WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

Repository vs. Hosting

WordPress.org is a repository site that contains the open-source software for WordPress and makes it available to download for installation on a user’s personal domain.  This provides better control and flexibility to the user when building their web site.  The user will need to install the software themselves and then rely on their hosting service to provide the appropriate security, spam protection and backups/updates.  Some of these functions are available at extra costs.  Users will also need to keep up-to-date with the latest software releases from WordPress as updates on their personal web sites will be the user’s responsibility.

In addition to providing the software to download, .org also provides a library of documentation, support forums and training materials.

WordPress.com provides hosting for WordPress and, therefore, does not require the user to purchase a personal domain.  Security, spam protection and backups/updates are automatically provided as part of the hosting package.  Additionally, updates to the WordPress software will automatically be rolled in without any user interaction.  WordPress.com is owned by Automattic and uses the open-source WordPress software.

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Hopping trains on the West Coast

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. — John MuirThe Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a region in western North America bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and, loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east. Though no agreed boundary exists, a common conception includes the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Broader conceptions reach north into Alaska and Yukon, south into far Northern California and east into Idaho and Western Montana, western Wyoming, and western Alberta, to the Continental Divide. Narrower conceptions may be limited to the Northwestern U.S. or to the coastal areas west of the Cascade and Coast mountains. The variety of definitions can be attributed to partially overlapping commonalities of the region’s history, geography, society, and other factors.

The Northwest Coast is the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest and the Northwest Plateau (also commonly known as “The Interior” in British Columbia and the Inland Empire in the United States) is the inland regions. The term “Pacific Northwest” should not be confused with the Northwest Territory (also known as the Great Northwest, a historical term in the United States) or the Northwest Territories of Canada.

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