Why Can’t I Use Ad Swapper With My WordPress.Com Site ?

You can use Ad Swapper with any site on which the site owner can:-

  • Install WordPress plugins, or;
  • Add Javascript code or IFRAMES to their pages.

But with WordPress.Com sites — for security reasons — site owners can’t do any of these things (see below for the details).

To Use Ad Swapper With A WordPress.Com site, You Must First Export That Site To A “Self-Hosted” WordPress Site

Exporting your WordPress.Com site to a “self-hosted” WordPress.Com site is generally a simple, straightforward procedure (taking perhaps a few hours), for most sites.  But it can be a complete nightmare (taking days and weeks), for others.

See How To Transfer Your WordPress.Com Site To A Self-Hosted WordPress Site for more details.

Please VOTE! — If You’d Like Ad Swapper To Be Made Available on WordPress.Com

If you’d like to use Ad Swapper with your WordPress.Com site — without having to export the site to a “self-hosted” WordPress site first — then please vote for this here.

The more people that express an interest in this feature, the higher the priority we can give it.

Security! Security! Security!

Here’s a quick summary of the things you can’t do on WordPress.Com sites (and which prevent you from using Ad Swapper with WordPress.Com sites) — in WordPress.Com’s own words…

No Installing WordPress Plugins

Plugins are tools used to extend the functionality of the WordPress platform. However, they are only applicable to self-hosted blogs and web sites using the WordPress.org software. Plugins are not permitted here at WordPress.com for various security reasons.

…taken from https://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/ — on 5 June 2015

No Javascript Code

Users are not allowed to post JavaScript on WordPress.com blogs. JavaScript can be used for malicious purposes. As an example, JavaScript has taken sites such as MySpace.com and LiveJournal offline in the past. The security of all WordPress.com blogs is a top priority for us, and until we can guarantee scripting languages will not be harmful, they will not be permitted.

…taken from https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/ — on 5 June 2015


If you are familiar with HTML, you’ll notice that codes such as embed, frame, iframe, form, input, object, textarea and others are missing from the above list. Those codes are not allowed on WordPress.com for security reasons.

…taken from https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/ — on 5 June 2015

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