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4 “Must Know” Rules About WordPress Logo & Trademark (Explained)

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As a WordPress user and blogger writing about the platform, there are some rules about the WordPress logo and trademark that you need to keep in mind.

WordPress is an open-source software, that is still protected by copyright and trademark laws. Many beginners don’t know them and may violate the guidelines.

In this explainer, we will discuss the rules you must follow when using the WordPress logo and trademark. We will also talk about why it is important and your rights under the WordPress license.

How to use WordPress logo and trademark

Understanding GPL – The WordPress License

Let’s start with the basics first.

There are two types of WordPress websites.

First, there is, a hosted solution, and then there is the popular, also called self-hosted WordPress.

When most people say WordPress, they are talking about To learn more, see our guide on the difference between and

WordPress is released under the open-source GPL license. This makes WordPress a free software.

However, free here is used as freedom, not as free coffee.

This license gives anyone the freedom to download, copy, use, study, and modify the WordPress code.

WordPress bill of rights

To summarize, the WordPress bill of rights guarantees these four freedoms:

  1. To run the program for any purpose
  2. To study how the program works and change it to make it do what you wish.
  3. To redistribute
  4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

While the software itself is free to use, you will need to purchase a domain name and web hosting account to install WordPress and make a website.

To learn more, see our article explaining why WordPress is free and what the costs are.

There is a misconception among beginners about free software and copyright. While you are free to use the software code in any way you want, the software itself is protected by copyright and trademark laws.

What does that mean?

Basically, you can copy the WordPress code to make new software, but you cannot call your software WordPress.

The name WordPress is a registered trademark owned by the WordPress Foundation. It is a non-profit organization that ensures that WordPress runs successfully as a free, open-source project.

Why Do You Need to Understand WordPress Logo and Trademark Rules?

WordPress powers nearly 43% of all websites on the internet. That’s a really huge number.

Millions of businesses use WordPress to run their websites, online communities, and blogs effectively.

The WordPress brand and trademark needed to be protected to ensure everything worked smoothly. For this purpose, the WordPress trademark was transferred to The WordPress Foundation in 2010.

Now, the problem is that WordPress Foundation is not the only one that works on WordPress. It is an open-source project where thousands of people contribute to its success.

Apart from those contributors, many companies, individuals, and freelancers worldwide sell WordPress-related products and services.

If you are running a WordPress website, a web design agency, or providing WordPress-related services, then you need to understand these rules to comply with the trademark policies.

That being said, let’s look at the rules and guidelines you must follow to use the WordPress trademark and logo in your projects properly:

Rule 1: Always Write WordPress with a Capital P

The correct way to spell WordPress is with a capital P. This capitalization is taken very seriously by the WordPress community.

If you are going to mention WordPress anywhere, then make sure that you use the correct spelling. Using an incorrect spelling is frowned upon and considered unprofessional.

WordPress team takes it so seriously that in 2010, they added a built-in filter called capital_P_dangit() in the WordPress 3.0 release.

This function automatically corrects the misspelled instances of WordPress in title, content, and excerpts:

function capital_P_dangit( $text ) {
	// Simple replacement for titles
	$current_filter = current_filter();
	if ( 'the_title' === $current_filter || 'wp_title' === $current_filter ) {
		return str_replace( 'Wordpress', 'WordPress', $text );
	// Still here? Use the more judicious replacement
	static $dblq = false;
	if ( false === $dblq ) {
		$dblq = _x( '“', 'opening curly double quote' );
	return str_replace(
		array( ' WordPress', '‘Wordpress', $dblq . 'Wordpress', '>Wordpress', '(WordPress' ),
		array( ' WordPress', '‘WordPress', $dblq . 'WordPress', '>WordPress', '(WordPress' ),

Rule 2: Do Not Use WordPress in Your Domain Name

As we mentioned earlier, the name WordPress is a registered trademark owned by the WordPress Foundation. This protects the WordPress brand and ensures its continued success.

Like any other registered trademark, the WordPress Foundation reserves exclusive usage rights for the term WordPress. This means you cannot use WordPress as part of your brand name or website.

This restriction also includes domain names. For example: Wrong! OK!

You can use WordPress in a subdomain such as ( The WordPress Foundation is mainly concerned with top-level domains.

If you see someone using WordPress in their domain name or brand name, then you should contact the WordPress Foundation and notify them about the violation.

See also: How to register a free domain name for your WordPress website.

The WordPress logo consists of the letter W in a grey or sometimes white circle with a grey ring.

The height of the letter W is tall and graceful. Many bloggers and website owners sometimes mistakenly use the faux logo, which usually has a shorter W.

WordPress faux vs real logo

Make sure that you are using the correct WordPress logo in your projects.

The WordPress logo is also available as a text mark, text mark with the W logo, and W logo.

WordPress logo examples

You can download all these logos from the official WordPress logos page (including WordPress logo PNG and SVG formats).

Feel free to use these images in your projects. However, make sure that you use them following the WordPress trademark policy.

Rule 4: No Affiliation or Endorsement

The WordPress Foundation wants you to use the WordPress logo and brand to promote the WordPress project itself.

However, you are not allowed to use it in a way that suggests endorsement or affiliation with the project. Here are some examples:

  • You cannot use the WordPress logo in your product’s advertisements.
  • You cannot use WordPress or its logo as part of your logo.
  • You can place ‘Powered by’ on your website, but you cannot say ‘Recommended by WordPress.’

In easier words, any attempts to take unfair advantage of the WordPress brand name violate the trademark policy.

What Happens When Someone Doesn’t Follow These Rules?

The WordPress Foundation takes these violations very seriously. You may receive an email from them to comply with their trademark guidelines.

Failure to comply may lead to further actions. These actions may include several legal procedures.

For example, if you use WordPress in your domain name, then the Foundation can claim that domain name. Their lawyers can also send you a legal notice.

The legal proceedings would cost you a lot of money, and you would lose support from the WordPress community itself.

The community relies on the WordPress Foundation to take these actions. It benefits everyone in the ecosystem and helps countless WordPress-related companies grow and succeed.

We hope this article helped you understand the rules to comply with the WordPress logo and trademark policies. You may also want to see our guide on the best WordPress plugins and best email marketing services for small businesses.

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  2. Dennis Muthomi says

    I had no clue about any of these WordPress logo and trademark rules until reading this post! Seriously!

    I’m really glad I came across this valuable information.

    Thank you for clearly explaining the importance of following the proper usage of the WordPress trademark and logo.

  3. Jiří Vaněk says

    Thank you for explaining the WordPress license. Among other things, Big P taught me how to write WordPress itself. I have a feeling that if you write WordPress in the article, P itself will correct it to a capital letter. I noticed that and that’s why I started using it that way. For example, I did not know that I am not allowed to use WordPress in the domain name. This is a big surprise to me.

  4. Peach says

    Is it possible to use the WordPress blue hex colour in a logo/branding, for instance, or does that infringe copyright?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Unless we hear otherwise, a specific color does not infringe copyright, other things can be the same color.


  5. Terri L Main says

    So I’m teaching a class on designing a website using WordPress 5.9. If I understand this correctly, I can’t use the logo in a Facebook post promoting the course (even if there is a disclaimer.) I’m okay with that. I just want to not over-step.

    • WPcraze says

      Yes. But I assume that we cannot use it as our logo. But we can use it in our posts to refer to WordPress.

  6. kerrywebster says

    It would remind me of the Volkswagen logo too if it had a ‘V’ on top of it and it was a san-serif font and it had a chrome look to it and it was on the front of a car. :)

  7. Björn says

    Swedish ortographic rules states that camel case (for example WordPress) is not to be used in ordinary text. Companies and organizations may use them but they can’t expect other to do it.

  8. Marion says

    WordPress is amazing and if the price to use it is to spell and represent its logo correctly then I am more than happy to do so. The advice is very useful.

  9. Martin says

    I have never really liked the WordPress (capital P people) logo. It somehow always makes me thing of the VW logo.

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