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WordPress.com is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automattic, and powered by the open source WordPress software. It 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. There were over 56 million individual blogs with the service as of October 13, 2012[update].
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 (including CSS editor, domain mapping, Domain Registration, Removal of Ads, Website Redirection, Video Upload, and storage upgrades) are available as paid options.
There are nearly 60 million WordPress.com sites, which receive more than 100 million pageviews per day. Every day over one million new articles and over one million comments are published. Some notable clients include CNN, CBS, BBC, Reuters, Sony and Volkswagen.
In September 2010, it was announced that Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft's blogging service, would be closing, and that Microsoft would instead be partnering with WordPress.com for blogging services.
Readers see ads on WordPress.com pages, though WordPress.com claims that it is rare. From The "Features You’ll Love" page: "Advertising. To support the service we may occasionally show Google text ads on your blog, however we do this very rarely."[not in citation given]
However, banner ads run by Google have shown up frequently when the comments page is loaded.
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.
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- On Ads from the company's blog, Sept. 6, 2006. Matt Mullenweg explains their ad use that started in August 2006.
- Go (Even More) Ad-Free from the company's blog, Sept. 18, 2008. Matt Mullenweg further explains their ad use.
- The Features You’ll Love from the company's website
- Why We’re Blocked in Turkey: Adnan Oktar from the company's blog, August 19, 2007
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- 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."
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