Announcing Free .blog Subdomains

A great site deserves a great address on the web. Now you can use a free .blog subdomain on WordPress.com.

Over the last thirteen years or so, the number of sites on WordPress.com has grown — a lot. Every one of those sites gets a unique wordpress.com address. And since there are millions of sites created each year, it means the address you’d like isn’t always available.

Today, a whole new range of possibility opens up: free .blog subdomains.

What’s a subdomain?

Glad you asked! This site’s address is blog.wordpress.com. Here, wordpress.com is the domain and blog is the subdomain.

Say your name is Molly and you’re starting a food blog. The domain mollysfoodblog.wordpress.com — that is, the subdomain “mollysfoodblog” on wordpress.com — is already taken by someone. Or you’re starting a website to offer tech advice; but there’s already a site using techadvice.wordpress.com, drat!

Now you have more options: you can choose to use a free subdomain with a .blog address, like mollys.food.blog or advice.tech.blog. There’s a list of popular .blog domains we’ve reserved just for this:

  • art.blog
  • business.blog
  • car.blog
  • code.blog
  • data.blog
  • design.blog
  • family.blog
  • fashion.blog
  • finance.blog
  • fitness.blog
  • food.blog
  • game.blog
  • health.blog
  • home.blog
  • law.blog
  • movie.blog
  • music.blog
  • news.blog
  • photo.blog
  • poetry.blog
  • politics.blog
  • school.blog
  • science.blog
  • sport.blog
  • tech.blog
  • travel.blog
  • video.blog
  • water.blog

These .blog subdomains work just like the regular wordpress.com subdomains — they don’t expire, they’re free to use for the lifetime of your site, and you can always replace them with a custom domain at any time.

How do I get one?

First, create your new site. In the first step of signup, we’ll ask you about your goal for your site — select only the “Share ideas, experiences, updates, reviews, stories, videos, or photos” option. In our experience, the people who select this option generally find that a .blog subdomain fits their site well. Fill out the other fields as well, and click Continue

Now, in the next step when searching for a site address, you’ll see a free option at the top of the list. We’ll suggest a .blog subdomain related to the terms you entered in the first step. For example, if you searched for “Tech Advice,” we might suggest advice.tech.blog as an address for your site.

Click Select next to the address you choose, and you’re all set,

Your new website and its perfect address are only a few clicks away. If you start a new site with a .blog subdomain, let us know in the comments! We’d love see what you create.


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  1. Savvy101 - Writers

    That’s really a wonderful news, thank you WordPress.com team!

    Liked by 10 people

  2. eddyzhuo

    Thank you, thank you! This will definitely increase the blog site’s professional presentation!

    Liked by 7 people

  3. Warriorcats430

    Thank you ! thats awesome! 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 7 people

  4. martin

    Thank you for the option. Just one quick comment, it would be beneficial if we could choose a more appropriate subdomain. For example, my attempts generated ***.home.blog when ***.news.blog is a much better choice.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Del Putnam

      Thanks for letting us know. We will continue to refine the algorithm that generates the .blog subdomain suggestions. If you’re not quite happy with the option that we’ve come up with try modifying the search terms and see if we can find something more that works a bit better for you.

      Liked by 11 people

      • sirthis

        Thanks fot those subdomains! There is a way to solve this. If you want the subdomain mylovelyname.school.blog and the system is just offering you the option, let’s say mylovelyname.water.blog when you write mylovelyname then just write … mylovelyname.school.blog! Just write exactly what you want! If it is available the system will show this option to choose!

        Liked by 3 people

  5. krynsky

    Are the subdomains only available for new sites or can you assign one to an existing site?

    Liked by 11 people

  6. wordswithdestiny

    This seems like a helpful new feature!

    Liked by 10 people

  7. riverdalehistoricalsociety

    Please clarify: If one has a ‘custom domain’ but stops paying for it i.e., MollysFood.com what is the status of the Free .blog subdomain? Will not mollysfood become a free subdomain of WordPress.com i.e., mollysfood.wordpress.com. If so, what will happen to the free subdomain?

    Liked by 5 people

    • Del Putnam

      If you create a free site with an address of mollys.food.blog and then later add a plan with a custom domain such as mollysfood.com, the .blog subdomain mollys.food.blog and the custom domain mollysfood.com will both point to the same site.

      If you let the plan and custom domain expire, then the site will still resolve using the .blog subdomain mollys.food.blog, but the custom domain mollysfood.com will no longer resolve to the site.

      I hope this helps answer your question.

      Liked by 5 people

  8. Ghybz

    This is so cool! I’m still quite excited about this even if I already have my own domain. So useful for starting bloggers. Good job WordPress.com!

    Liked by 5 people

  9. thesciencegeek

    This is really good news, but I have the following general question
    Is the list of popular .blog domains going to be regularly reviewed/added to? For example could an ‘astronomy. blog’ be added if there were enough demand

    The Science Geek

    Liked by 2 people

    • Del Putnam

      Currently we don’t have any plans to expand the list of .blog domains we’re using for these free subdomains, but if that ever changes we’ll publish an updated list here.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. deepanilamani

    Its good to see new things coming on. I already have my own two Websites and Domains, but it will be a good thing for those who start up new sites to have their own, according to their own topics. Thank you all for the hard work put in for all of us the bloggers!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. akin Adeleye

    Good new options, good implementation of feedback given to WordPress Happiness Engineers. Am happy I stayed to build my new website with WordPress.com and did not have to go look elsewhere. Keep the improvements ongoing.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. sirthis

    I have noticed the existence of about many blogs that use subdomains of .science.blog. These blogs are not brand new and some have older posts. I thought to have such a subdomain was just an option announced in this post.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Del Putnam

      We have been testing the use of these .blog subdomains on a limited basis for a while, so there may be a number of older blogs using these reserved .blog domains. We published this post once we felt the feature was ready to be made available to everyone.

      Liked by 2 people

  13. shaon803944

    Once I select a sub domain, how can I change it later? Please give details.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Del Putnam

      You can change one of these free .blog subdomains in the same way that you can update your WordPress.com subdomain from the My Site->Domains page. See this support page for more information.

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  14. Jennifer Romig

    Can people still register ___.wordpress.com for free?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Del Putnam

      Absolutely! When creating a new site, just make sure that you don’t only check the option to “Share ideas, experiences, updates, reviews, stories, videos, or photos” and we will suggest a WordPress.com subdomain as the free option for your new site’s address.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Now In Use

    I went to take advantage of this with a new idea I had, however, there was no .blog option even though fitness was a component. Is this feature active already?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Del Putnam

      It is indeed active. Make sure that you select only the option to “Share ideas, experiences, updates, reviews, stories, videos, or photos” in step one when creating a new site.

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