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I am creating a WordPress blog myself - downloading it and installing it myself - as well as buying a domain name and hosting it using something like

I read somewhere though that you can't have adverts on a WordPress blog? Something to do with .org or .com - is this irrelevant if I am hosting elsewhere?? Thanks

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This is irrelevant if you're self-hosting your site. is a free hosting site run by the company Automattic. Since it's run by a private company, they set the rules and restrict advertising. is the homepage of the open source project called WordPress. You can download WordPress from this site and install it on your own server. Since it's open source, you can do whatever you want with it, so long as you follow the rules of the GPL.

Automattic uses the WordPress platform (freely available at to run all of the sites hosted on The names can get a bit confusing, but just remember .com typically refers to a company and .org typically refers to a (non-profit) organization. That should help you navigate some of the ambiguity.

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