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Installing and using plugins

In addition to built-in plugin functionality, WordPress.com Business allows you to install other plugins. With many thousands of plugins available, you can enable your site to do almost anything.

Note: For your site to be compatible with plugins, you must have a domain added to your site. For mapped domains the name servers are required to be pointed to WordPress.com. Sites that are mapped to a subdomain (such as blog.mysite.com) won’t be able to use plugins. Support for subdomains is coming soon.

To install a plugin from the Plugin Directory, head to My Site → Plugins, and click the Add Plugin button.

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You’ll see a showcase of some of the most popular plugins, as well as featured plugins and new additions. You can also search for plugins by functionality or look for a specific plugin that you’ve heard about.

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After you click on a plugin name, you’ll see a button to install it on your site. You can also read all about the plugin – what new functionality it provides, how it works, and how to adjust its settings.

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Most plugins can be managed from the classic WP Admin dashboard. You can access this on the WordPress.com sidebar or at https://yoursitetitle.wordpress.com/wp-admin/, updating yoursitetitle.wordpress.com with your site address.

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Incompatible plugins

The vast majority of plugins will work with WordPress.com Business.

However, for best performance, we recommend avoiding plugins that duplicate built-in functionality.

Additionally, plugins in these categories are incompatible with WordPress.com:

  • Caching and optimization plugins
  • Site security plugins
  • Backup plugins
  • Membership plugins (Support coming soon)

We handle world-class caching, security, and backups for you already. 🙂

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Need help with a plugin?

General plugin troubleshooting and support is provided by your friendly WordPress.com Happiness Engineers. More advanced support may be available from the plugin’s author. See the plugin’s documentation for details.

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