Getting domain/plugin ?

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    I have a free hosted blog here- If I get a domain name elsewhere, I read I can’t use the plugins. Is the only way to use the WP plugins is if I register a domain name with WP?
    Thanks in advance

    The blog I need help with is


    No, as long as the blog is hosted here, (domain name or not) you still have the restrictions here.

    To use plugins you would have to get your domain name, hire a web host such as godaddy, bluehost, etc., install and configure the software from wordpress.ORG, and if need be, export your stuff from wordpress.COM and import it into the new blog.

    You should figure on an average monthly cost (all things considered) of about $10 to $25 depending on bandwidth and storage requirements.

    You will be responsible for all installations, all upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you have to figure out what that is and fix it.

    WordPress.COM now offers a guided transfer for $119 where they set everything up for you and transfer all your content over to the new self-hosted blog.


    I get a domain name from godaddy and I redirect the wp hosted name to the domain name..would that do? Can I get the plugins?

    If I get the domain name from godaddy, what steps do I have to take to be able to use the plugins? I know I will be responsible for everything.


    The blog would have to be installed and hosted at godaddy. As long as the blog is physically hosted here at wordpress.COM, you cannot use plugins. Pointing a domain name at your blog here, no matter where you buy the domain name, does not change the restrictions. Only moving the blog entirely away from wordpress.COM will allow you to have plugins.

    1. Buy the domain name and a hosting package at godaddy or another web host.
    2. Install and configure the wordpress.ORG self-hosted software at the web host. Many hosts have a thing called simple scripts or fantastico that make the installation easy as all you have to do is answer a few questions. Those scripts are available through the cPanel at most hosting companies.
    3. After the wordpress software is installed and working, export all your content from here and then import it into the new blog over at the web host.

    Get to know how to use the cPanel. Get really familiar with it. That is where you will be doing your backups of your site, and I cannot emphasis how important backups are. If you post daily, I would suggest backing up at least once a week so that if something happens, you won’t lose too much content. And always download the backup to your computer after it has finished so that you have a copy of it on your computer in case something happens.


    Thank you very much!


    You are welcome.




    Also to add further to this here are some instructions on how to get hosting and install WordPress to a hosting account with us. To set up your hosting see: To install WordPress see: Also here is out Welcome to WordPress guide: I hope that you find this additional information useful :) ^Colby Go Daddy Social Media Team


    @gdhosting, thanks for providing those links.

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