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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 or a subdomain added to your site. For mapped domains the name servers are required to be pointed to WordPress.com. For sites that are mapped to a subdomain (such as blog.mygroovydomain.com), you’d need to add NS records for the subdomain (which will not affect your main domain).

Note: For a site with Business plan and multiple administrators on them, only the account that owns the site, purchases Business plan on it, and registers or maps a domain name to it, is able to install the first plugin or third-party theme. After the first plugin is installed, other administrators on the site will be able to install plugins on it as well.

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


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.


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.


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 there are some that are not compatible with our platform presently. For more information please visit this page.

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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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