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Type of site
Blog hosting
Area servedWorldwide
Created byAutomattic
Alexa rankDecrease 50 (December 2019)[1]
LaunchedNovember 21, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-11-21)
Current statusActive
Content license
GPLv2 or later[2]
Written inJavaScript (since 2015); PHP[3] (2005-2012)

WordPress.com (WordPress) is a blogging platform that is owned and hosted online by Automattic.[4] It is run on a modified version of WordPress (WordPress.org), an open source piece of software used by bloggers.[5] This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades,[6] "VIP" services and advertising.


The site opened to beta testers on August 8, 2005[7] and opened to the public on November 21, 2005.[4] It was initially launched as an invitation-only service, although at one stage, accounts were also available to users of the Flock web browser.[8] As of February 2017, over 77 million new posts and 42.7 million new comments are published monthly on the service.[9]

Registration is not required to read or comment on blogs hosted on the site, except if chosen by the blog owner. Registration is required to own, or post in, a weblog. All the basic and original features of the site are free-to-use. However, some features are not available in the free plan: install PHP plugins, customize theme CSS, write JavaScript, domain mapping, domain registration, removal of ads, website redirection, video upload, storage upgrades...[10]

Some notable clients include CNN, CBS, Sony, Fortune.com, and Volkswagen.[11][12][13] It is estimated that more than 30% of internet bloggers use WordPress as their publishing platform.[14]

In September 2010, it was announced that Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft's blogging service, would be closing, and that Microsoft would partner with WordPress.com for blogging services.[15]

In December 2019, WordPress.com gave SFTP and PHPMyAdmin access on Business and eCommerce plans.[16]


Readers see ads on WordPress.com pages, though WordPress.com claims that it is rare.[17][18] On its support pages, WordPress.com says it "sometimes display advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills".[19]


In August 2007, Adnan Oktar, a Turkish creationist, was able to get a Turkish court to block Internet access to WordPress.com by all of Turkey. His lawyers argued that blogs on WordPress.com contained libelous material on Oktar and his colleagues which WordPress.com staff was unwilling to remove.[20]

WordPress.com was blocked in China, but like other sites, it is intermittently unblocked and blocked.[21]

Matt Mullenweg commented: "WordPress.com supports free speech and doesn't shut people down for 'uncomfortable thoughts and ideas', in fact we're blocked in several countries because of that."[22]

In August 2018, WordPress.com began removing several pages that suggested the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.[23]


In advance of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of 2017, a rainbow banner was placed at the top of the WordPress Reader.[24] This was also done in June 2015, in celebration of the US Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.[25]

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Due to their similar names, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are often confused for each other. The main difference between the two is that WordPress.org hosts and creates the WordPress software, while WordPress.com provides freemium hosting using the WordPress software. WordPress the software is able to be self hosted or hosted with assistance on any website or server, while WordPress.com is simply one such provider for WordPress software hosting.

WordPress.com has several content stipulations due to how the platform works. For example, content hosted on their service isn't able to be copyrighted with an All Rights Reserved license, otherwise content hosted on WordPress.com would not be able to be shown by the hoster. Advertising is also limited on WordPress.com, whereas self hosted websites using WordPress from WordPress.org don't have such limitations. Themes and plugins are similarly limited, with some requiring specific hosting plans to be used on WordPress.com.

WordPress.com provides many services which would otherwise require hand tuning, like hosting of WordPress, as well as security updates and server maintenance.

See also


  1. ^ "Wordpress.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "About » License -- WordPress".
  3. ^ "Writing a Plugin". Wordpress.org. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ a b "WordPress.com Open". Matt Mullenweg. 2005-11-21. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "WordPress.com and WordPress.org". Support. 2008-12-02. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Create A Free Website Or Blog With WordPress.com". Mark Monyhan.
  7. ^ "Argolon Solutions company web-site re-launched as a Wordpress blog" (Press release). Conor's Bandon Blog. 2005-08-08.
  8. ^ "Wordpress.com partners with Flock | BloggingPro". www.bloggingpro.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "WordPress.com Stats". WordPress.com. WordPress.com. Archived from the original on 2018-03-25. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Plans". WordPress.com. 2016-02-23. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Case Studies - WordPress.com VIP: Enterprise content management platform". vip.wordpress.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Notable WordPress Users". WordPress.com. 2006-07-11. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "FORTUNE.COM Technology Profile on BuiltWith". BuiltWith. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "10 Interesting Key Facts and Figures about Blogging, Bloggers should know - QUIKRPOST". Quikrpost. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers". The WordPress.com Blog. 2010-09-27. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "WordPress.com launches SFTP and PHPMyAdmin access on Business and eCommerce plans". PPC Land. 2019-12-13. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "On Ads". The WordPress.com Blog. 2006-09-06. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Go (Even More) Ad-Free". The WordPress.com Blog. 2008-09-18. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "No Ads". Support. 2009-01-09. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Why We're Blocked in Turkey: Adnan Oktar from the company's blog, August 19, 2007
  21. ^ "Great Firewall of China". Great Firewall of China. Retrieved .
  22. ^ The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service TorrentFreak, April 16, 2008 with a note saying "Matt Mullenweg's response was added to the article after publication."
  23. ^ Jones, Rhett. "Sandy Hook Hoaxer Blogs Start Disappearing From WordPress Sites". Gizmodo. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Christians join calls for WordPress to remove rainbow banner supporting same-sex marriage from hosted sites".
  25. ^ "#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard".

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