a year and a day

Domain mapping is here, only a year after it was first promised in the FAQ. (A year and a day, actually, but let’s not be too pedantic.) Let us hope the shopping cart is up to the job.

I personally would caution against registering a domain here unless you’re happy for your domain to be locked into wordpress.com indefinitely (there are apparently plans to allow transfers to other registrars so you can reuse the domain for a self-hosted blog, but no timeline on this) or for your real name and address to be publically associated with your blog (no private registrations as yet; yeah, you could always lie, but that’s technically illegal so I’m not going to go around advocating that solution in public ;)). But people want it, it sounds like it’ll get more takeup than custom CSS and therefore earn more money, and more money means less likelihood of ads getting plastered over the blogs of people who don’t want them. So this is good.

8 Comments »

  1. skippy said

    Automatic sub-domain mapping means we can have all sorts of fun linking to things like i-think-he-is-going-bald.andyskelton.com. Let the snide linking begin! 😉

  2. Andy said

    hahaha!

  3. Andy said

    (laughing at skippy, not wank. good post, wank.)

  4. Matt said

    I have personally verified that Andy is in no danger of going bald.

    Now to the fun stuff: you can transfer the domain to another register whenever you want — it’s all in the registrants name and email so when you initiate a transfer it sends an email to the admin contact (you) and you click a link and that’s it. No hard feelings, it’s your domain!

    This feature should have a much more mainstream appeal than CSS editing, because you don’t need to know any code, the process is pretty streamlined and anyone can do it.

  5. timethief said

    SHEESH – skippy is a bad, bad, boy for presenting the temptation of snide linking! revenge linking! mailicious linking! *lol* what a temptation … ahem … I didn’t really mean that.😉

  6. you can transfer the domain to another register whenever you want

    That’s great news. I think I was just a bit confused by Andy’s response when I asked about this on the forum:

    You will be able to transfer your domain to another registrar, though not in the initial release.(emphasis mine)

    Are we already out of the initial release phase? That was fast.

  7. Alan said

    Maybe the domain forwarding the a-listers were using was the initial release?

  8. Matt said

    You know how we roll.

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