What are the Limitations of Free WordPress blog

When we talk about WordPress.com blogs, It is the best for personal Blogging, where you not planning to make any money out of your blog. Though even if you are using it for personal blogging, there are many limitation of WordPress.com blogs.

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Here are the details of limitation of free WordPress blog :

Limited WordPress theme

If you planning to use any premium WordPress theme or any custom theme design for your blog. You need to stay away from WordPress.com. Free WordPress blogs has limited number of choices and they can’t put any custom WordPress theme.

No Plugins upload

The best part of WordPress is It’s Plugin features. Unlike Blogger blogs, You cam do everything here with plugins. WordPress plugin Directory is full of Plugins but many useful plugins are still not in WordPress.com directory and you might not be lucky enough to use them as

No Advertising

WordPress.com blog doesn’t allow you advertising of your blog and you might need to keep blogging without making any money out of it. Though as I mentioned in earlier articles, it’s good for personal blogging but not the best. Since you can’t put custom theme for your blog.

Violate TOS and Blog Boom

This is the main drawback of Blogspot and WordPress blog and that is, if you violate any of the rules like copyright infringement, spamming, commercial use, automatic blogging. Your Blog will be removed then and there. This is also the main problem with Blogspot Blogs.  That’s the another reason to get Self hosted WordPress blog.

Costly Upgrades

Though as mentioned above limitation can be taken away by using a paid upgrade like custom domain name, more storage and hacking wordpress theme. Though if I think in a normal way, why do we need to go for these costly upgrade when we can go for a better self hosted blog at minimum cost for an year.

No sub domain

Unlike Self hosted WordPress blog where you can add as many sub domain you want. That depend on the Web hosting you are using. A sub domain means suppose if you have a blog name mypet.com and you want to add more blog under same domain like

  • blog.mypet.com
  • Pictures.mypet.com

This is possible in self hosted WordPress blog but WordPress.com lack this feature. At the beginning you might not need this feature but later on you will be needing this feature to expand your blog.

What do you suggest? A free WordPress blog or a self hosted WordPress  blog?

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  1. Gerald Weber:

    While I think most of the WordPress.com and Blogspot tos are reasonable, i.e. copyright infringing blogs and auto blogging software blogs that scrap content should be killed with fire and their owners should be verbally reprimanded in front of their peers. Other than that this is a great list. I don’t see any reason to use a WordPress.com or blogspot blog when it is so simple to create a self hosted one and there are clearly many advantages to self hosted vs FREE.

  2. David:

    Great post, but until wordpress enables a few more features such as setup 301s if you have an existing blog, you might as well leave it in place and hope they enable some features such as advertising in the future.

  3. Harsh Agrawal:

    Thanks for your comment Gerald.
    That’s true and also lots of time, innocent Blogspot and Wp.com blogs are deleted either by Owner ignorance or a wrong spam ticket. Though in the end it’s the Owner who has to pay the price ..

  4. Harsh Agrawal:

    David There is a way by which we can make a 301 perma redirection of WordPress.com Blog to Self hosted WordPress blog. :) I already done thrice for my wordpress clients. You can get in touch with me via contact form for more information.

  5. Nehh:

    All these limitations are the reason I switched to Self hosted WordPress blog.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

  6. steppinout:

    The fist time I’ve start blogging, I use blogger just for the learning purpose

  7. Michael Aulia:

    I was making one for the first time (on the free wordpress.com) last week only to find out that there was no plug-in upload / theme hacking

    and NOW, I just found out that we can’t put advertising in there! I guess Google Blogger is better because it allows you to put AdSense and other ads :[

  8. Himanshu:

    Great article! The only reasons people use free WordPress blog or Blogspot blog is its free cost only, any user at its starting phase of blogging doesn’t know about Self domain hosting and any newbiew don’t want to involve themselves in any complicacy offered by WordPress.org so they generally choose WordPress.com or blogspot.com for their initial blogging platform, later when they go through every step of blogging, they realize their mistake and move from blogspot to self hosted wordpress blog.

  9. John Samuel:

    Because of these limitations, I had switched to self hosting a long time back

  10. Themepremium:

    John I’m sure you must be feeling good about your decision now. :)