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On WordPress.com, we include the most popular plugin functionality within our sites automatically. Additionally, the Business or eCommerce plan allows you to choose from many thousands of plugins, and install them on your site.

If you are already on our Business or eCommerce plan and need information about managing your plugins, please see this support document.

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Built-in plugins

These features come as standard for all WordPress.com sites, without any need for you to install a plugin:

Included with Personal plan and higher:

Included with Premium, Business, and eCommerce:

Included with Business and eCommerce:

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Using other plugins

In addition to the built-in plugin functionality, WordPress.com Business and the eCommerce plan allow you to install other plugins. With many thousands of plugins available, you can enable your site to do almost anything.

A few popular plugins include:

Learn more about installing and using other plugins.

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Plugin Requests

Uploading custom plugins is only supported with a Business or eCommerce plan, not with our other plans, but if there is a plugin whose features that you feel would benefit users on WordPress.com, then please let us know in the ideas forum.

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Incompatible Plugins

While the vast majority of plugins are supported here at WordPress.com, there are some that are not. This page contains a running list of these unsupported plugins and accompanying reasons why they aren’t supported.

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Managed Plugins

If you’re on the Business Plan or eCommerce Plan and install a plugin, you may have noticed a number of plugins installed on your site for you. These plugins are responsible for key functionality of your site:

Jetpack and Akismet cannot be deactivated. However, you can deactivate specific Jetpack modules by going to My Site →  WP Admin → Jetpack → Dashboard. Then scroll all the way to the bottom where you can find in the footer the Modules option as in this screenshot:

Jetpack Modules
Jetpack Modules

If you see notifications or update prompts related to the managed plugins, you can disregard the notification. The plugin version we have on our server for the managed plugin might have a different version from the one on https://wordpress.org/plugins/. Your site and plugins will still work as expected.

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