Are you one of those who think WordPress is free? Yes, you’re right. But there’s more to it than you know. WordPress is free software, so you can download it on your personal computer and use it at no cost.
The aspect that raises concern is when you want to use WordPress on the web. This is where you’ll need a hosting provider or have to subscribe to a plan on WordPress.com.
I’ll discuss this more as you read further.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free, open-source website builder that requires no technical experience to set up.
It is also a content management system written primarily in PHP. That way helps beginners and professionals create functional, versatile, and professional websites.
With WordPress, you can create and launch your first eCommerce store, start your journey as a blogger or affiliate marketer and build a solid online portfolio. Also, you can look through this list of what WordPress is best used for to get other ideas on maximizing it.
Is WordPress really free?
Yes, it is. WordPress is really free in the sense that you can get lots of free themes, plugins, widgets, and more on the platform. This is aside from knowing you can download the WordPress software on your computer for free.
I should also add that although WordPress is really free, there are premium services you’ll need to pay for to enjoy the full benefits of the platform.
While this isn’t compulsory, you may find it useful in the long run. Luckily, these premium features available in themes, plugins, hosting services, and more are quite affordable.
What is free on WordPress?
WordPress has a large library of free themes that comes with customizable features. With these themes, you can change the appearance of your website and determine how your site functions. Some of the free themes you can use are Astra.
You’ll have to log in to your WordPress dashboard to install it. Click on Appearance then Themes. In the search bar type in Astra and click install then activate the theme.
Remember that whatever theme you use should have a fast loading speed, and be highly responsive. Themes like Astra have these qualities, so I recommend it.
2. WordPress software
WordPress has an open source software which is www.wordpress.org. Anyone can download it for free through your hosting provider or your personal computer.
WordPress has an array of plugins that can serve various purposes on your website. You can get a free-to-use SSL certificate, a page builder like Elementor, and a Monster insight plugin that you can connect to your Google Analytics account.
Other website builders that are free to use
Wix is a popular website builder that allows users to create websites using pre-designed templates. It offers a free plan with limited features, but users can upgrade to a paid plan for more functionality.
Another popular website builder that offers a free plan with limited features. Users can upgrade to a paid plan for more functionality and remove Weebly branding.
It is a website builder that offers a 14-day free trial, but users have to upgrade to a paid plan to access all features and publish the website.
Blogger is a free website builder that is specifically designed for creating blogs. It offers a variety of templates, a simple interface, and easy-to-use tools.
Webnode is a free website builder that offers a simple and user-friendly interface. It offers a range of templates, design options, and e-commerce capabilities. And it is a drag-and-drop online website builder.
As a quick reminder, these website builders also offer paid plans for additional features and to remove ads and branding.
Does WordPress have free templates?
Yes, it does. WordPress templates come with the theme you’re using. If it’s a free theme, you have access to its free templates automatically.
Does WordPress cost money now?
It depends. If you’re downloading the open source software, www.wordpress.org, that’s free. However, you’ll need to host it, which can cost anything from $2.50 to $5 per month depending on the domain and hosting registrar.
Is WordPress free with GoDaddy?
Yes it is. If your hosting provider is GoDaddy, you wouldn’t need to pay anything extra to install WordPress from the GoDaddy platform.
WordPress is really free. The software itself is free to install and use. Plus it has more than 8000 themes and plugins, most of which have free features including templates.
That answers your question. WordPress is worth considering if you’re trying to build a new website on a budget. You’ll only need to pay for a hosting provider and domain name to start using your free WordPress content management system (CMS).
Thanks for reading.
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