WordPress recommends you get a .COM domain name

WordPress and Automattic, the parent company of WordPress and the new .blog extension, are recommending that you should get a .com domain name if both the .com and .blog domains are available.

Automattic has setup a registrar at https://wordpress.com/domain/. The registrar seems to be a Tucows reseller and at first glance seems a bit on the expensive side. Domains start at $18 per year. .Blog has 109,652 domain names registered according to NameStat.

I ended up there after doing a domain name related search and seeing an ad on Google

So I visited the website and made a domain name search for a random domain name. The recommended domain name was the .com. The .blog domain name was below the .com.

WordPress thinks that “The right domain is all you need”.

I then did a search for a popular keyword like “domains”. The recommended domain name was domains.accountants. That is of course a domain name nobody wants but I guess it is the only “domains.extension” domain name available. As you can see .com is the default first option followed by 4 other extensions. Then after that WordPress seems to offer several .blog domains.

Then I searched for another popular keyword that is “sex” and the website went a bit crazy trying to find a free domain name. Somehow WordPress thinks that all the “sex” domains from the Radix registry are available to register for $30 per year, which of course isn’t true.

I also checked their Terms of Service and found out that WordPress is a probably a Tucows reseller.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

3 comments

  1. I’d buy that for a dollar.

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