Chapter 10: What are the Limitations of

If you want to start a blog, then offers a hassle-free solution to get started.

But the actual question is, what do you want to do with your Blog?

A lot of people just want to share their personal thoughts, ramblings, photos and such.

For that purpose, offers a free, easy to use, secure and stable platform for you to blog on.

However, if you want to do more with your blog such as make money, build a membership community, among other things, then there are some inherent limitations.

Let’s take a look…

  • Earning Limitations

You cannot run Google Adsense or other advertising programs to serve ads on your blog.

You cannot write paid posts, sell links, review products, etc. terms of service restrict you from using your free blog for any commercial activity on your own.

However, you can apply for’s advertising program which is called WordAds.

This program is currently available to blogs that match certain traffic and quality requirements.

Once you are approved for WordAds program, you will be sharing your advertising revenue with

Note: If you have a book, then you can have an ad for that on your blog. They just don’t allow ads for products or services that you do not own.

  • You Cannot Upload Plugins

The real power of WordPress comes from the freedom to customize and extend the core functionality.

You cannot extend the functionality of by uploading plugins.

You are given a comprehensive but still a limited set of features.

A lot of people who migrate from to self-hosted do so just to take advantage of certain features that come with these amazing plugins.

  • You Cannot Upload Themes

You can only use themes currently available to users.

Some of these themes are free and others come with a one-time fee.

In any case, the theme choice is very limited.

Secondly, you cannot modify those themes.

For an additional $30, you can add custom CSS and fonts to your theme but that is it.

You cannot modify theme features or theme functionality.

If you want to use one of the powerful eCommerce themes, or one of the many commercial themes that are not available to users, then you are out of luck.

If you want to have a completely custom-built theme for you, then you are also out of luck.

  • Account Suspension is very strict in protecting their services from abuse.

They suspend blogs suspected of activities prohibited in their terms of service.

Visitors can also report a blog. allows suspended blogs to export their posts for a limited time.

Also, may not even notify or ask a blog owner to remove content.

This means that usually there is no warning for the blog owner.

Once a blog is suspended the subdomain will be held and will not be released for anyone else to use.

  • Not a Development Platform

WordPress has become a powerful content management system in itself.

It is no more just a blog publishing platform.

With, you are only getting a free blog service and not the actual powerful CMS features that are becoming the main reason for WordPress’ popularity.

To make it easier for you to understand is that let’s suppose that you start with a basic blog and then want to offer online courses, sell digital downloads, or add a forum, or even an online store.

It is not possible to do all this on your free blog.


First of all, you need to realize what you want to do with your blog, make a plan and then choose.

If you just need to express yourself then is an easy and wonderful option for you.

But if you want to build on to your website and do more with your blog then consider