Why do I need a WordPress.com account?

Why do I need a WordPress.com account?

Very valid question if you are using WordPress on a web host other than WordPress.com.

One line answer is if you are using or want to use Gravatar, Akismet, JetPack, WooCommerce, VaultPress, Poll Daddy (all of these or any one of these) you would need a WordPress.com account.

A detailed answer would need an explanation of the features/ benefits of all the above. However, that would make this post too long, so we’ll stick to a brief intro of few (taken from their respective websites) of these.

Gravatar: Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

Are you sure that any of the above-mentioned tools are not useful for your WordPress site? If yes, then we would agree that you don’t need a WordPress.com account.

Akismet: Used by millions of websites, Akismet filters out hundreds of millions of spam comments from the Web every day.

JetPack (Affiliate Link): Jetpack augments WordPress core by providing the tools everyone needs to build, manage and secure their websites. JetPack users don’t have to find, evaluate, install, activate, learn, and configure dozens of plugins when Jetpack is included with their WordPress. They also don’t have to worry about security, updates, and other ongoing maintenance tasks.

WooCommerce (Affiliate Link): The most customizable eCommerce platform for building your online business. With hundreds of free and paid WooCommerce extensions, spanning all your logistical & technical requirements, you can rest assured there’s an extension for your specific needs.

Are you sure that any of the above-mentioned tools are not useful for your WordPress site? If yes, then we would agree that you don’t need a WordPress.com account.

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