While most web designers and web developers generally deploy self-hosted WordPress blogs for their own sites and their customers, there are some instances where the small business may need to temporarily slipstream their existing WordPress.com website until they have put the finishing touches on a custom WordPress site hosted on Midphase servers.
This route becomes even more important if you purchase a domain through Midphase, since many users may wish to maintain the WordPress.com website over the short-term while they fine-tune the self-hosted WordPress version.
Any customer can do this via a relatively new feature on the Midphase platform which allows you to point your domain name (registered at Midphase) to your WordPress.com website.
Thus, if your blog resides at abc.wordpress.com and you’ve registered yourdomain.com with Midphase you can automatically redirect all your WordPress.com links and website visitors to the new domain.
Here is what you need to do with regards domain registration and mapping. It is semi-technical, but really not that difficult to do:
- Login to your control panel at WordPress.com
- Go to Options > domains
- Enter your domain name into the top box. See screenshot below.
- If you already have the domain registered, you can map it for $10/yr.
- Next, amend the DNS nameservers on your domain at Midphase to point to WordPress.com (our support team can do this for you). Then wait a few hours and your domain should be live!
For more information on domain names, please visit the Midphase Support Center. You will find a wealth of information there to help you troubleshoot routine issues related to hour hosted website.
Remember, WordPress is considered the world’s most popular blogging platform and either the self-hosted or hosted version should serve your needs well for years to come. Further, it has grown into a robust content management system that is challenging bigger rivals such as Joomla and Drupal.