How to Setup Custom Domain on WordPress Blog

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Are you a person who loves writing, blogging and creating creative contents like stories, poems, fiction etc? If yes is your answer then it’s time to show your skills to the world with a personalized blog. Start your journey with WordPress.com. WordPress is a blogging platform that is owned and hosted online and can be used to create a blog of your own.

WordPress provides an edge over the other blogging platforms as it gives you the advantage to move your website to a new host, change your domain name or even shift your site to other content management systems. Besides that WordPress is also more easy to manage and search engine friendly. Once you have created your blog or website with the WordPress, you can move it to your own custom domain with just a few simple and quick steps.

Setup custom domain on WordPress blog

Here are the ways to setup custom domain on your WordPress blog assuming that you have already created a WordPress blog:

Step 1: Getting started with adding a domain

Getting started with adding a domain

Setting up a custom domain name for your WordPress website is simple and easy. You have to just follow a simple procedure. The steps described here will guide you through on how can you add a custom domain name of yours to your WordPress blog. For setting up a domain name you must log in to your WordPress blog, so do remember your password and keep it safe.

  • Login to your WordPress account with your email and password
  • Now when you’re logged in you will see a menu on the left-hand side of your blog
  • In the menu, there is a submenu named as “Domains” with an “Add” option to its right
  • Next, you will see a menu with the options for registering your domain
  • Firstly, you can sign up or register your web domain with the WordPress itself
  • Second, if you already own a domain you can map that domain to your WordPress blog

At the end of this step, you are now available with the options on setting up your custom domain with your WordPress blog. In the next steps, we will see how we can register your domain with the WordPress or map an already purchased domain to our WordPress blog.

Step 2: Registering your domain with WordPress

Registering your domain with WordPress

WordPress itself offers many upgrades to your website with the .com or .blog extensions to your blog or website with monthly or yearly plans. For making the upgrade to a domain name you have to proceed and select your plan and make payment for it via debit card, credit card or internet banking. Here are the steps to complete our registration for a domain:

  • Select your domain name whether you want a .com or .bog extension and click on upgrade
  • Now you will be directed to a page where you can see your order summary and amount
  • Here you also have to fill up your details including address and mobile number
  • Now proceed to checkout and you will be directed to the payment page
  • Finally, make the payment with the available options
  • Congratulations!! You have got your own domain name

Step 3: Registering /Transferring a domain that already exists

Registering Transferring a domain that already exists

Now if you already own a domain name you can also link it to your WordPress blog. This is a common case as many people already own a domain which has been purchased from other domain providers like Godaddy, BigRock, Namecheap etc. The procedure used here for this is quite long but it is simple and easy. To complete your domain transfer successfully you will need your mail id that has been registered with the domain service provider. Just follow these steps:

  • Under the domain menu click on “Already own a domain”?
  • On the next screen, you have to fill your domain name and click on “Transfer to wordpress.com”
  • After that, the process of transferring your blog to the domain entered by you will start
  • Now to complete this you have to follow the certain preliminary steps:

1. Unlock your domain

2. Verify we can get in touch

  • Now when you have completed the first step successfully you’ll have to verify the email address that has been registered with your domain to proceed further.

3. Get a domain authorization code

  • For the third step to be completed you have to get your unique domain authorization code from your domain provider.
  • When you have got the authorization code just continue to “I have my authorization code”
  • Next, you’ll receive the link to the page in your mail where you have to fill the authorization code to start the transfer

Finally, after completing the steps, the transfer of your domain will start and very soon your domain will be transferred to your WordPress blog.

Step 4: Confirming your domain transfer

When all the above steps check out click on “Continue”. After this step, your domain transfer will be completed. So the last step before the checkout is confirming your contact details. Then follow these steps:

  • After confirming your contact details you have an option for private registration.
  • Choose private registration so that your contact details are off the internet.
  • Next, go to Continue to Checkout and make your payment.
  • If your payment is successful you’ll see a message on the screen to check your mail.
  • So you’ll get a receipt for your payment and two additional emails.
  • The first mail will be sent to your mail registered with the WordPress.
  • The mail will contain the info about next step to complete the transfer.
  • The other mail will be sent to the to the registrant admin contact mail.
  • The mail will contain a link to the page where you have to confirm the transfer.
  • At last, you have to fill the “Transfer Confirmation Form” that requires the authorization code.

Confirming your domain transfer

Finally, you have completed the process of transferring and confirming your domain. As a confirmation of the process you followed was successful you can see at last a transfer authorization receipt mentioning that it’ll take about 7 days to complete the transfer. You’ll also receive the emails from your domain provider and from WordPress stating that your transfer was accepted. Hence your domain transfer process completes here.

Another method to transfer your domain to WordPress

Another method to transfer your domain to WordPress

The process described for transferring your domain name to your WordPress site is a bit lengthy. There is also another way to transfer your domain to a WordPress site. The domain can be transferred to the WordPress from the side of your domain provider also. Relating that, there are different domain providers that can easily facilitate the purpose with ease & utmost convenience. For an instance, Godaddy is a popular domain provider whose offers helps the consumers to get required domain ideas under some especially linked GoDaddy coupons and offers in order to get the hands on a domain at a very low price. To transfer your Godaddy domain to WordPress site follow these steps:

  • Go to your WordPress account and copy the name of your website from the URL.
  • The name of the site will be like mysite.wordpress.com.
  • Now login to your GoDaddy account and open the products page.
  • At the page find Domain and at its right click on “manage”.
  • On the domain, page select the domain that you want to forward to your WordPress site.
  • Then select use my domain and on next page choose to connect to an existing site.
  • Next, on the destinations page select the WordPress option.
  • After that paste your copied WordPress URL on the given box and click on next.
  • At last, a dialog box appears to confirm your GoDaddy domain name click on “Finish” to confirm.
  • Hurrah!!! you have completed the process.

So, thus you can transfer your GoDaddy domain name to the WordPress site and now when anyone searches for your domain name they can see your WordPress blog or website.

Conclusion

I hope this tutorial helps you, if you have any questions regarding WordPress, then feel free to put your comments in below comment section. Do you like & share this article with your friends, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn cool WordPress tutorials.


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