Integrated stats system – yes, you may claim this as a “benefit” wordpress.com but to an innocent, under experienced blogger looking for how to add Google analytics, you have lead to much googling, head scratching and general feeling of puzzlement.
What was a girl to do? Turning to Twitter, a very helpful fellow twitter tried to assist. Then the light bulb moment – it’s called a plug-in. Upon searching for Google analytics plug-in, I discovered:
“WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
The distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org can cause some confusion for people. Let’s clear it up. WordPress.com is brought to you by some of the same folks who work on WordPress, the Open Source blogging software. WordPress.com utilizes the same WordPress software which you can download at WordPress.org. With WordPress.com the hosting and managing of the software is taken care of by the team here at Automattic. With WordPress.org you need to install the software on your own server or with a 3rd party provider.
*We provide 90+ themes (and adding more every day) which you can modify and edit the CSS, but you cannot run a custom theme*
*You can’t hack the PHP code behind your blog*
*You can’t upload plugins”
So Integrated stats system it is….