Early this week WordPress announced the implementation of much desired option to upload and use themes and plugins to WordPress.com. If you download or purchase a WordPress theme or plugin from a premium WordPress developer, a marketplace or create your own – you can now upload and use it to your WordPress.com website.
We all love WordPress because it works! It started as a purely blogging platform, then evolved so that additional “static pages” could be added, then custom home pages and menus, and …. the list went on from there. Content Management Systems have become increasingly powerful over the past several years, and increasingly flexible. With literally thousands of developers, and millions of website users, WordPress is definitely a tried and tested system, plus that it offers tons of customizability.
Now, with support for plugins and third-party themes, WordPress.com business customers will be able to connect their websites to wonderful email and social media tools, e-commerce, publishing and subscription services and much more. This means that you will be able to use the platform that is much loved by lots of people with custom, premium addons. That is simply huge!
How to Add Themes and Plugins to WordPress.com
For uploading the desired themes and plugins you need to follow a few steps. Note that this option is not free and you can use it only if you have WordPress.com business account.
- Register and start a business account at WordPress.com. The cost is $24.92 per month.
- Choose the best WordPress theme and plugins for your website.
- Upload them to your WordPress.com account.
- Start to customize the theme and setup plugins.
It is easy to upload themes and plugins to WordPress.com, the same as WordPress.org, but in this case, you don’t need a hosting account or to setup the WordPress script to your own hosting or server.
1. Start a Business Account at WordPress.com
If you don’t want to install and setup WordPress on your own hosting you can register for a business account at WordPress.com. Click “Start with Business,” which includes installing themes and plugin functionality.
2. How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme or Plugin
The WordPress market is overloaded with free and premium themes and plugins. I recommend you to choose only from trusted providers with experience in the industry and with a good support.
3. Upload a Theme and Plugins to Your WordPress.com Account
After you download or buy plugins or themes you have to upload them to WordPress.com. Go to your WordPress.com dashboard and add the plugin or theme. Click the “Add” button to upload resources.
4. Setup Plugins and Customize the Theme
After you install the theme or plugin you have to setup and customize them, because there is not a plugin in the market which can improve website functionality without some small setup steps. Put your website in maintenance mode and start the modifications. After you finish the setup you can disable the maintenance mode plugin and publish your website.
Now you can enjoy new functionality on your website without limitations.
WordPress is the industry’s most popular web and blogging platform, and I hope this community keeps developing and growing.