It's easy to install WordPress, one of the most recognizable Content Management Systems. As a highly customizable and popular blogging platform in the market, it offers a number of domain options to admins.
At a NamesCon conference in January 2014, Mullenweg had speculated on the issue of domain names. He spoke about users using the word ‘WordPress’ in their site address, and the fact that sometimes the company does go after domain owners. In fact, some cases have been lodged in the past in this regard.
According to Mullenweg this was done to prevent people from downloading or accessing any bad files that might affect the user, and also to avoid users getting confused when they punched in ‘WordPress’ and landed up on irrelevant sites.
A WordPress.com blog comes with a free address, like “www.example.wordpress.com”. Admins can choose to remove the “.wordpress.com” part and opt for a customized domain name instead, such as “example.com”. The question of possibly introducing new TLDs was also brought up. Mullenweg said WordPress will register their name in all of them so as to ensure brand enforcement.
On March 24, 2014, WordPress announced that it is offering its users twelve new top-level domains. These are available for both new as well as existing sites, and include .com.br, .net.br, .info, .biz, .mob, .mx, .es, .nl, .be, .fm, .tv and .in. WordPress now offers a total of seventeen domains.
The wonderful thing about WordPress is that it offers three ways by which users can add a custom domain. The first is by registering a new domain through WordPress.com. Admins can then connect it automatically and almost instantly, without having to go through much hassle.
The second way is by mapping an existing domain to your WordPress site. This is feasible if you have a domain that you’ve registered and purchased elsewhere, say via a WordPress hosting service.
The third possible way is by mapping a subdomain - this is particularly important for a domain with an existing website.
WordPress gives the freedom to add as many domains as one wishes to their blogsite. However, only one of them will remain the primary domain. The others will be redirected to the primary one. The prices are decided keeping in mind all pocket sizes, and range from $18 to $99 per domain, per year. This ensures affordability along with freedom of choice.
With these newly added choices, users will be free to choose and experiment with new and relevant domains. An entire palette of domains has been spread before your eyes - feel free to take your pick!