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Plugin directory menu item not appearing in my WP platform "Ryu"

  1. Hello: I just created a blog using the style Ryu. I notice that the choice that should appear in Dashboard, plugins, does not occur. (I need to dowload updates, jetpack, etc.) Is this is a new business feature where I will need to pay for this service? I see no knowledge article/descriptor for that when I search your directory. Let me know if you need a screen snapshot. The order of my panel icons starting at store in sequence that follows are: Store, Posts, Media, Links, Pages, Comments, Feedback, Appearance, Users, Tools, Settings, Collapse Menu. So where's the plugins, or is RYU outdated and not supported? Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is whatbeautifullight.wordpress.com.

  2. If you want FTP access and to install plugins or third party themes into a site then you will have to hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and set up your own WordPress.org install.

    There is no FTP access and no blogger installed plugin capability on any free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    See here for a full comparison WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase here that provides FTP access and the ability to install plugins and or any third party themes.

    WordPress.com built-in plug-in functionality includes (but is not limited to) the following: http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/#plugins-on-wordpress-com

  3. Timethief: OK, thanks for the links to the articles. So, since I launched my first blog in 2012, there appears to have been changes. I was expecting that, and this explains why some features are no longer available for the "free" version of my newest blog on wordpress.com. My older blog, started on wordpress.com, however, still has the plugin functionality appear on the items list on the dashboard, but I have created a CNAME for it with an existing domain I own. So it appears I will now be paying for this. Thanks.

    Note, though, it wasn't entirely clear from some articles (and I didn't read all sub articles), such as this one which said: "On WordPress.com, we include the most popular plugin functionality within our sites automatically. As a result, WordPress.com users won’t find a Plugins tab in the Dashboard.Built-in plug-in functionality includes (but is not limited to) the following:
    Google integration
    Akismet anti-spam
    Site stats (our version of Google Analytics)"

  4. Whoops, I do retract some of what I just said. My other blog started on wordpress.com (iwonderandwander.rudyfoto.com) also doesn't have the plugin tab, but the site stats feature does work. As of 48 hours into my "free" new blog, the reported built in "plugin functionality" isn't operative. I'll give this a day before I decide about securing a domain and hosting on blue host, where I have two other domains now. Thanks.

  5. What actually isn't working? Are you sure your blog has had visitors?

  6. Well, the site stats feature that should be counting visitors, etc., on the free wordpress.com blogs may not be counting. Now it's possible I have had no visitors, but I have had one comment and two likes also show up. Those three did appear to be from existing users of wordpress with individual gravatar identities, not web crawlers. I can experiment using a smart phone now to test this. It's still less than 48 hours. Another day of chilling and checking can't hurt.

  7. Raincoaster, FYI, now I do have visitors when I used my smartphone. So I guess the built-in site stats feature works, and I guess that some users may be able to see and comment/like a post (perhaps after it's shared on WordPress) without actually visiting the site. I can't fully explain why--I had, I guess, wrongly presumed a visitor who liked/comments actually had to visit the actual site or pages/posts on it to be counted. It appears not. Thanks.

  8. People can view and Like your posts from the Reader.

  9. Our stats are not real time stats. For details see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/ and note the views and viewers take hours to update.

    Also note that those who follow your blog in the Reader or by email don't have to click into the blog unless they wish to. Likes and shares and reblogs and follows are not page views. They are completely misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can "follow" your blog, "like", "share" and "reblog" your posts in several locations such as the Reader, without ever clicking into your blog and creating a single page view stat.

    Visitors using a mobile can read the full post without creating a page view stat. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wordpresscom-reader-show-full-text?replies=31#post-1373606

    You can control the length of the entry sent out on your RSS feed here > Settings > Reading. Choose the "summary" setting for your RSS feed rather than to "full text". That will compel followers who are not using mobiles to click into the blog to read the full post which will create a page view stat.

  10. Thanks rain coaster and timethief. Answers to all my questions/gaps.

  11. @rsdowens
    You're welcome and best wishes with your blog.

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