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Goal is Eventually an E-commerce Site

  1. I'm new to using wordpress.com and am learning what's possible with the various versions (it's a bit confusing but know it'll all come together eventually, your help is appreciated).

    My goal: I would like to expand on it to eventually to create an e-commerce site with plugins, etc.

    1) In the meantime and before I make that jump, if I upgrade to make it custom, can I then install plugins and build on my Connection Theme site?

    2) For the e-commerce goal, what is recommended as far as WordPress.com, WordPress.org, what version, or go with something else all together...
    If used WordPress.com, would upgrading it to custom then allow me to install plugins and everything I'd need?

    3) Is it secure?

    Thank you!

  2. I'm afraid e-commerce isn't possible here at WordPress.com.

    If you require e-commerce/shopping cart functionality, you might be interested in a self-hosted (WordPress.org) installation. There are no restrictions on e-commerce if you setup a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a WordPress.com blog, but there are some added responsibilities.

    Please see this link to learn about the differences:
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    We have hosting recommendations at the following link if you are interested:
    http://get.wp.com/hosting/

  3. Thanks for your reply. I'll look at the links you provided.

    In the meantime then, if I upgrade what I have now to make it custom, can I then install plugins (non-e-commerce kinds) and build on my Connection Theme site? Specifically, I'm looking at adding constant contact newsletter plug-in.

  4. There is no upgrade that allows plugins and the only customization type upgrade we have is the CSS upgrade which allows you to stylize one of the existing themes here, but it does not allow you to add or change functionality. There is no upgrade that allows us to install themes from outside wordpress.

    No matter the upgrade, you are always bound by the TOS here and the restrictions.

    To use plugins you have to self-host. To use the Connection theme you have to self-host.

  5. Seriously, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get some paid web hosting and install software from WordPress.org and proceed from there. WordPress.COM is completely unsuited for what you're doing.

  6. Got it, thanks guys!

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