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

en.blog.wordpress.com | Aug. 7, 2017 | 3 min read

This is a major shift. Great news for plugins/themes authors as the potential reach increases. At the same time WP.com vs WP.org lines are more and more blurred.

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Sven Lehnert

Huge opportunity for plugin and themes authors!

What about testing? Do I need a Buissenes Account to test my plugin agains .com?

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Luca Fracassi

#1 in theory yes...

#2 No idea if they have special plans for developers.

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Matt Cromwell

They rolled this out experimentally a few months back. We already saw an influx of inquiries from folks on .com then. So we tested the experience and it's pretty horrible. You basically have TWO Admin areas, the standard .com interface that .com users love, then an "Advanced" which is a basic self-hosted WP-Admin that we all know and love. The problem is that it's just very cludgey to toggle between the two and understand how to interact with your fancy new plugins. Let alone try to understand how to type shortcodes into the .com editor!!

The bigger complication for premium plugin authors like ourselves, is that .com users are used to just buying things directly in their .com admin and they magically show up. So when that doesn't happen when they purchase from us, they get really confused very quickly.

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Luca Fracassi

I did not try it, but from your description I can totally see what you mean...

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Girish Karthik

Yes that's true Matt, have been working with a premium WordPress theme company now. They also face this issue from their users. Users are very much confused in managing their theme.

All they have to do in WordPress.com is to drag and place the widgets which are already provided. Again theme customization is a such a cumbersome job to do. As you told when the single click magic didn't happen user gets confused very quickly and the job for WordPress theme and plugin authors has become tough.

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Ahmad Awais

Been trying it out for a few months now. Looks pretty good. But it is a lot more confusing now for WP products business owners.

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Wp WebHelp

Its good to see tat WordPress.com is also supporting plugins and it will be a whole new experience for the new ussers.

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Benjamin Bradley

One point about plugins. .com only supports plugins that are up in the repository. You can't UPLOAD plugins. So things like Gravity Forms and other premium plugins are shut out.

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Matt Cromwell

That's not true with the Business plan mentioned in the article. They are directed to a standard WP Admin just like a self-hosted site and can use "Add New" just like any other WP self-hosted site.

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Benjamin Bradley

Interesting because I get the Add New for Themes... but I don't get it for Plugins. I'm only able to choose plugins that are in the WP repo. Maybe its not fully rolled out.

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Matt Cromwell

Are you on the Business plan?

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