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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Comparing the Two Versions of WordPress

The two versions of WordPress are

Certain features are available to you in every WordPress blog setup, whether you're using the self-hosted software from WordPress.org or the hosted version at WordPress.com. These features include (but aren't limited to)

  • Quick-and-easy installation and setup
  • Full-featured blogging capability, letting you publish content to the Web through an easy-to-use Web-based interface
  • Topical archiving of your posts, using categories
  • Monthly archiving of your posts, with the ability to provide a listing of those archives for easy navigation through your site
  • Comment and trackback tools
  • Automatic spam protection through Akismet
  • Built-in gallery integration for photos and images
  • Media Manager for video and audio files
  • Great community support
  • Unlimited number of static pages, letting you step out of the blog box and into the sphere of running a fully functional Web site
  • RSS capability with RSS 2.0, RSS 1.0, and Atom support
  • Tools for importing content from different blogging systems (such as Blogger, Movable Type, and LiveJournal)

Table 5-1 compares the two WordPress versions.

Table 5-1 Exploring the Differences between the Two Versions of WordPress

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Choosing the hosted version from WordPress.com

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