Custom Domain with bitly

Okay, I just realized that offers free custom domain shortening. Amazing. I really wonder how they are generating cash out of their service. I would have thought this would be a paid service like custom domains are for

It was quite easy to setup. I first headed over to to grab a free domain (yes, I’m cheap). Unfortunately was already taken so I took All I had to do was set the A record for to and then go over to and add as custom short domain. Finding this setting is a little buried, I had to go to settings and then advanced as opposed to finding it as an option under one of the main tabs like profile.

I’m curious now to see what kind of stats I will get out of my domain shortener now.

Custom Domain for

Well, this evening I decided to fork over the $13 to have a custom domain setup for my blog so you can get here by going to instead of Overall it was a pretty painless process. From the Dashboard I just went to the Store and selectde “Mapping.”


From there I marked that I already own a domain and entered I then paid for it with my PayPal account and was taken to the following screen.


At this point I just hoped over to where I have my domain registered and changed my domain’s name servers to NS1.WORDPRESS.COM and NS2.WORDPRESS.COM. (Full instructions available at 1and1 support)

After this a funny thing happened when I went to Chrome wouldn’t render my site because of a redirect loop. It took a minute for that to make sense. I had my domain at setup to do a HTTP redirect to (the cheap way to do a CNAME Winking smile). Because I had just switched in the above configuration to be the primary domain, was redirecting to where 1and1 redirected me to Ah…the beauty of redirects…

So, I’ll be leaving as the primary until my name server change is propagated through the interwebs.