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Time period[edit]

How long are free blogs kept online? What actions are needed, how often, to keep the blog name reserved and online? It seems that google policy is to keep blogspot blog names reserved "forever", and keep the content online "forever", without requiring any further action. There is controversy about this, and agitation to at least be able to recover blog names that are not being used, to let someone else use them.- 13:53, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

blogspot has the policy of not letting a blog URL be re-used, even if it is not being used, and has not been used for a long time -- it is not available until the previous owner chooses to release it, which they never have to do. WordPress has the even stranger policy that a blog URL may never ever be re-used, once it is deleted, by anyone, not even by the person who deleted it, even if they did it by mistake.[1] The only exception is that in a few cases internal staff may be allowed to re-use a name.[2][3] [4] (A blog URL can be transferred between owners, with care.) "The bit about Automattic staff being allowed to recycle names wasn’t in there 24 hours ago when I linked to it. It’s in there now though. No mention that it had been edited or changed."[5]

"Livejournal gets a lot of people demanding dormant usernames because, with 13 million accounts, their namespace is unbelievably crowded. They do recycle deleted names now for this very reason (and they make a bit of pocket money by charging people to rename their existing journals), but everyone knows that handing over somebody else’s account because they don’t post in it right now is something you don’t do."[6]

It would be good if WP had an article comparing such key attributes of hosted blogs.- 13:43, 7 September 2007 (UTC)


"My blog has been suspended

Blogs are suspended if they are found to be in breach of the TOS.

We do not contact you first to ask that content be modified or removed.

You cannot have that blog name back.

You cannot have the blog content back."[7]

In other words, you will not be warned. There will be no discussion before your blog is permanently deleted. There will be no explanation. There is no appeal.- 13:43, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

User:Photomatt, COI as owner of WordPress[edit]

Matt Mullenweg has edited this article before under his ID Photomatt, for example here

Are founders of companies allowed to edit their Wikipedia entries? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sicaruma (talkcontribs) 20:48, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

If you review the history logs, you'll also note an anonymous edit made from an IP address with the same location and date as their company bi-annual get together. --Drmike (talk) 14:53, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

I forgot to mention that other employees of Automattic have also edited this page. This includes Lloyd (I can never remember his last name) under the foolswisdom account. --Drmike (talk) 14:58, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

The original features are free issue[edit]

Since some folks take offense to what I write here, I'll politely point out that the statement that "All the basic and original features (current as of May 2006) of the site are free-to-use." is incorrect. When Private blogs were first introduced, they had no limit. This was changed to only permit 35 users to be able to access private blogs. A fee was changed if you wanted additional users to have access. --Drmike (talk) 14:57, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Citation for running on proprietary code[edit]

There is talk of running on proprietary code but without any citation. Can somebody put up a citation for the same? Shirishag75 (talk) 18:45, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

"Vulnerabilities" Section[edit]

How is being susceptible to a DDoS a vulnerability? Nearly any website on the Internet, including Wikipedia, is susceptible to a DDoS. Viper007Bond (talk) 23:08, 4 March 2011 (UTC)


As of 12 June 2011 is blocked in Kazakhstan. Please, spread this. -- (talk) 18:20, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Blocks by WordPress[edit]

For around a month, WordPress appeared to be blocking Nicaraguan IP addresses. Complaints were made publically on Google+ and LiveJournal and someone tried to blame the blocks on Claro or the Nicaraguan government. Nicaraguan IPs are fairly frequently blocked by small geek-run sites for being associated with spamming, and have been blocked by other services, most notably LiveJournal, when LJ was under DOS attack. The block was lifted on 2/20/2012 after early morning failures to reach a blog. One Nicaraguan user had a WordPress blog and had suspected Claro's 3G service but attempts to contact other WorldPress blogs or the site itself over a period of a month, at different times and with different signal strengths and types all failed. As of 2/20/2012, three different testers said that the main site and others were available again. This seemed to be uniquely a block by WordPress as Claro allowed connections to Pirate Bay during that time and the Nicaraguan government does not appear to block sites, including ones hostile to it. MizOre (talk) 00:03, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Deletion of adult blogs?[edit]

Apparently deleted a number of adult blogs around July 2013, according to this post. Unless we can find more sources, this doesn't belong in the article, but I thought it worth mentioning here. JesseW, the juggling janitor 06:35, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Request for support[edit]

I've been trying over and over again to set up a new blog, and it keeps failing. I go to /signup/?blog=1, press the "Create Blog" button at the bottom, and the page simply reloads, sometimes with those buttons grayed out, sometimes not. When I go to and press the "Resend Activation Email", I get an error message saying the activation record can't be found, and implying that I must have entered my email address wrong. Gee, it's frustrating. (talk) 14:55, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk pages are to discuss improvements to the article. This isn't the place to get support, please contact support or similar channel.Jonpatterns (talk) 16:01, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Advertising section is extremely inapprorpiate[edit]

The subject matter - the level of third part advertising in free WordPress sites - is legitimate, but in the version of 25 August 2015, the content is extremely inappropriate on several counts:

  • It is written in part as an argumentative dialogue (probably because it was).
  • It addresses the reader (of this Wikipedia article) in the second person ("you") when actually referring to the creator of a web site, and in a very un-encyclopaedic informal (and subjective) tone.
  • It offers advice and a preference on an advertising choice for customer administrators.
  • It is written in conjunction phrases rather than sentences. And so is this example.
  • It cites a reference that doesn't contain the target text.
  • ...

I did not modify the section, as I am not familiar with the subject matter. If it doesn't get completely re-written by someone familiar with the subject matter and the Wikipedia guidelines, then I would suggest complete removal of this section. Here is the permanent link to the version I am referring to.

With thanks from ChrisJBenson (talk) 19:48, 25 August 2015 (UTC)[edit]

This article should explain how it relates to the open source project. It's very confusing otherwise. Come on people! (talk) 23:23, 4 December 2015 (UTC)