Automattic is not the parent company of WordPress. They are the parent company of WordPress.com, the hosted website service that utilizes the open source WordPress platform. WordPress — the GPL licensed open source project — was started in 2003 as a fork of b2 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Automattic was started by Matt Mullenweg in 2005 as a corporate entity, and they have an exclusive privilege to utilize the WordPress name and logo in their products for WordPress.com. The WordPress Foundation owns and manages the WordPress trademark. That said, WordPress.com and WordPress are not interchangeable terms. WordPress.com is distinctly Automattic’s product and not in any way related to the open source project. WordPress is a content management system that is open source and developed by hundreds of contributors that volunteer their time and efforts. Many of those contributors work for companies that utilize WordPress in their day to day. Automattic is one of the companies that supports some of their employees to work on the WordPress project, however they have no official ownership of the project. How to distinguish WordPress versus Automattic When a blogger or journalist references
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