It is getting closer. For all of you that have wanted to get a domain for your WordPress.com blog, rather than being on a subdomain, that goal has become one step closer today as Andy posts on the WordPress.com blog about their progress.
So here’s my idea: I’ll sneak into a few of your dashboards when you aren’t looking and give you a brand new domain based on your current one. If you like it, keep it as your blog URL until it expires or you renew it. If you don’t like it, you’ll be able to switch back to your wordpress.com domain. If you decide to keep it, all of your old URLs (permalinks) will still work. They’ll simply redirect visitors to the new URL.
It’s a bit of a treat and a bit of a trick. This is for testing, remember? Something might go horribly wrong and your blog might become inaccessible to visitors from Bangalore or Biloxi. You might not like the domain. You might be such a fan of WordPress that you miss your old subdomain. In any event, you will be able to switch your blog back to its old URL any time. The free URL also expires after one year, so you’ll have to pay to renew it or lose it. Tricky, huh?
Very smart, and fun from the folks at WordPress.com, and I can only guess that they are very close to opening this feature up (which will probably be a premium feature by the way).
If you have a WordPress.com blog, and have been lucky enough to be assigned one of these new domains, let me know. I would love to see what kind of names they are picking out for people.