The Short Bit:
So, what I really need to know is, with Easy Mode and Advanced Mode, will:
 DH update the Wordpress installation in the background while
 The user can add custom theme templates
 The user can add custom plug-ins (nothing fancy here, but will default installed plug-ins get updated? Ones I add? Is the list of available plug-ins in either the Easy/Advanced Mode enough so I do not need to worry?)
 Have Google Analytics running (see the plug-in question above)?
The Long Bit:
I am trying to set up a website for some associates. If it were my own personal site, I would like to take matters into my own hands. However, the user of this site will need a hands off approach, where the hosting provider does the updates and nitty-gritty day-to-day stuff. From what I have heard, Wordpress @ DH is the only one that really comes close to this.
So, I have heard that there are two modes of Wordpress installation at DH: Easy Mode and Advanced Mode. Unfortunately, the wiki and most other resources have been skimpy on details. I really need to know, since I have administered my own WP instances, that security updates are applied and that the user does not need to know. However, and I realize this is asking a lot, they need their own flexibility to customize (which is why I avoided Wordpress.com, or even their paid hosting options; they fall short). I checked out DreamHost Apps, and that fell very short (I will admit since I wanted a free demo, I must not have read the fine print too closely). So, can anyone speak from experience about the updating speed and consistency when making run of the mill customizations? The point being they want me to set up, not admin it for them for the rest of time. This is a small NGO, and they do not have the resources. I am reluctant for this reason, but it sounds like DH would leave them in better hands than GoDaddy, and I freaked out when I heard this was on the table.