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Relationship Gives WordPress
Two Special Communities!
While we most often talk about the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org…
It is the beautiful dynamic between the two that can help you understand the role that each plays in the community.
The relationship between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Sometimes, names make things tricky – and learning WordPress is a great case of this!
When open source developers and community members using the old software known as B2 decided to fork the project and develop it in a new direction… they never dreamed of the success they would achieve! The fruit of their labor was the new software, known as WordPress!
WordPress is an open-source CMS (content management system) and blogging platform that now powers over 17% of the entire web!
The WordPress Foundation (Founded by Matt Mullenweg) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the creation, distribution, and community for the software known as WordPress. Because this software is available for free download at the website WordPress.org… most of the community refers to it as using WordPress.org.
Open Source software requires that anyone that builds upon it’s codebase distribute the resulting code with a GPL (open source) licensing. This does not mean that the item or service must be free. Matt Mullenweg separately founded a business known as Automattic which runs a website that lives at WordPress.com. This website is a multi-site, hosted, installation of the WordPress.org software!
Because WordPress.com is using WordPress.org software, it’s incredibly easy to use and enjoyable as a blogging platform. However, because Automattic is hosting it, there are many rules and limitations that are not present in the self-hosted full-version of WordPress.org software.
The WordPress Foundation directly benefits from the success of Automattic because the financial (and labor) donations made by Automattic team to the Foundation comprise the primary source of funding for ongoing WordPress development.
The WordPress.org and WordPress.com communities work together to serve the vast needs of a wide array of website owners!
As community members, by virtue of using WordPress, we play a role in spreading the word about WordPress, reporting bugs we find, supporting developers/themes that use the GPL license, helping with testing, scoring plugins in the repository, helping other users, teaching at WordCamps, and helping others.
WordPress is community driven and we truly do make a difference in its future!
~ Kim ~
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