Missing features when using free WordPress.com blog

Most of my websites have been running on WordPress. Most of the most of them have been hosted on a third party server and the WordPress was installed on it. Including this one. Some say WordPress is slow, but it has always given me the room to operate I’ve needed and it comes with hefty dose of themese and plugins.

Now I’m in the middle of separating the martial arts section out of this site (currently the site’s domain is WTcoach.me and it contains both marketing and wing tsun related posts). I was planning to start a free WordPress.com blog and temporarely go with the site.wordpress.com domain. I knew I wasn’t going to get all the features available in the ”full” WordPress experience, but despite already having run two such a sites, the limitations hit against my face.

Here are the features I was missing on free WordPress.com blog Klikkaa ja Twiittaa
  1. Plugins

    As said WordPress is massively customizable with enormous amount of plugins written by WordPress themselves, featured software brands and countless individual contributors. The free WordPress.com blog platform doesn’t allow you to install any of them. It has, however, some features built in.

    Decision is understandable but it also severs some other features on my list.

  2. Google Analytics and Tag Manager

    Although WordPress.com offers pretty decent statistics, it doesn’t come near to the variety of Google Analytics. I don’t need to mention anything else, but bot traffic and goals.

    Google Analytics can be surgeoned with Google Tag Manager, which also allows you to implement all kinds of program snippets. For instance this very site features Hotjar.

  3. Site Builder

    Utilising free templates is always a hack-a-thon, especially if there is premium version of the theme available. In most cases they need Site Builder or similar plugin installed. Without one the theme doesn’t come even close to the portal like front page they so proudly advertise.

  4. Permalinks

    One setting built in the regular WordPress installation is permalinks. With that you can select the folder structure used with blog posts. WordPress.com only supports site.wordpress.com/yyyy/mm/dd/title-of-the-post. When you’re writing an expertise site, you don’t want to have diary datestamp on the URL.

Conclusion

Free WordPress.com is awesome if you are looking for just a regular blog platform with latest posts listed on the frontpage. If you are looking for a standalone website experience, you need to put out some money.

You can't write WordPress with lowercase P

P.S. Did you know WordPress writes its name over with a capital P in the middle. Try it, you can’t do it with the lower-case lettering 🙂