WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes

Now official-A huge and exciting step for WordPress.com and its users. Congratulations WordPress.com!

The WordPress.com Blog

For many years, WordPress.com has been a simple way for people to create their own beautiful WordPress website in minutes.

But that simplicity came with a tradeoff — WordPress.com did not offer built-in support for the thousands of third-party plugins and themes that helped make WordPress the world’s largest and most open web publishing platform.

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WPcom Business Plan gets an upgrade (unofficial)

With very little information to go on, it looks like WordPressdotcom has taken the final leap to enter the full, managed WP hosting arena by offering its Business plan users access to a wider range of plugins and custom themes through the Calypso dashboard. This includes access to WooCommerce and forums like bbPress and BuddyPress. [...]

Your Year in Blogging from WordPress.com

https://twitter.com/wpcommaven/status/814533526469099520 For the first time since 2010, WordPress.com will not send out its annual "Your Year in Blogging" report to users. As far as this site goes, until today there were 4, now 5, posts published in 2016, with 1,730 page views by 1,150 visitors from around 80 countries with the USA, Canada, the UK, [...]

Only 15% of you write in the WP Admin Editor

WordCampUS happened the first weekend in December and with it Matt Mullenweg's annual State of the Word with updates and future trends for WordPress and by projection also for WordPressdotcom. There were plenty of jaw-dropping announcements for everyone in Matt's presentation, but the statistic that blew me away was this: https://twitter.com/WordCampUS/status/805164525511118849 Those are statistics for one month [...]