How can you tell that the domain mapping has completed?

There are a couple different ways including

  1. Simply looking at the individual post links in a browsers address bar.  If the hyperlink no longer shows your old subdomain.wordpress.com when you are viewing a blog post, odds are it is done or close, and
  2. Better yet, login to the WordPress.com account (WordPress Admin area) and go to the Tools menu, select Export and export a full copy of your site from WordPress.com.  This will take a minute or two and you may have to wait for WordPress.com to send you an email with a download link in it.  Once you get that email, click the link, download the zip file.  Open and/or extract the file from the zip file. The resulting file is a .xml file type.  You can view this in a text editor such as Notepad on a PC or TextEdit on a Mac (both free and there are many others).  When you look in the xml file, you will see a lot of text and code, more text than code.  This file includes a copy of every blog post, category, comment and more from your site.  ALL THE CONTENT! But we only want to focus on one area that repeats for every blog article.  It is the hyperlink that appears between the following xml code brakets
    1. <link>….</link>
    2. It might look something like this before the mapping is done
      1. <link>http://myblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/great-article-from-july/</link>
    3. It might look something like this after the mapping is done
        1. <link>http://myblogsnewdomainname.com/2015/07/08/great-article-from-july/</link>

If all of the articles have links like the example from AFTER the mapping, then the mapping is done.  If you still find items between the link brackets that have wordpress.com in it, then the mapping is still proceeding.

It generally happens very rapidly these days, but I’d generally recommend waiting about 4-5 days just to be sure.

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