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I just got my own domain from SiteGround (first time doing anything like this.) and installed WordPress on it.

Is it possible I could use that as my main WordPress account? I'm not seeing any option to follow other blogs, I don't see the "reader" and I'm pretty sure my account on this domain isn't actually visible on WordPress itself.

Alternatively, how do you go about following/subscribing to blogs that are connected through WordPress but are on their own domain with no option to follow on the WordPress system itself?

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Installing WordPress on your own domain is possible with wordpress.org, like you did. Blogs hosted on wordpress.com are completely independent. so wordpress.org is not capable of connecting to blogs on wordpress.com, so it's not possible to follow, subscribe, etc. to blogs on wordpress.com.

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  • Okay. So having a website built on .org isn't really a blog - it's just a standalone website. Well is there any way to have some sort of subscription system that lets people receive updates or "follow" my website? Thanks. – Rockett Oct 4 '14 at 18:09
  • @Rockett It is, but it's not connected to the .com network. There are many plugins for that. Take a look at the repository :) – William Edwards Oct 4 '14 at 18:11
  • @Rockett Specifically look into the Jetpack plugin for this purpose. William is mostly correct that self-hosted WordPress is completely independent from wordpress.com but you can link them together in certain ways via Jetpack. – JCL1178 Oct 5 '14 at 18:01
  • @JCL1178 Yes, indeed, very good suggestion. Edit my answer if you'd like to add that. – William Edwards Oct 5 '14 at 18:24

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