Type of site
|Alexa rank||50 (January 2018 [update]) |
|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. 
Some notable clients include CNN, CBS, BBC, Reuters, Sony, Fortune.com, and Volkswagen.    It is estimated that more than 30% of internet bloggers use WordPress as their publishing platform. 
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. 
Both of these entities are quite different and here's a quick summary of the primary differences between the two:
|2||Cost: Free/Premium||Cost: Domain + Hosting|
|3||NO Setup, NO Maintenance||Setup + Maintenance: Own responsibility|
|4||Themes: Limited FREE & PAID||Themes: HUGE repository|
|5||Custom Themes Upload: NOT allowed||Custom Themes Upload: Allowed|
|6||Plugins (Free/Paid/Custom): NOT allowed||Plugins (Free/Paid/Custom): Allowed|
|7||Security/Updates/Optimization: AutoHandled||Own responsibility|
|8||Support: Free & Paid plans||Support: Forums/Blogs/Documentation|
|9||SEO: Pay & Use||SEO: No extra cost|
|10||Limited Monetization||Monetization freedom|
|11||Content Copyright & Ownership: N/A||Content Copyright & Ownership: FULL|
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