One of the requirements of owning a domain is that you must give your contact details when registering that domain.
Internet regulations require that your name, address, email, and phone number be accessible 24/7 to anybody who wants to see them just by looking up your domain. This rule was created to make it easy to contact a domain owner in case of problems, but it has since been exploited by spammers and marketers to bother people. Your personal information is exposed 24 hours a day, everyday, to anyone, anywhere.
Unfortunately since this information is publicly available it may be used by spammers and marketers to send unsolicited messages, or by others who want to harass a domain owner.
You have the power to change this. With a private (“unlisted”) registration through Domains By Proxy (our affiliate company), registering a domain name doesn’t mean sacrificing your privacy. Their name is shown on the registration instead of yours, but you still retain the full benefits of full registration.
Starting today you can add the private registration upgrade when you buy a domain, or if you have an existing domain registered on WordPress.com you can make it private at any time. If your domain expires in less than six months in the current year you’ll get the rest of the year free but you will have to renew the domain and cover the cost of the privacy upgrade for the remainder of the domain’s lifetime.
For example, if it’s July, and your domain expires in two months in September, you can renew the domain today and only be charged for the renewal and private registration upgrade for the coming year starting in September. We’ll give you two free months of private registration upgrade.
The private domain registrations upgrade costs $8 a year and you must purchase the upgrade for the length of time your domain is registered for.
Jul 30th at 8:33 pm
Private domain registrations are an excellent safety feature, Donncha, and I’m delighted to see WordPress.com offering that option. I have been using that privacy feature on all of my 150 domains registered with Network Solutions.
Jul 30th at 8:37 pm
I’ve used this before…well worth the $8!
Jul 30th at 8:38 pm
Never thought this would ever be possible…
Jul 30th at 8:39 pm
By private domain does that mean that your website (e.g. name.com) won’t show up on google search?
Jul 30th at 8:43 pm
A wonderful and long awaited addition to the many WordPress.com features. Thank you.
Jul 30th at 8:54 pm
Jul 30th at 9:09 pm
Is it still not possible to transfer a domain registration that already exists with another provider?
Jul 30th at 9:24 pm
Yes, a much awaited feature.
I’ve seen several people in the forums taken by surprise that this was not already an automatic option! I’ve seen several people in the forums taken by surprise that this not the automatic default. From my experience though, it is not automatic to have your personal information hidden when you host a name you own somewhere.
$8 is a very reasonable fee.
Jul 30th at 9:28 pm
That change was needed, now how about telling us how to make the change? I have a domain registered with your upgrade section but I don’t see how I can get anywhere on domains by proxy.
Jul 30th at 9:41 pm
Totally waiting for this for a while. Thanks WP.
Jul 30th at 9:42 pm
This is a great feature. I would love to read a post about how to go about making this change.
Jul 30th at 9:48 pm
Glad to see the new upgrade,
Jul 30th at 9:55 pm
We are very amused.
Jul 30th at 10:14 pm
Domains by Proxy? Seriously?
All they protect is against anyone doing a whois search. The moment they receive a request for info or a threatening letter of any kind (no litigation needed) they will reveal your contact info.
A quick google search reveals numerous horror stories, one of which caused someone real problems: http://forums.nodaddy.com/index.php?topic=6.0
People should not rely on this.
Jul 30th at 10:21 pm
I’ll be doing this soon once my blog becomes more famous lol. Thanks for this in advance
Jul 30th at 10:25 pm
This is great news! Thanks for allowing this feature.
Jul 30th at 10:29 pm
Domain purchasing here is now $23 versus $10 at Google blogs. Hmm…
Jul 30th at 10:30 pm
1&1 provides private registration for free with their domain purchases (which are actually cheaper than GoDaddy’s). Is there some advantage to paying $10.69 to GoDaddy plus $8 to your affiliate, when you can apparently get the exact same benefit from 1&1 for less than half the cost? I have no affiliation to any registrar, but just don’t like to see people get ripped off.
Jul 30th at 10:35 pm
Wow – cool feature. I’ve been considering a .com all week, and this definitely helps!
Jul 30th at 10:37 pm
Much needed upgraded for anyone who is using wordpress domain upgrade.
I am still waiting for a day when wordpress provides its own hosting serves with advt, adsense, custom themes, plugins for a nominal fee. So that I don’t need to rely on most of the non-reliable hosting companies.
Great weekend ahead
Jul 30th at 10:49 pm
Excellent upgrade idea, this is well worth the money.
Jul 30th at 10:50 pm
Interesting concept but it appears like you are exploiting privacy paranoias because I have owned multiple domains for many years and I have never experienced any privacy issues as a result nor in all these years have I heard anyone or any news agency report or complain about this in any shape or form. Seems to me to be another cash grab for something that should be a free option in the first place.
But hey I don’t care one way or another; I am not paranoid. Good luck with the service.
Jul 30th at 11:02 pm
Another great feature from WordPress. I’m thinking of leaving my wife for you….
Jul 30th at 11:04 pm
I am scared to go for dreamhost and some other hosting as some of my friends had bad experience with them
The wait continues…
Jul 30th at 11:18 pm
Matt I am well aware of the info out there-I have used TuCows WHOIS services for years to look up register information to find out who owns a domain, when it was created or when it will expire and might become available and like I said- it has never been a problem having my registered info floating around in cyberspace. Further more, there is no such thing as Anonymity in cyberspace, one’s IP fingerprints follows them everywhere they go…
Jul 30th at 11:23 pm
Thank you so much. This is going to come in handy!
Jul 31st at 12:04 am
Domains by Proxy is great, the only problem I have with them, is that they also help hide content theives, spammers and fradusters. The price of privacy
Jul 31st at 1:17 am
$8 a year, not bad.
Jul 31st at 3:01 am
Yes! YES! That is what I am looking for, since registering domain in wordpress make me feel naked.
Jul 31st at 4:28 am
Ok, very good. Here i come.
Good to have it al in one place
Jul 31st at 7:24 am
I understand whats siru meant. Matt, we need a wordpress-owned regular hosting company unlike third parties such as dreamhost or godaddy. You can say that I’m waiting for a cheaper and more affordable version of wordpress vip hosting (please put the vip off and think about general people, too). Hoping that you got me.
Jul 31st at 3:05 pm
Finally! This is great news for the site owners – however, the consumers have to be much more careful now about who they deal with.
Jul 31st at 5:46 pm
What about adding the privacy feature once you’re already renewed?
Jul 31st at 8:05 pm
Thank you for the feature. You should have tied in the free DNS editing feature that you offer to this post.
Jul 31st at 10:19 pm
Best for those live countries with hard internet censorship and limitations on freedom of speech.
Thanks for nice feature
Aug 1st at 5:08 am
Thanks guys… I was just about get a domain upgrade for my poetry blog…
Aug 1st at 8:21 am
Nice one…I am not directly connected to this for now but I’m sure the information will be valuable in a later date. Thanks for consistently working to make WP the bloggers haven.
Aug 1st at 9:28 am
So i need to pay a total of $23 a year. Is it right?
Aug 1st at 10:25 pm
That’s great to know! I will definitely have to remember this when I decide to get my own domain name!
Aug 4th at 6:24 am
This is really cool. There are lots of spammers out there looking for personal data and selling them. Private register though a little extra dollars but its worthy… Thanks for notifying the issue.
Aug 4th at 9:29 am
it is not $8 per year, but with additional charge for domain mapping $9.97 and domain registration $5, it would cost $22.97 per year???
Aug 4th at 12:41 pm
This is also easy to accomplish from the actual organisations that control the domain. You will need to go to the one that controls domain assigning within your part of the world. Useful info for anyone with a domain already and wants to hide their details.
by law you must show you name.
In your personal info on whois it’ll just show:
The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their
address omitted from the WHOIS service.
Instead of private details
Aug 5th at 4:12 am
And I was thinking of getting my own domain… I so didn’t know about that. Though, it is indeed a very good update to the domain registration system.
Aug 6th at 8:06 pm
Whether or not you use WordPress’ affiliiate to register your domain, private registration may be one of the best things you can do if you want to keep things separate between your real life and your online life. People often use their blogs to post strong opinions, frustrations and more. These posts don’t always look good to a current or potential employer.
I encourage people to grab the opportunity for private registration if and when it is offered. It’s a valuable layer of privacy protection for you.
Aug 7th at 1:56 pm
For those who argue the neccessity of this: If nothing else, it is much like putting your seat belt on while driving. Will it prevent you 100% from getting injured or killed in any and all accident scenarios? No, probably not, but it is one thing you can do to protect yourself. And that is all it is. For a mere $8/yr I would rather do what I can to protect myself than do nothing and wonder later how/why I got hurt:)
Aug 7th at 4:14 pm
Great feature, just noticed my one domain is totally cloaked while all my info is open on another!
Awesome to have all these option features for those who want them – go team WP!
Aug 7th at 11:05 pm
My ISP shows up as the contact for my domains, so I’m not going to worry about it.
Aug 10th at 7:07 pm
I appreciate this option and will definitely look into it some more.
Aug 11th at 8:04 pm
This makes things much easier. WordPress was highly recommended by an author who helps other, fledgling freelance writers like me. She also said it is imperative to get a domain name, so people can find you more easily. Now I can do both here!
Aug 13th at 5:23 pm
Is this for the free blogs, also?