San Francisco: Bloggers employing the hosted WordPress.com service now have the choice to use a .CO domain when seeking to acquire a customized name for their site.
Thus far, users looking to steer clear of a WordPress.com-branded domain through using a tailored URL could choose from a .COM, .ME, .NET or a .ORG.
The domain is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Colombia, and is managed by .CO Internet SAS, a venture formed to benefit from on the popularity of the domain name around the world, with the likes of Twitter using it as their default URL shortener. This symbolizes the first new top-level domain for WordPress.com users since .ME was added way back in 2011.
Since 2010, well over a million .CO domain names have been registered worldwide, a figure that could be set to rise significantly given WordPress is now on the scene.
Using .CO with WordPress.com
Existing WordPress.com users can register a .CO domain name by going to Store >Domains in their dashboard. Then, under ‘Add a Domain’, enter the desired domain. You’ll then be directed through the installing process.
For completely new users, you’ll be asked to complete your details when signing-up for a WordPress.com account, and in the Blog Address field, this is where you’ll indicate your desired top-level domain.
A .CO domain will cost $25 year through WordPress.com, which will certainly include full hosting.
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