Using the FREE WordPress.com platform presents several limitations.
- Limited theme (website design) support
- You cannot customize or upload themes
- No Plugins Allowed (plugins can provide additional features functionality to your website)
- No custom domain. Your domain will be branded by WordPress.com
- You can pay to have it removed
- Ads will be placed on your website.
- Automattic states ads pay the bills
- You can pay to have ads it removed
- WordPress.com obtains royalty-free access to your data to promote your blog:
Starting a hosted website using the WordPress software provides:
- More themes and theme support
- Monetization options
- SEO and analytics
- Technical support from your hosting provider