by: Clyde Smith
WordPress.com recently launched WordPress Music, a subsite that brings together all the WordPress.com tools for musicians in one spot including two new features, Playlists and Upcoming Events.
It’s a smart marketing move by WordPress and offers a strong argument for why you might want to start your WordPress experience at WordPress.com instead of taking a more complicated route via WordPress.org.
Since the use of the brand name WordPress for both WordPress.com and WordPress.org is an ongoing source of confusion, I should note that WordPress.com is the hosted version that is similar to but not as open-ended as the downloadable version, WordPress.org, for which you need to find your own host. Most of the news you see featuring WordPress is about WordPress.org.
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- Mobile-friendly, HTML5-based playlists (Extra Storage upgrade required)
- Upcoming Events widget and shortcode
- Social media cross-posting to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and more
- Embed music from SoundCloud or Bandcamp
- Videos embeds via YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler, and more
- Show off your photos with tiled galleries
- Plus, turn it up to 11 with WordPress.com upgrades like Custom Domain and Custom Design
In addition, WordPress.com offers a variety of both free and premium themes.
Though basic WordPress.com blogs are free, many of the above features require premium upgrades via the WordPress.com Store.