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can't find plugins. and can't install google analytics.

  1. im trying to install one of the google analytics plug ins.
    all the directions are telling me to look at the side bar on 'edit my profile' for 'plugins'
    but i don't see it.

    whats wrong?

    The blog I need help with is anandagabo.com.

  2. i can't find the plugins directory...
    it doesn't say anything.
    and i've thoroughly looked through everything.

  3. ugh apparently wordpress.com people can't use it?
    but wordpress. org people can?

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/cant-find-the-plugins-option?replies=14

    is there anyway that i can use google analytics to my wordpress.com site????

  4. No there is not. The code is not allowed for security reasons. I think there are also some other issues as well to do with the GA terms of use.

  5. And, one other point: plugins are not allowed here at .COM. They are only for .ORG sites.

  6. Can I use Google Analytics?
    No, Google Analytics cannot be used on WordPress.com blogs at this time.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info

    If you require Google analytics then the alternative is to hire a web host and set up your own self hosted wordpress site with free software from http://wordpress.ORG/

    If you want FTP access to your blog and plugins then the alternative is to hire a web host and set up your own self hosted wordpress site with free software from http://wordpress.ORG/

    Please read this entry very carefully. > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  7. thank you.
    i was reading about it before i got the replies.
    its quite understandable why.
    i just wish there was a way of seeing where visitors are coming from to my site.

  8. There are third partyu visitor trackers we can use on wordpress.com blogs. Please see here for what is available. > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/tag/visitor-tracking/

  9. ah wait nevermind.
    its quite nice that wordpress has included a stats feature in the dashboard.

    <3

    although its so far doesn't seem to show as much as google analytics.
    it has what i need.

  10. You're welcome.

  11. Help! Did I set up my blog using WordPress.com and cannot have the plug ins menu? All that work.

  12. Karma.

  13. @rfontano, read this link that timethief gave: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ .

    To have plugins you will have to self-host a blog. Figure an average total monthly cost, all things considered of $10 to $25.

    You will be responsible for all installations, all upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting.

    If you go self-hosted, do backups regularly and fully including the database so if something happens you can restore from the backup. Seriously, do this. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. I get called in all the time on sites that have blown up where people have not backed up anything and there is virtually no way to recover from the issue, and they lost almost everything. Backup, backup, backup.

  14. And, as you can see from this very thread, there's usually a way to do what you want without plugins. Lots of people drink the plugin Koolaid. Why not tell us what result you want and we'll tell you how to do that here.

  15. Thanks for everyones input. @raincaster I was looking primarily for an SEO plugin.

  16. @rfontano
    The SEO here at wordpress.com is excellent. What you do as a blogger when it comes to site and content optimization both online and offline are the same no matter whether you are on a wordpress.ORG install or working on a free hosted wordpress.COM blog. The notion that having a self hosted wordpress.ORG install and uploading and using an SEO plugin will produce better SEO, than learning basic white hat SEO and applying it to a wordpress.COM blog is not born out by the evidence.

  17. plugins is not available in this site: .com .net...
    only .org have a plugins..

  18. @professorsx: What matters is whether it's hosted by WordPress.COM or using the WordPress.ORG software. For the sake of clarity, it does not matter what the URL of the blog ends into.

    For example, I have a blog that ends in .net and, in a heartbeat, I could move it to WordPress.ORG and still use plugins.

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