Type of site
|Alexa rank||50 (December 2019)|
|Launched||November 21, 2005|
|GPLv2 or later|
WordPress.com (WordPress) is a blogging platform that is owned and hosted online by Automattic. It is run on a modified version of WordPress (WordPress.org), an open source piece of software used by bloggers. This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades, "VIP" services and advertising.
The site opened to beta testers on August 8, 2005 and opened to the public on November 21, 2005. It was initially launched as an invitation-only service, although at one stage, accounts were also available to users of the Flock web browser. As of February 2017, over 77 million new posts and 42.7 million new comments are published monthly on the service.
In December 2019, WordPress.com gave SFTP and PHPMyAdmin access on Business and eCommerce plans.
Readers see ads on WordPress.com pages, though WordPress.com claims that it is rare. On its support pages, WordPress.com says it "sometimes display advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills".
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.
In advance of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of 2017, a rainbow banner was placed at the top of the WordPress Reader. This was also done in June 2015, in celebration of the US Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
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.