WP.com

Want to see a cool trick? Open up a new browser tab and type “wp.com” into the address bar.

Whoa! It just redirected you to WordPress.com.

I could do that all day. :)

Yes it’s true, Automattic is now the proud owner of WP.com, which we acquired from our buddies over at Yahoo! We’ve been using WP.com as internal shorthand for this site for years now, and ever since we figured out four or five years ago that Yahoo had that domain (as opposed to the Washington Post or something) we’ve been doing our best to get it, a journey that culminated in ultimate success a few days ago.

WP.com seemed like a great fit: people’s attention spans are getting shorter every day.  Wow the weather is great in San Francisco today. Also it’s seven keystrokes shorter to type in, which multiplied by the hundreds of millions of times people visit the site every year will be a huge productivity boost to our troubled economy and prevent RSI in a large percentage of the population.

But beyond just redirecting wp.com to wordpress.com I wanted to throw something out to you guys:

What should we do with WP.com?

Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll put it into the Automattic idea machine and crunch something out at the end.


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  1. Charlemagne

    If I wish to visit “wordpress.com” I am going to type in (or google) wordpress.com. Short-handing the website’s url only indemnifies the public’s supposed desire for a lazier approach to finding a website they would not be looking for if they did not already know it exists. But go ahead, use “wp.com” to generate short-term interest in the url itself only to satisfy a spike on the visitors graph, by all means. I like to know I am popular too.

  2. Kat Turner

    Make @wp.com your Twitter name and see how many followers you can get :)

  3. Paul

    Yahoo. Has any business done more to turn the internet into nothing more than advertising medium than Yahoo? WordPress have given me unconditional and absolutely invaluable support for years. You are doing a brilliant job.

  4. art predator

    does this mean if I tweet a link to my blog I can use http://artpredator.wp.com ??? wow! that would give me 7 more characters per tweet!

    and if it doesn’t yet, can it one day?

    wow

  5. art predator

    hmmnnn tested it and I just end up at WP.com which I guess is what you said in the first place

  6. Justin

    Use it as another domain option for blogs. username.wordpress.com could become username.wp.com

  7. Ryan

    Wow. That’s awesome, Matt. Not as awesome as ma.tt, but pretty awesome. I’d have to be pretty conventional and say you should deploy it as an alternative to the wordpress.com domain, so everyone gets a shorter URL for their blog. Otherwise? A URL shortener. Or a web version of WordPress 5.1.

  8. Ryan

    Of course, I meant WordPerfect 5.1. I miss that thing.

  9. Mary

    The word “wordpress” should be eliminated for good, and replaced with WP. :)

  10. whg5

    save it for wordpress bloggers to access their blogs faster and therefor boost wordpress material hitting the web faster ultimately solidifying wordpress even more.

  11. Aditya Kavoor

    Make our blog URLs still smaller and nicer – http://kavoor.wp.com

  12. 3433

    i think it would be great to use it as a shorter blog adress like http://blog_name.wp.com easier to remember and nice looking ^^

  13. raincoaster

    You should make it a moderated Tips blog using the P2 theme, and then any community member would be able to contribute. Then you could just throw it at an editor in a year or two and have a WordPress.com for Dummies book ready-made.

    Shit, why didn’t *I* think of that??? Oh wait, I just did. Did you know I’m an editor too?

  14. theselfloathingfeminist

    It would be great if every feature of the stats was explained clearly for beginners who still have to google things like ‘rss feed’ and ‘syndicated’ to get it in dummy language. I have no clue what the numbers on those pretty graphs and lists actually reflect because nothing seems to add up.

    Or maybe I’m just in over my head. I’m not sure. But congrats on the productivity-boosting domain name!

  15. Christian

    1) Would be cool if it would work with my blogURL too … so that there is no difference if I type. http://utechristian.wordpress.com/ or http://utechristian.wp.com/

    2) Would be great if there would be a tinyURL like “http://wp.com/8976″ to grab somewhere below each post / next to comment or so …

    3) you could take 2) and add the title of the post and send this to twitter.com w/ one klick.

  16. yongsheng

    hahaha! this is so amusing. :)

  17. made junes

    how about wp.org?

  18. fajro

    Nice! :)

  19. Rollin

    Have it be a twitter-style WordPress module for quick blogging. Very bare-bones.

  20. Yella Ojrak

    I think it would be a great idea if can be applied to subdomains, e.g: myblog.wp.com redirect to myblog.wordpress.com.

  21. mikeriveraprod

    Cool! Congratulations on your new Domain name.

  22. Srikanth Srinivasan

    provide blggers with the same extensions? as in theseventhart.wp.com instead of theseventhart.wordpress.com :)

  23. Felix-Gabriel Lefter

    Just go on!

  24. Pothi

    Wow! Every new announcement makes me to feel as if it is the best announcement ever! Very useful addition indeed!

    Okay – I had to admit, there is no idea as of now. :)

    Just cheers and double thumbs up!!!

  25. Midave

    Good news!

    Maybe you could make the WP.COM as alternative address.
    So, I can have address as midave.wordpress.com and midave.wp.com
    Both will work. :)

  26. shaners becker

    A WordPress.com blog URL shortener. Every post/page/comment could get a URL for free that’s something like:

    http://wp.com/a/b
    or something like that.

    Pretty please?

  27. cherielee

    omg its damn cool! i typed my url and changed wordpress to wp too! and it works!!

  28. spokelement

    Does this mean we will be able to shrink down our urls to .wp.com? Will both .wordpress.com and .wp.com work in the future?

  29. cd

    …May be you could now try to sell wp.com to ‘Washington Post’ for a million dollars and use the money to provide more goodies to WordPress.com users :-)

  30. ulysses

    What should we do with WP.com? Well, maybe use it for featuring blogs with excellent content, design, etc. Or maybe use WP.com as a portal for every link that is WordPress related.

  31. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    Wow! It makes easier to find my blog

  32. ericriveracooks

    Could you use it to shorten the normal blog address for users?

    Normal:

    http://ericriveracooks.wordpress.com

    or

    http://ericriveracooks.wp.com

    I think that would be pretty cool………..

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  34. insider53

    If I am having a good day I would say Thanks for making life more convenient. If I am having a bad day however you don’t really want me to tell you what you can do with it. Lucky for you I am having a good day..so thanks.

  35. Andrei

    Use it instead wordpress.com? Like username.wp.com

  36. Ron

    “…people’s attention spans are getting shorter every day. ”

    Not, perhaps, a trait to be encouraged…

  37. ایمان

    give us another domain myblogatwordpress.wp.com :)

  38. qbit

    A redirection: blogname.wp.com ==> blogname.wordpress.com

  39. Simpsonise Adminstator

    cool shortcut, but when I type in simpsonise.wp.com – instead of simpsonise.wordpress.com, I get the wordpress homepgage

  40. Tykerq

    make our domain http://(blogname).wp.com instead of http://(blogname).wordpress.com! It would look cool

  41. draguscn

    How about to be such service like tiny URL, pretty link ?

  42. charleyabel

    How about using it just as wordpress.com is used, so instead of having to type blog.wordpress.com, you can type blog.wp.com; either that or charge people a few credits to upgrade from wordpress.com to wp.com??

  43. intothesystem

    That’s very cool and really handy for those of us browsing on mobiles. Not sure what to use it for other than the redirect but will keep thinking.

  44. timmyjimi

    Cool! What about something like this?: http://username.wp.com

  45. paralleldivergence

    At present, jeopardygame.wp.com doesn’t redirect to my site, so it would be nice to fix that! ;)

  46. Aris

    how about being able to use “blogname”.wp.com – (redirecting all accounts to the new shorter name)

    Great domain btw!

  47. smith3000

    I honestly couldn’t even begin to speculate what you might do with wp.com – long, long week at work – but it is a lot easier to type than before. Every little helps. My fingers and wrists thank you ..

  48. MondoFree

    I think a good idea is a fast access to all our blog. I’d love to get my blog with myname.wp.com :-)

  49. Viper007Bond

    Honestly? I’d say probably leave as is.

    Although it’d be nice if subdomain.wp.com redirected to subdomain.wordpress.com rather than the wordpress.com homepage. Handy for things like Twitter or e-mail.

  50. Johan

    I think it’s cool to redirect our blogs (myblog.wordpress.com) into (myblog.wp.com). :D

  51. Damon Tucker

    Have a contest amongst bloggers and give the domain away to the most creative person who can give a response to “WP.Com”

  52. goosetea

    we could use something like goosetea.wp.com :)

  53. antonjuniorche

    Why don’t you make it into a “Twitter”-like website, but limited to wordpress.com user? That should be interesting.

  54. Brenda Nepomuceno

    That’s cool! And easier, of course. I liked, but I don’t have any good idea of what to do with it to share, sorry! =)

  55. Greg

    It would be cool if blogs would redirect too with WP.com.

    In fact, maybe blogs should be hosted at the more accessible WP.com rather than wordpress.com. Currently, the name makes WordPress perhaps too dominant. http://blognamegoeshere.wp.com/ looks a lot more…friendly? Tidy? I don’t know, but I like it.

    On the negative side, this takes the attention away from your service, which is never a wise idea in marketing. You’d probably need a bit of a rebrand to make people aware of how WP isn’t Wikipedia or Washington Post but WordPress. Ah well, it could be worth it.

  56. Matthew

    It would be great to have WP.com work fully

    So yourblog.wp.com :)

  57. essentialfix

    URL shortener for WordPress.com posts?

  58. Anders

    What about wp.org?

  59. PinchHost

    I’m sure your .com users would be thrilled to see their blog addresses shortened by 7 characters from blogname.wordpress.com to blogname.wp.com.

    Possibly you could further differentiate between WordPress.org and WordPress.com by re-branding WordPress.com as WP.com and redirecting those visiting WordPress.com to WP.com.

  60. Rizal

    it’s a really great news !
    i have tried the wp.com, and its redirected to wordpress.com .
    maybe you can use the wp.com for aggregator, microblogging, social networking or weekly blogging award.
    great job, matt

  61. amrinz

    make a new blog portal like wordpress.com :-)

  62. dlandgren

    Woo! Two letter domain names rule.

    My first suggestion would be to let blog authors decide which domain they wanted their blog to appear under. I for one would be happy to have my blog be known as wirespeed.wp.com. This could be done via a dashboard setting.

    Regards,
    David

  63. 1 of 1

    Free subdomains would be great.

  64. cowkingdeluxe

    Brand WP.com as a competitor to WordPress through a different company owned by WordPress and get more market share.

  65. Daniel

    Maybe we could choose to use WP.com instead of WordPress.com upon blog creation.

  66. hiroe

    I think it would be a waste if you just redirect it to wordpress.com. I dont know how but maybe you can use it as a short link service and integrate it to wordpress blogs.

  67. msdi

    Why not use it to create a tinurl.com style short post for everyone’s wordpress.com posts?

  68. Sauli Lepola

    Nice!
    Just one more question…

    will userblog.wp.com also work in the future?

  69. Silva

    hmm… what about using it as a TLD for accessing any wordpress.com blog, only with a mobile-friendly theme?

  70. maguay

    Let existing users switch to wp.com if they want, and then have their old wordpress.com address redirect to the new wp.com one indefinitely. Then, let new users choose if they want abc.wordpress.com or abc.wp.com.

  71. Prateek

    What a great catch Matt! WP.com is a great fit to wordpress.com .
    My suggestion for a good use. Why not use it as a short URL domain.
    For example:
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/wpcom/
    may be canonical to
    http://wp.com/wpcom

    just my two cents.

    http://twitter.com/prateek

  72. Maxe

    Redirect xxx.wp.com to xxx.wordpress.com. That would be nice :D.

    Thanks

  73. Bon

    Naturally the first idea that springs to mind is a URL shortening service. Not very original or exciting though.

    Any plans to try and secure wp.org?

  74. imaligor

    How about you make that also a sub domain! That way our domain names won’t be as long. FOR EXAMPLE
    ligorcheats.wp.com

  75. nickie wang

    Yeah this one is a cool trick! Thanks!

  76. Olli

    Now if only my Blogs would get redirected, too!

  77. Taddle1

    how about making our blog available like username.wp.com

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  79. Jonathon Reynolds

    The most obvious application I can think of would be a short url service. You may even be able to monetize it if it had a preview mode of the page you are about to visit.

  80. Lora

    Very nice! Now we can access the site faster.
    I’d make it a page where people can choose between a self hosted blog or a blog hosted by WP since there are alot of posts on the WordPress.com forums that needs to be on the WordPress.org forum and vice versa.

    – Lora

  81. امین هاشمی

    cooool

  82. Melonie

    That short little domain name is sweet. Why not share it with us users? username.wp.com has a nice ring to it.

  83. the forester

    Share the wealth! I just tried “seedlings.wp.com” and failed to reach my blog.

  84. Cameron

    I have a great idea!! Instead of using “yourblogname.wordpress.com”, it should be converted to “yourblogname.wp.com”.

  85. Chittaranjan

    Cool.

    Would be cooler if could redirect to the wordpress.com blog :cool:

    Y’know what would be coolest? Allow users to pick two-lettered initials of their own and when appended to WP.com, would lead to their blogs. [e.g. YC.WP.com would lead to my blog :mrgreen: ]

  86. akhpaiman

    I love u, wordpress…

  87. elginjessica

    Probably not an exciting answer, but it makes sense to me that wp.com would continue to redirect to wordpress.com.

  88. Mat in Brooklyn

    First off, make blog adresses redirect from there too, as in: username.wp.com

    Make it something cool. A different portal.

    Great news guys, congrats!

  89. Shion

    Could you make it so that we just need to type blog_name.wp.com instead of the usual blog_name.wordpress.com? The longhand typing is prone to typos.

  90. bencahill

    I think you should make anything @ wp.com redirect to wordpress.com, ex:
    wp.com/whatever
    forwards to
    wordpress.com/whatever

    Of course, everything here is on subdomains, so you would have to implement that as well (could be very hard to implement)

    en.blog.wp.com/2009/04/24/wpcom/
    to
    en.blog.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/wpcom/

    Just an idea!!

  91. helloimsick

    What about putting our blogs at this domain? Such as: example.wp.com
    I think it’s a great thing that you did! Congratulations, WordPress team :)

  92. chinsetakout

    You should make it the same as wordpress.com but make it so ads are allowed on it without having to have a self hosted blog!

    -Chinsetakout

  93. egomaniac

    What a good news!
    Well, I think you should use the wp.com to host our blogs too. So now, people can choose whether to use wordpress.com or wp.com as their blog domain.

  94. badfreeway

    obviously, blogname.wp.com should redirect to blogname.wordpress.com

  95. that girl again

    Simple. Rebrand wordpress.com as wp.com. Existing urls would still work, obviously, but new users would be issued a wp.com subdomain and everyone else would soon pick up and start using the shorter version (like googlemail v. gmail). I’m sure you could resolve the inevitable duplicate content and pagerank issues with those nice people at Google.

    The fact that this site shares a name with wordpress.org has been a major source of confusion since day one, and the sooner it’s fixed the better.

  96. somethingson

    Well now let’s see…..

    You could make a special dyslexic-friendly blogging service with it. WordPress is a bit of a mouthful for some people. [NB- you may need to acquire PW.com as well.]

    Or you could do what I do and just keep it inert for several ages, looking at it and thinking, wow, that’s mine. I wish I hadn’t paid so much money for it.

  97. Tyler

    aww… can’t do:
    blognamehere.wp.com

    just redirects me to wordpress.com

    cool trick though!

  98. blulady

    That is pretty cool. I don’t know how useful it will be, but I like how it worked.

  99. Writer's Block

    Great to see that wp.com is here! Just a thought… is it possible to make [my_blog_name].wp.com redirect to [my_blog_name].wordpress.com ?

  100. Nightgunner5

    Do the same thing as SF.net, so http://en.blog.wp.com/wpcom would redirect to this post!

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