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Frequently Asked Question #38. Can I use LiveJournal for free? What additional service packages are there in LiveJournal?

Yes, you can use LiveJournal for free. You can also upgrade to an account with Professional package of service. Some users have an account with Permanent package of service. All LiveJournal accounts can use LiveJournal core features, such as posting entries and comments, customizing journal appearance, and participating in communities. All account types can also purchase additional userpics. Users of accounts without additional packages can purchase up to 15 additional userpic spaces, while users of accounts with Professional and Permanent package of service can purchase up to 210 additional userpic spaces. For additional features, you can purchase an account with Professional package of service (benefits).
Your account type is listed on your User Info page.

LiveJournal aims to offer all users the vital journaling features for free. However, due to the costs of running a website, such as server maintenance and bandwidth, some advanced features must be restricted to paying customers in order to keep the site running for everyone. Additionally, a few features are reserved for account with Professional package of services to show appreciation to those who help support the site. The account without additional packages type gives you access to some premium features in exchange for viewing and displaying advertising.

When creating a new account, you can select an Account without additional packages of service (for free) or purchase an account with Professional package of service directly from the account creation page. Existing users can upgrade to an account with Professional package of service at any time. Additionally, account with Permanent package of services offers a special set of features.



Account with Permanent package of service


Account with Permanent package of service are usually given to staff members or long-term volunteers who have contributed a significant amount of time and effort to the LiveJournal project. Although account with Permanent package of service have been infrequently sold in the past, they are not guaranteed to be sold in the future. Future account with Permanent package of service sales, if any, will be announced in the news journal.

Account with Permanent package of service have all account with Professional package of service features without an expiration date, plus the following:


Last Updated: April 3rd, 2017

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