Domain Name Game
January 7, 2011 10:34 PM   Subscribe

Quick question...if I purchase a domain name (ie through Wordpress, can I transfer it to a different cms (?) in the future if i am not happy with wordpress' performance? For instance could I go to Joomla and take my name with me or does wordpresss somehow own it? This and any other tips you have for a new website creator/user would be greatly appreciated.
posted by madmamasmith to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A content management system (cms) is the software that runs on a server. A webhost provides the server space. Currently, is your host and WordPress is your CMS. You can just as easily run WordPress on your own server.

Anyway, the quick answer is that you can transfer it after 60 days.
posted by yaymukund at 10:43 PM on January 7, 2011

Your domain name is merely a locator for your information (html pages, cms, etc.). It is completely platform- and software-independent. However, depending on who you register your domain through (your registrar), you most likely have control of the domain yourself, but it's important to know that. Check your ownership information with your registrar to make sure.
posted by liquado at 11:23 PM on January 7, 2011

There are 2 points - the nameservers and the registration.

As yaymukund points out you can transfer the registration after 60 days.
But you can change the nameservers - and therefore where it is hosted - at any time at all.

So you could buy the domain today, buy hosting at Dreamhost (for example) tomorrow and change the nameservers at the same time. You would then have your blog at Dreamhost.
And after 60 days you could transfer the registration to any other registrar.

Once you are not hosted on you can put anything on the domain - it's yours.
posted by episodic at 11:37 PM on January 7, 2011

Just buy your domain elsewhere and point it wherever you want. There's No Reason, whatsoever, to pay $17 for a domain name today. None. $10 and under at lots of registrars.
posted by FlamingBore at 11:43 PM on January 7, 2011

If you haven't regged the name yet you might want to not publicise The adress you are aiming for. Someone might get inspired to beat you to it.
posted by Iteki at 1:42 AM on January 8, 2011

Nthing - always get your domain from a domain registrar (;, etc.) and get hosting elsewhere.
posted by randomkeystrike at 4:29 AM on January 8, 2011

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