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I got my own domain name, does this make me self-hosted? still no plugin

  1. lindsayleighbentley
    Member

    I upgraded my wordpress.com account to my own domain, thinking this would allow me to install plug-ins. But there is still no plug-in button in my dashboard. IS this impossible to do through wordpress.com even with my own domain name? What are my options? I want to use google+ for my subscribers but i can't figure out a way to do this at this point. Any help appreciated!

    The blog I need help with is lindsayleighbentley.com.

  2. When you purchase a custom domain from WordPress.com, that's exactly what you get - a custom domain. Everything else remains the same, your blog stays on the WordPress.com platform, and you don't gain the functionality of a self-hosted (WordPress.org) site.

    At the moment, it is possible to publicize your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linkedin, and Yahoo!. At this time, Google has not provided an API to automatically post to Google+ and the explanation they've given is that they don't want to see any automated content on Google+. Because of this, we are unable to offer an option to publicize to Google+.

    This support article explains the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org: https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If you wish to move, this guide will step you through the process of moving your blog to a WordPress.org instance: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

  3. lindsayleighbentley
    Member

    Ok, thank you, I appreciate your help! If I switch to the .org system, will I still be able to keep my new personal domain?

  4. Yes, you'll be able to change name servers to point your current domain name to a new host, and once 60 days after the registration have passed, you'll be able to transfer your domain to another registrar, if you choose to.

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