WordPress.com has finally unveiled a feature that a lot of people have been waiting for for a long time: domain registration and mapping
. Until now, your WordPress.com blog could only have an address like example.wordpress.com, but today you can set up your own domain name like example.com and have your WordPress.com blog show up there, which previously was only possible using lame tricks like redirection or frames. This is a trick TypePad
and others have been doing for a long time, and which the WordPress.com folks have been promising for almost as long, so I'm happy to see it finally happening. If you already own a domain name, domain mapping will cost you $10 per year, or you can register one on the setup page for a total of $15 per year, which isn't a bad deal. As an added bonus, if you already have readers that know your .wordpress.com address, they'll automatically be redirected to your new domain name. Cool.