It doesn’t matter if you’re new to web hosting, you won’t struggle with the setup process. And once you’ve created your account, it’s easy to manage your WordPress site.
What Kind of Control Panel Does WordPress.com Use?
A typical web host provides customers with a dashboard like cPanel (A popular brand of control panel). With, you manage everything from the wp-admin section of your site. So there’s no separate hosting control panel.
This is where you create pages posts, moderate comments, upload graphics, view statistics, and add new sites and users.
Remember, this is a hosted version of WordPress, and its interface is the same as that for the self-hosted version of WordPress.
The interface is easy to use, though you may need to spend some time familiarizing yourself with it.
You can collaborate with others on a site, as long as they have WordPress accounts.
It isn’t necessary to give them full admin control; you can assign them roles as editors, authors, contributors, and subscribers.
If you just want to let someone submit blog posts, you can give them that authority without worrying about what else they could mess up.
General WordPress.com Features
A few nifty features come with all the plans.
Akismet comment spam protection is included. Spam comments annoy your readers and can link to scam or malware sites.
Akismet catches the large majority of spam and lets you review it privately in case it makes a mistake.
If you’re a small business, you’ll find this handy — spend your time on messages from real customers, not filtering out junk comments.
The Jetpack plugin is another helpful standard feature. It provides site analytics and lets you share posts on social media sites.
A particularly nice aspect of Jetpack is that it lets you unify your logins. If you have a WordPress site on another host, you can link it to your WordPress.com account. Then you can log in without having to give a password, provided you’re already logged in to .
Finally, you’ll also get performance and security features (e.g., protection against brute-force attacks, downtime monitoring) that will help you protect your site (especially important if you decide to sell online).
Widgets to Extend Functionality
There are over 54,000 WordPress plugins. These are used to add functionality or visual elements to your website.
A widget is a type of plugin that can show a history of your posts, invite people to follow your site, show items from social media sites, provide an RSS feed, show custom HTML, and much more.
They commonly display in the sidebar of your blog/site.
If there’s something you want to provide your readers or customers, you’re likely to find a widget that will support your efforts.
While there are plenty of widgets available from, to access the large ecosystem of plugins, you’ll need to select the Business Plan.
Industry Blog Aggregator
You can follow otherblogs and display a widget listing the blogs you follow.
This helps you keep tabs on your industry in the WordPress ecosystem, but unfortunately, this feature doesn’t extend to sites built using other tools or hosted elsewhere.
Free users are limited to use of a WordPress subdomain, but those who get started with the entry-level Blogger plan get use of a free domain name with a .blog extension.
All plans above this come with a free domain name for the first year of service. Visit WordPress.com now.
You have two options when it comes to migrating your site to.
You can either use a plugin to do it yourself or you can pay a fee ands will do it for you.
You can select either option from the dashboard.
If you outgrow the restrictions of, you aren’t stuck there. It’s easy to export your site. However, you might have to purchase a theme or plugins that were included for free before migrating.
Limited Features and Functionality for Basic WordPress.com Plans
Unless you get the Business plan, you face some important restrictions on what’s allowed.
- You can’t install any themes or plugins that aren’t on the approved list. In practice, this means you can’t do any back-end PHP programming. It’s a security and performance restriction.
- You can’t modify your themes. With most hosted sites, you can create a “child theme” which inherits everything from its parent except what you change. On , you can’t.
- You can’t completely erase WordPress’s presence from your site. The “Blog at ” notification isn’t obtrusive, but it’s always there.
- You don’t get an email account, though you can set one up with the same domain on someone else’s service.
- You can’t run third-party ads. The only ads allowed are promotions of your own products and services and ones you get through WordPress.
- The Business plan eliminates most of these restrictions, but you still don’t get to use email, access files directly, or can’t run third-party ads.
Customer Service and Technical Support
WordPress support is text-based, so if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can write in and your question will be handled by a “Happiness Engineer.”
You can also post your question in a publicly-available forum and see if there’s anyone in the public who can help you.
WordPress.com does not come with an uptime guarantee.
You can, however, check on the performance of your Automattic Status website.site at any time using the
User Reviews and Ratings
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Money-Back Guarantee and Cancellation
The Free plan really is free, no tricks. The other plans quote monthly rates, but you pay in advance for a year’s service.
Some themes cost extra unless you have the Premium plan or higher. You can pay with a credit or debit card or by PayPal.
You have 30 days to cancel a plan and get a refund, and 48 hours to cancel a domain registration.
You can register your domain through WordPress or use a domain you’ve registered yourself. If you use WordPress, the domain name will auto-renew along with the site.
Site subscriptions auto-renew, and you get charged a month before the renewal date.
If you don’t want to renew, you have to drop your subscription before that. Your site will stay up until its expiration date.