Medium stopped offering custom domains

3 mins read. March 23, 2018 Medium   Domain   Blogging Personal

No more custom domains, is this the end of Medium?

No more custom domains, is this the end of Medium?

I love medium, don’t get me wrong! But now they stopped with custom domains, I’m not so sure I want to stay. Custom domains was one of the reasons I liked medium, I even wanted to pay the 75 dollars for it. But now custom domains are no where to be found at medium anymore. < !–more –>

Is this the end of Medium?

So yesterday I finally made the choice! Again it looked like my Wordpress site was hacked! Even though I update everything, every day when needed. But as MSWindows, Wordpress is being used by the majority of bloggers so it’s an liked easy target for hackers.

So after I fixed the hack on my Wordpress site I was searching for the Custom domain section on Medium.

So on Google I searched for “Custom Domain Medium” and my eye fell on this text.

Medium is no longer offering new custom domains as a feature.

Wait! What?

I clicked on the Medium support article and read it with horror.

Medium is no longer offering new custom domains as a feature. If you already have a custom domain on Medium, nothing will change for you for the foreseeable future, and your domain will continue to work as expected.

No no no no …. this cannot be True! I searched on google for more articles about domains on Medium.

Custom domains on Medium — Medium Support

404 ERROR

The most insightful stories about Custom Domain — Medium

404 ERROR

Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay…. this cannot be True! So I send out a mail to Support!

Hi,

I wanted to add another domain to medium, but now I’m reading that Medium is no longer offering new custom domains as a feature?

Is this true?

Please please please I hope not

I waited for an answer while crying my eyeballs out. (well obviously not really)

And the answer came!

Hi Theo,

Medium is no longer offering new custom domains for publications as a feature. If you already have a custom domain on Medium, nothing will change for you for the foreseeable future, and your domain will continue to work as expected.

You can always create a publication on Medium that will live on a medium.com/publication-name URL.

Thanks,
User Services

No more custom domains on Medium

So…. no more custom domains on Medium.

I understand Medium is shifting it’s revenue model to paid memberships when you want to read certain articles

I understand Medium had to ask for money for custom domains and ssl certificates.

But why stop handling custom domains?

So I got one final mail from Medium when I asked them why they stopped this feature

Hi Theo,

I don’t have more information to share at this time. I will make sure our team will receive your feedback.

Thanks,
Ben
User Happiness

So…. no information.

Now, I was already thinking if medium was right for me. I’m a blogger and don’t want to much thinking about security of my site, updates, backups and so on.

I am willing to pay a small amount, like 5 dollar or so per month to have this taken out of my hands. Hell I even would pay another 75 for a custom domain.

But Medium stopped with custom domains. Still my itheo.nl domain works, but I guess no new features will be coming to my little part of Medium.

So now what? I like Ghost, but paying 19 dollar each month for my private blog is somewhat overkill. I really don’t like Blogger (blogspot) and setting up a server on digital ocean is to much of a fuss with, updates, backups etc.

So now… I’m lost…. want to stop with Wordpress but there is no easy to go somewhere else.