Last updated on February 21st, 2013 by Editorial Staff

If you want to start a blog, then offers a hassle free solution to get started. We are often asked by our users how they can get started with blogging. We usually respond with the question, “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. In this article, we will help you understand what are the limitations of, so you can determine if is the solution for you.

Earning Limitations

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