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Type of site
Blog hosting
Area served Worldwide
Owner Automattic
Created by Automattic
Website wordpress.com
Alexa rank Decrease 39 (March 2017)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched November 21, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-11-21)
Content license
GPLv2 or later[2]
Written in PHP[3]

WordPress.com is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automattic,[4] and powered by the open source WordPress software.[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][9] As of March 2016 there were over 58 million posts published monthly on the service.[10]

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.[11]

On WordPress.com sites, every day, over one million new articles and over two million comments are published.[12] Some notable clients include CNN, CBS, BBC, Reuters, Sony, Fortune.com, and Volkswagen.[13][14][15] It is estimated that more than 40% of internet bloggers use WordPress as their publishing platform.[16]

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.[17]


Readers see ads on WordPress.com pages, though WordPress.com claims that it is rare.[18][19] The "Features You’ll Love" page says "To support the service we may occasionally show Google text ads on your blog, however we do this very rarely."[20][not in citation given][citation needed]


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.[21]

WordPress.com was blocked in China, but like other sites, it is intermittently unblocked and blocked.[22]

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."[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wordpress.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  2. ^ "About » License — WordPress". 
  3. ^ "Writing a Plugin". Wordpress.org. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "WordPress.com Open". Matt Mullenweg. 2005-11-21. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  5. ^ WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org from the company's website
  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 from BloggingPro.com (retrieved Monday May 29, 2006)
  9. ^ Ian, Boldy. "How To Make Your Own WordPress Blog With Bluehost Hosting". www.makewebsitetoday.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "WordPress.com Stats". WordPress.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  11. ^ Available Upgrades from the company's support website
  12. ^ "WordPress.com Stats". Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  13. ^ "WordPress.com Clients". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  14. ^ "WordPress.com Notable Users". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  15. ^ "BuiltWith.com fortune.com". Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "10 Interesting Key Facts and Figures about Blogging, Bloggers should know". Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers — Blog — WordPress.com". Just Another WordPress Weblog — The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community, en.blog.wordpress.com. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  18. ^ On Ads from the company's blog, Sept. 6, 2006. Matt Mullenweg explains their ad use that started in August 2006.
  19. ^ Go (Even More) Ad-Free from the company's blog, Sept. 18, 2008. Matt Mullenweg further explains their ad use.
  20. ^ The Features You’ll Love from the company's website
  21. ^ Why We’re Blocked in Turkey: Adnan Oktar from the company's blog, August 19, 2007
  22. ^ "Great Firewall of China". Great Firewall of China. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  23. ^ 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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