I’m so excited, my little space on the web is now officially Beautifulkayekie.com after 13 months! 😀
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: 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: 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)
Google+ (page & personal)
Media kit/business cards
Readers/Subscribers (you could tell them in a post like this one!)
Bloglovin (Bloglovin’ can transfer your followers for you, here’s how)
Google search (submit your new domain, here’s how)
Bing verify (submit your new domain, here’s how)
Blog networking/listings sites
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!