYE’S STEP 4: Update your primary domain in the WordPress dashboard
Go to your Dashboard > Store > Domains

You make all the changes/edits you need to in there. WordPress can also help you with domain questions here.

KAYE’S STEP 5: Do a little dance, and TELL EVERYONE ABOUT YOUR NEW ADDRESS!
throws confetti Now you can tell everyone you know how to customise your blog domain name!

19 Comments on Beautiful Kayekie Is Now A Dot Com! How To Customise Your Blog Domain Name While Hosted For Free On WordPress.com

  1. Luchessa
    April 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Goodness, that is a reeally useful post hon & you know i mean that. Might be needing it very soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Our chat the other day was my inspiration, I decided I needed to just go ahead and do it ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Luchessa
        April 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

        Wow…so i seemed to have motivated you more than myself ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        April 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm (4 years ago)

        Haha, your a great moviator! (and I also was so sick of hearing myself say ‘Im going to do it… I’m going to do it’. :p

        Next step, get the self hosting sorted.

  2. My Lucite Dreams
    April 11, 2013 at 1:13 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Kaye! Your so generous ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love that lipstick you created in the header. I was thinking… That you should create a beauty inspired bloglovin’ icon and leave your mark on it for us bbloggers to use, ahh just thinking. Hope you are well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 11, 2013 at 11:04 am (4 years ago)

      Taylor! That is a really good idea, honestly. I’m going to do it! Thanks for the suggestion, you always have the best ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ill try make a few for variety, and ill make a special one just for you beautiful xx ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. My Lucite Dreams
    April 12, 2013 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    Kaye! Honestly your creativity inspires me and only then do I come up with an idea, haha. Ok, my heart beat a little faster when you said a special one for me! Well I will have to somehow thank you, I’ll be in touch!
    Xxoo

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 12, 2013 at 2:18 am (4 years ago)

      Haha! Well they do say there is no original idea, we all get inspiration from each other ๐Ÿ˜€

      Any special requests for your badge? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Miss Angie
    April 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Those are such great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Stopping by because the lovely Luchessa recommended this post in her Weekly Round-Up post this week!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 16, 2013 at 6:25 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you found them useful ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Kareen
    April 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Kayekie, I know some bloggers who could make use of this information! Thanks!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome! Feel free to pass it along, I hope it is useful ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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  6. steph chen
    June 2, 2013 at 10:11 am (4 years ago)

    ahhhh yes this is most definitely going to help me, you actually inspired me to start writing and I remember back when i didn’t even have a blog account (in any wesite or form) and I would just check your blog by typing in the address manually :p your blog is so beautifully designed by the way, I’ve always been in awe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      June 2, 2013 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

      Oh Steph I am so honored! *big cheesy smile*

      It’s so unexpected to find out that I inspired you to start writing. Your site is simply lovely, and you have so much great content, I’m a new fan!! Thank you SO much for stopping by to comment. Do you have a facebook page as well? <3

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  7. jen.teenswayoflife.com
    August 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Kaye,
    I love your website design, it is beautiful. I would love if you could stop by my blog to give me some advice on what I can do to improve it as it would be extremely helpful and I’m newish to the whole blogging situation. Thank you.

    http://www.teenswayoflife.com

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  8. searchformysoul
    January 10, 2016 at 6:28 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, I was wondering how you got the ‘BK’ in the search bar, before your domain name? Love your blog! P.

    Reply

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