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  1. Titus

    Can Peepso Plugins, Wp Data Tables Plugins & The Events Calendar Plugin be used

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  2. Bowe

    I’m very curious how this will play out and the details… basically WordPress.com would become a “traditional” Managed Host akin to Pagely, WPEngine etc?

    @Titus if you’re interested in Peepso Hosting we’ve recently launched a partnership with them: https://wefoster.co/peepso-hosting/

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  3. Michael

    It was only a matter of time until this happens. The confusion between .com and .org has been one of the most annoying things while selling commercial WordPress themes as you’re often dealing with customers who purchase the wrong package / product.

    From that point of view this change is great. On the other hand it will be interesting to see how hosting companies will respond to this. It definitely will lead to more competition which eventually is good for end users, but probably not for all hosting companies out there.

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  4. Tomas

    This is a smart move for WordPress.com. With this feature, it will be much easier to get new users and to keep old ones. Also, from my perspective finally I can stop explaining to my clients why they can’t use my themes on WordPress.com :)

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  5. Anh Tran

    It would be great when a list of plugins is published. This opens a great opportunity to add more features to wordpress.com and empower the platform.

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  6. Dave Bell

    This sure blurs the already blurry line between WP.com and WP.org. According to my calculations, this makes it virtually impossible to explain the difference between the two.

    Dave

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  7. Zi Yang

    Whoa.. this is interesting. It’s like a cheap version of VIP with some limitations (no FTP or database access). I wonder if plugins like Adminer will be allowed.

    I believe this will also allow them to better compete with some website builders that allow custom themes and plugins like Shopify.

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  8. Mike Schinkel

    Funny how different people/companies will see this an opportunity or or as a threat depending on where they fit into the ecosystem…

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  9. Rob

    Jeff, does this mean we can now run our own advertising such as Google Adsense instead of the WordPress WordAds system? A lot of bloggers want to run ads but can’t. That would certainly hinder this new service. Anyone know?

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  10. Trent

    Fascinating.

    This presents a major paradigm shift for WordPress.com, and could present some challenges to the hosting industry, while also creating new opportunities for developers.

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  11. Bob Dunn

    Wow, what a game-changer. I’m liking this.

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  12. Mark

    https://woocommerce.com/2016/12/woo-year-review-2016/

    In their year end blog, WooCommerce explicitly said that they are creating managed version on WordPress.com and it is coming later this year.

    I hope this is not the solution they have come up with because I was expecting more of a Shopify competitor.

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  13. Ellie

    It’ll be interesting to see if Automattic allow customers to install split licensed products from Themeforest and CodeCanyon.

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  14. Ryan Hellyer

    I thought this was what WordPress.com VIP Go was going to be. I’m confused.

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  15. Florin Muresan

    For us, as plugin developers, this is a nice move as it opens up more market for us.

    But if I were a developer of strictly FREE plugins, with zero premiums or stuff to sell, I’d feel completely cheated at this point. WordPress.com starts making money off of a free plugin. The developer doesn’t make money from her or his plugin. Only Automattic makes money off of their work.

    Does this bother no one else?

    Developer X makes a free plugin, which brings great add-ons to wordpress. Developer X makes zero money off of this plugin, because Dev X doesn’t sell premiums, support packages, etc. Automattic, however, takes Dev X’s plugin and they make money from it.

    A lot of people will buy the Business Plan now because of the 3rd party plugins.

    Again, for me: this is perfect. I’ll have more people (paying people) who will install my freemiums, and they’ll end up also buying something from me. Which is cool.

    For the dedicated devs who just wanted to offer something cool for free, I’m not sure this will seem like a fair move on Automattic’s part.

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    • Ryan Hellyer

      How does this affect free plugin developers? This appears to be just a hosting service. Free plugin developers were aware that paid hosting services would be used by almost all users of their plugins before they built them.

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      • Florin Muresan

        Then they should allow for 3rd party plugin integrations on all their plans. Otherwise, it looks like a special feature created just for the Business Plan.

        However, I don’t agree with wp.com being a hosting service. It’s marketed as a website builder.

        WordPress.com is presented as a platform. It’s a website builder platform which you get to use in a freemium system: some features are free, some are paid.

        If 3rd party integrations is a paid feature, then it’s a paid feature of a platform, not of a hosting service.

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        • Ryan Hellyer

          WordPress.com is presented as a platform. It’s a website builder platform which you get to use in a freemium system: some features are free, some are paid.

          It was. That no longer seems to be the case.

          If 3rd party integrations is a paid feature, then it’s a paid feature of a platform, not of a hosting service.

          It appears to be a totally different platform altogether.

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        • Florin Muresan

          Nice. Well if they re-brand as a Managed Hosting solution for WordPress then everything will be good. And it would make a lot of sense for them.

          Smart people developing the core; Automattic just providing Managed Hosting and not having to deal with platform issues.

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  16. Jason Lemieux

    As a plugin developer I’m psyched for this. Keep us updated, Jeff!

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