WordPress.com has just announced over the week-end that it’s giving away free domains on randomly selected WordPress.com blogs.
Our most requested feature has nearly always been the ability to change a blog’s URL. Weâ€™ve been working on a system that lets you do just that and I am pleased to tell you that it is almost ready!
Just to clarify what Iâ€™m talking about, we are making it possible to give your WordPress.com blog a different URL. For example, your blog can live at yourdomain.com or blog.yourdomain.com instead of yourblog.wordpress.com.
Domain registration and mapping are sensitive, technical operations and we want these processes to be easy. To that end, the development and testing have to be thorough. While I was setting up test domains it occurred to me that I ought to set them up on live blogs rather than test blogs. The more traffic the systems gets during testing, the more confidently we can release the feature.
So here’s my idea: Iâ€™ll sneak into a few of your dashboards when you arenâ€™t looking and give you a brand new domain based on your current one. If you like it, keep it as your blog URL until it expires or you renew it. If you donâ€™t like it, you’ll be able to switch back to your wordpress.com domain. If you decide to keep it, all of your old URLs (permalinks) will still work. Theyâ€™ll simply redirect visitors to the new URL.
That’s a nice feature to add which I think will convince a lot of WP.com bloggers to retain their blogs in the long haul.