The commercial arm of WordPress (WordPress.com) announced they were entering the website building business. The announcement was generally not well received by the WordPress web development community. But many softened their response and saw opportunity as more information became available.
People think of WordPress as the company that develops the open source content management system (CMS) called WordPress. But WordPress is more than the open source development community hosted on WordPress.org.
There is also a for profit site that’s hosted on the WordPress.com domain that offers website hosting and domain name registration, among other related services.
The WordPress.com business is a part of a larger collection of WordPress related businesses that are under the Automattic umbrella.
Sister sites run by Automattic include WooCommerce, Gravatar, Jetpack and Akismet, among other businesses.
Automattic’s slogan is:
“We don’t make software for free, we make it for freedom.”
Built By WordPress.com
The WordPress ecosystem has thrived because web developers and programmers contributed to building and testing the open source WordPress CMS and in return they have a great software for offering web design services, plugins and themes.
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But now the WordPress brand is being used to sell web development, which is a step beyond offering plugins or hosting.
The service is called Built By WordPress.com.
According to the official web page:
“Whether you need a fast and performant eCommerce store for your products and/or services, a polished website for your professional services firm, or an educational website for your online courses, our experts can build