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Since Automattic's latest move to allow installation and plugins in the business service have been reduced some differences between WordPress (.org) and, but not all .

Comparing WordPress and

If you do nothing we compared WordPress with (business) we would have, roughly, this table:

But since the change in Business would look like this:

As you can see, the most noticeable difference is the incorporation of SEO tools, limited but there are, and especially the possibility of installing plugins and themes so the difference between WordPress and this Automattic service is greatly reduced.

This, of course, will make comparisons are increasingly difficult

Because it is true that there are more companies that offer hosting plans with WordPress included in various modalities and freedoms but what makes differences, grievances as you know, is that Automattic is the only company that has permission, self-assigned, to use WordPress in its domain which is what most confuses users and companies.

But if you look closely, there's still 4 main parameters that differentiate WordPress from the Automattic service :

  • Custom support : In favor of Automattic, as it has employees to give it, while in WordPress support is given by volunteers.
  • Personalization of code : In the Automattic services you can not modify the code, you do not have access.
  • FTP access and files : Related to the above. Because yes, in reality what Automattic sells is a hosting service, but lapsed, without physical access to your own files.
  • Freedom of content : The mother of the lamb.

Freedom is the difference [19659005]

Why do I say that the freedom of contents is the mother of the lamb ? Why is the difference fundamental?

So simple, because any day Automattic can expand its hosting plans and grant access, limited or not, to files, which would break these differences in access to your files and even modification of codes.

But what will never be able to change will be its conditions of service to a point where it allows you to have total freedom over your contents .

The terms of the service are the powerful reason

You just have to read the terms of the service to clearly see that it suffers from the main virtue of WordPress hosted by your account with total freedom, access and control over your code and contents, and I quote …

Automattic can change or delete your content

You should not describe or assign keywords to your blog in an illegal, misleading or devised way or to exploit the name or reputation of third parties; likewise, Automattic may change or delete any description or keyword that it deems inappropriate, illegal or otherwise be liable to Automattic

As you see, you do not own your content , because Automattic can change or delete any text that considers inappropriate, illegal, etc.

Which? They will know, but they are a US company, and their laws are not the same as those of other countries, which contents that are legal in your country, can eliminate them by legal peculiarities of the USA

You are governed by the laws of the State of California (USA)

(…) access or use of the website will be governed by the laws of the State of California (United States) with the exception of conflicts with legislative provisions; likewise, the proper place to resolve disputes arising from this contract or related to it will be the state or federal courts of San Francisco County, California

Related to the previous point, in case it remains any questions. And further …

(…) any litigation arising out of this agreement must be resolved according to the guidelines of the General Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. ("JAMS") by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with said rules. The arbitration will take place in English in San Francisco (California) ; likewise, the arbitration decision may be enforced in any court

Automattic may share your content with third parties

By submitting content to Automattic for inclusion in your website, you grant Automattic a non-exclusive, royalty-free license. International to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the content for the sole purpose of showing, distributing and promoting your blog. This license allows Automattic to make the published content available to third parties selected by Automattic (using the Automattic Firehose, for example) so that these third parties can analyze and distribute (but not show publicly) this content through its services .

I think it is not necessary to add a comma. Who are these "third parties"? Can we choose who will share them? No right?

Anyone can republish part of your content

You also grant permission to other users to share your content on other sites and to add their own content on he (that is, so they can reblogue your content), as long as the aforementioned users use only part of your entry and they cite you as the original author through a link to your site (the function to rebloguear from it does it automatically.)

The system of reblog integrated into the services of Automattic, allows, and in its conditions you expressly accept it.

It is not really bad practice at all, it is quote part of your content and attributing to the original source, but not all content licenses allow it, and you can choose for your content any license in a free world, but not if you have your website or blog in the services Automattic you agree that it is not so.

Automattic can delete your content at your discretion

Automattic is entitled (but not obligation), to the entire the discretion of Automattic to (i) reject or delete any content that, in its reasoned opinion infringes the policies of Automattic or that, in any way, be disruptive or objectionable or (ii) cancel or deny access and use of the website to any person or entity for any reason according to the exclusive criteria of Automattic . Automattic will not have the obligation to reimburse any amount previously paid.

As you can read, you can reject or delete your content, or even deny access to your website, according to your own criteria, opinion reasoned in its sole discretion .

And yes, it alludes to if you violate its policies, but not only to it, but to any other criterion (which?) That you consider. Are you going to leave your website to these in some way criteria reasoned discretional objectionable .

Automattic decides on copyright rights

Automattic will cancel a visitor's access to the website (and use of the website on their part) if, in appropriate circumstances, such visitor is determined to become a continuing infringer of the rights of copyright or other intellectual property rights of Automattic or third parties .

Yes, it does not matter if the justice or the security forces of your country have not determined if you infringe a right of copyright from others, Automattic can prevent you from accessing the web even if you are determined to become an infringer .

Come on, they already have the Minority Report to determine a pre-crime .

In any case no company should appropriate or prevent you from accessing your content if there is no prior judicial resolution . It is called legal guarantee .

You can not remove links to

Automattic reserves the right to display attribution links as is the case with "Blog in ", the author of the theme and attribution of the source, in the footer or in the toolbar of your blog. Regardless of the improvements acquired, the credits of the footer and the toolbar of can not be modified or deleted .

Come on, that you do not own your SEO at least not in the footer of your website.

If conditions change or you run out of website

We are always updating our services, which means that, sometimes, we have to change the conditions legal services that govern the services we offer. If we make material changes, we will communicate them through a publication in one of our blogs, or through the sending of an email message or through another form of communication before these changes take effect. This notice will indicate a reasonable period for the new conditions to take effect. If you do not agree with the changes, you must stop using before the end of the period indicated in the notice

Nothing to add.

Automattic may close your website without motive or notice

Automattic may cancel your access to the entire website or part of it at any time, with or without cause and with or without prior notice; such cancellation shall be effective immediately . If you wish to cancel this agreement or your account (if you have one), you just have to stop using the website. All the provisions of this agreement that, due to their nature, must remain effective after the cancellation, will continue to be so, including, among others, the property provisions, the exemptions of guarantees, the indemnifications and the limitations of liability.

Had you been worried about any of the above? do not? yes? It does not matter, it is the same thin or thick that is the stroke of all the previous points, in the end they make it clear in their point 16 and I return to quote the paragraph:

Automattic may cancel your access to the entire website or part of it at any time, with or without reason and with or without prior notice; said cancellation will be effective immediately.

Does not the same thing happen if I have WordPress in other hosting company?

Well, not hosting companies only host your website , your content, and of course are not responsible for it, but in addition, can only close the website or cancel the service under your country's judicial resolution .

Automattic has entered fully into the world of hosting with the change of benefits of its Business plan, but still not because:

  • It claims rights to your content.
  • It is not subject to the laws of you and your country accept it in its terms of service.
  • It does not offer you full access to your files.
  • You can not host your emails.
  • You do not have access to your databases.
  • No is a hosting company, resells third-party hosting services.

What h Aug if I already have my website on and I want to be free?

You can / should migrate to your own accommodation, with the legislation of your country, installing a full WordPress, free and free available in WordPress. org .

Is it bad Automattic?

No, that goes if you look carefully any company that hosts services will have similar conditions.

What we are talking about here is the difference between WordPress (free) and a WordPress product service offered by Automattic, but with the peculiarity that is called and therefore requires differentiation, explanations .

There would not even be a debate if the service was called , or whatever.

Well, you're right, I'm pesadito, and no, I have nothing against Automattic, less of its people, quite the contrary, its people I love, even the products of the company.

Myself I am practically an ambassador of many of its products, I have even organized a meetup on WooCommerce to promote its use for what it supposes of competitive advantage of WordPress over other ecommerce systems.

But Automattic is doing something wrong against the same thing that he proclaims, and is the use of WordPress in the domain of his payment plan service of his company, and is a comparative grievance, it is an abuse, and it is not good .

And that abuse, that bull that Matt himself self-assigned to his company to be able to use WordPress in his domain we do not have the rest of the common of mortals, and is unfair .

But above all is that confuses users .

Because is that use of WordPress in the domain in which they offer their services which causes all these confusions and for that reason I try to clarify the differences , because there are people who think it's the same, and it's not that Automattic puts much effort into clarifying the matter.

In fact, on the same conditions page that I'm talking about there are references to WordPress, without surnames in generic, that refer to their service exclusively, as if WordPress were them or was theirs . And yes, this enlarges the confusion.

You have an example in point 7:

Automattic does not have any control over websites and non-WordPress web pages and is not responsible for its content or use. When linking to a website or web page other than WordPress Automattic does not represent or imply endorsement of such website or web page. It will be your responsibility to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your computer systems against viruses, worms, Trojans or other harmful or harmful content. Automattic disclaims any liability for possible damages resulting from the use you make of websites and pages other than WordPress .

Clearly you should change it to " … other than WordPress. .com "which is what it refers to. But come on, that there are many examples, as we saw the other day .

Is there a solution to this confusion?

The day that the domain ceded to the WordPress Foundation and call at your service, for example, or whatever you like, the discussion is over .

They will be another company that offers services related to WordPress, and also good, and also that he collaborates more than anyone else with the WordPress code.

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