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  • I’m launching version 3 of my website soon, and to speed the process of blogging and updates, I would like to use wordpress to exhibit my portfolio and areas of interest. My site will be the virtual face of my small business… and I haven’t found any conclusive documentation stating the restrictions or guidelines for using the wordpress system in such a manner. Is there something I should read before I go ahead install the system?

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  • You can use wp in any manner you choose. Including commercial, portfolio, etc. It’s considered a “mark of grace” if you will to leave the attributions etc. intact within the program’s code files, but even that isn’t something you’ll get sued over if you remove. It’s a nice gesture to leave “powered by WordPress” as well, but not necessary (though courteous to do so).

    And WHAT a nice person you are to ask first!

    Well I figured if I’m going to have a professional interprise, I might as well be professional about it. I will in fact leave a watermark on the template indicating the “Powered By” label. Thanks for the prompt response!

    You’re very welcome, and thank you again for asking up front. Best to you!

    It’s also a good practice to leave the attribution of the theme designer unless you create your own or buy one. People put a lot of work into those things and often release them for free distribution. It will never hurt your business or the public’s perception of your worth to acknowledge the fact that other people have contributed their time, energy, and imagination to make you look good.

    ptvguy, that’s an absolutely STERLING explication. I’d appreciate permission to “borrow it for use” whenever needed. I’ve seldom seen such a cogent statement of the benefits….

    By all means. As far as I’m concerned, it ought to be stamped into the top of the README file that comes with the WordPress install.

    BTW, I’ve always wanted to use the word “cogent” in a sentence. ;>

    FWIW, while I’d never touch any reference about wordpress or the theme’s author in the source files, I don’t leave a “powered by” where script kiddies can easily see them (I’m new to WP, but it’s something I’ve done with any systems I’ve used).

    If they’re trolling to exploit a WordPress weakness, they can pull the specific version directly from the meta tags. “Powered by” is just one possible hook.

    Speaking of which, there’s a ridiculously large number of blogs still out there running under 1.5. Why climb the tree, when there’s so much ripe fruit hanging from the bottom?

    Please note, that’s a reference to the amount of work necessary to hack an exploit and has no correlation to the actual content of any such blogs. :->

    I used the words articulate and cogent together in my resume. I got the job anyway.

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