WordPress has just announced that WordPress.com business accounts now support third-party plugins and themes. This is a huge announcement that will completely redefine the way we look at the hosted service of WordPress.
In the past, the general consensus was that the hosted service of WordPress was for beginners because the service was so limited. Everyone recommended using the self-hosted version of WordPress that is found at WordPress.org.
This latest development may change that way of thinking as it opens up the WordPress.org plugin directory to those that select the business hosting plan (the most expensive plan, but still relatively cheap at around $20 per month). It also presents many new opportunities for WordPress developers.
Check out my video below to hear my opinion on this development.
What Say You?
There will be a lot of people within the managed WordPress hosting world who are quietly concerned about this development as it makes WordPress.com a more viable alternative for many bloggers and businesses.
What's your thoughts on this?
Please leave a comment below and share your opinion on how you think this affects the WordPress community.