Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Choose WordPress?

One of the principle advantages of WordPress is that you are in control. Unlike remote-hosted scripts such as聽Blogger聽andLiveJournal, you host WordPress on your own server. Installation is very simple, as is the configuration. Unlike other software programs, there are not a million files to聽chmod聽nor are there dozens of聽templates聽to edit just to get your site set up and looking the way you want. Also,聽Blog聽pages in WordPress are generated on the fly whenever a page is requested, so you do not have multiple archive pages clogging up your web space. Waiting for pages to rebuild is a thing of the past because template changes are made in scant seconds. WordPress is built following聽W3C聽standards for聽XHTML聽and聽CSS, ensuring that your site is more easily rendered across standards-compliant browsers. Other browsers are supported with a few hacks; it鈥檚 a reality of the web that hacks are necessary. Aggregator聽support is built-in with a number of standard聽RSS聽configurations already done for you, as well as聽Atom. Following standards makes your WordPress site easier to manage, increases its longevity for future Internet technology adoption, and helps give your site the widest audience possible.

What are WordPress鈥 features?

WordPress has an extensive list of features and, as it is constantly evolving, this list of features is constantly growing.聽Check out the up-to-date list of features.

When was WordPress first released?

WordPress started out life as a fork of b2/cafelog by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. The first version was聽released in 2003

How is WordPress licensed?

WordPress is licensed under the聽GNU General Public License聽(GPL).

What is the GPL?

The GPL is an open source license. This means you are free to modify and redistribute the source code under certain conditions. You can read more about why we chose the GPL on聽the License Page.

What鈥檚 the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

WordPress.com is a blog network run by Automattic. It uses WordPress software, but individual blogs are hosted and managed by WordPress.com. This is a free service with premium addons and upgrades. Here at WordPress.org, you can download WordPress, the web software that WordPress.com runs on. Once you鈥檝e downloaded it, you can upload it to a web server and run your own WordPress website. There is useful information about this distinction on the聽WordPress.com website.

Can I transfer my blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress installation?

Yes, it is possible to move from WordPress.com to a self-hosted installation.聽This guide from Problogger聽will help you through the steps.

How Is WordPress related to other blogging applications?

WordPress was primarily inspired by聽Noah Grey‘s聽Greymatter聽open-source web log and journal software. It is related to聽b2, sort of a second cousin twice removed. You can use WordPress to post your own stories, ideas, rants, reviews, links, and pictures of your toothless Uncle Ernie at the wedding reception, if you choose. In addition, you can customize the look and feel of your site. Numerous themes are available and may be modified in many different ways. Through the use of聽WordPress Themes, you can quickly change the look and style of your site. You can also extend WordPress’ functionality through the use of聽Plugins. Plugins let you create the website or blog that suits your needs. As you can see, its functionality exceeds or at least is similar to what is available in most blogging tools today. For more information:

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