Apple and WordPress Come Into Agreement: WordPress App on iOS Completely Free, Standalone App

WordPress is a popular client for making websites. People use it to push blogs and other websites on the web. Currently, Apple is one of the richest companies in the world. The trillion-dollar giant manages to do that by making sure it gets every last penny. Recently, Apple had an all-out “war” with Epic games and now the company had issues with the developers behind WordPress as well.

For some background, the WordPress app on iOS doesn’t really offer any paid services. What it does is allow users to create free websites and or upload content to it. It allows the free 3GB storage that comes with it. Other than that, the app does not offer any in-app purchases. This is the important part because if it did, Apple would need a cut, as per the terms and conditions.

Anyway, upon digging deeper into the app, people found workarounds to go to the WordPress site from within the App to actually access the paid content and purchases. Apple realised this and issued a warning, making the developer pay the royalties it owes to Apple. Now, in a recent development, Mark Gurman reports on Twitter that an agreement has been reached.

WordPress claims that they did offer an update but this wasn’t something that offered in-app purchases. Anyway, the tweet rectifies Apple’s side as well and the two companies have reached an agreement. As of the next update, the WordPress app would be completely free, offering no services, hidden or lodged deep into the app. It would be a stand-alone app. Let’s hope Apple reaches a similar agreement with Epic Games too, for all those Fortnite fans.

Sarmad Burki
Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.