WordPress.com Plans will no Longer Offer Free Domain Credits

I was informed this morning that WordPress.com will no longer offer one-year free domain credit upon renewal of its subscription plans (Personal, Premium, and Business) starting on December 19, 2018. Those of you who are subscribed to WordPress.com’s plans may already be aware of this.

I received the following email from WordPress.com which said:

We are writing to tell you about an important change to your subscription plan that’s coming soon. As of December 19, 2018, WordPress.com plans will no longer include a free domain credit for renewals.

Your site, the tools, and benefits you get from your plan will remain unchanged. This policy change only impacts your domain registration.

I’m not sure if this change will encompass the Business Plan as well, though the email seemed to imply that it’s included.

The email then stated that you can still renew your plan for one more year (plus a free one-year domain credit) until December 18. However, this is not applicable to me since I just renewed my plan a month ago.

Furthermore, the email concluded that on my next billing, I will have to pay an additional $26 for my domain name. So, I may consider switching to another domain registrar when the time comes.

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45 thoughts on “WordPress.com Plans will no Longer Offer Free Domain Credits

  1. I have been trying out WordPress new editor on one of my blogs. So far, I consider that a detriment. I may consider switching because of it. When I saw the email about the new charge, I wondered if this was a decision by WordPress.com or if the ICANN Board made a decision to prevent companies from giving away “Free” domains.

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    1. In my opinion, Gutenberg is buggy and is still not ready to go live. They admitted that it is incomplete so I find it strange that they released it to end-users. Nonetheless, you can still switch back to the classic editor if you want.

      Of course, this is WordPress.com’s decision. Also, they are charging too high for a mere domain name when you can get one for 11 to 15 dollars from other registrars.

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      1. It seems a lot of businesses covering a variety of genres (including MMORPGs) are rather foolishly resorting to this ‘method’ – prematurely release an incomplete and/or buggy product, but charge like a wounded bull for it anyway.
        Naturally, those resorting to such methods are now finding themselves in hot water with some justifiably angry customers.


  2. Thanks for posting. I also received this email from WordPress. On first reading, I laughed because I thought it was spam. Second reading, I was annoyed because I’ve got another six months to go. Then I thought ‘poor timing’ just before the holiday season. If this change must happen, I think existing bloggers should be exempt.

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  3. I got that e-mail yesterday too and I renewed immediately. This is the first year I got a domain name for my blog (walkinwritinwitwhimsy.com) and did that when they a 30%off sale to get a domain name. I have kept it as lindaschaubblog.net but wanted the name in case I needed it down the road. I am happy with WordPress so plan to stay here. I usually renew every January 11th, one month before the blog anniversary, so I seized the opportunity to save the $26.00 fee so I only had to pay $99.00 premium fee like I have since I began the blog in 2013. I saw it as a win-win … was it all in the timing for me then?

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      1. Yes, that was too bad for you and they’ll probably do that to me next year. It is my first year with the domain name so I figured maybe it was a courtesy since I am a newbie, though I’ve had the blog for almost six years.


    1. You could always consider self hosting options. As I said somewhere in this comments section, self hosting can be cheaper or a lot more expensive than the Business plan, depending on what you want. If you choose this option, please do an extensive research about it. Don’t listen to those “reviews” of the best web hosts as they receive large affiliate earnings from those companies. The IEG (International Endurance Group) is the most notorious of them all. They furtively purchase many web hosting companies and pretend that those companies are competing against each other. So, for example, if you don’t like the service of Hostgator and decide to switch to Bluehost, you’re basically still their client.

      Also, the offer high affiliate percentage (50% or more) so even “authoritative” sites are singing their praises on them. Do a search of “top 10 best web hosts” and I bet that on most of the lists, at least 7 of them are ownred by IEG.
      Good luck.

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    1. If they increase the price, it’d discourage potential subscribers. New bloggers will think that paying for your domain name makes sense. It’s all about business in the end…

      Only time will tell if this business decision will have detrimental effects on WP…

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  4. further more , one month ago when i started/signed up,i invested around 400euros . i considered that does not worth and i asked for refund . i’ve got only partial refunds. i’m waiting and waiting like a sucker for 116 euros to get back from 3 november. “the happy engeneers” kept telling me to check the bank and gave me STAn numbers of the 3 separate transactions and said to ask there bcoz THE BANK can’t somethimes see right the transaction . what a joke !!! they are getting worse and they will lose people as other sites started to offer good deals
    in conclusion,that email does not suprise me at all . they will seek ways to charge money as much as posibe in the future…their loss…

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    1. You may consider self-hosting options. They can either be cheaper or a lot more expensive than your WP plan, depending on what you want. However, many web hosting companies will only give you a 1 or 2-year free domain credit. After that, you’ll have to pay a registrar. Those which say that they include “a free website” onlu mean a space for a website (not including the domain name).

      Downgrading your site to a free plan is a very bad idea as your links will become broken.

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