WordPress may have started as a simple blogging platform. But it has exploded into a full-blown CMS in recent years. Enterprises like The White House, jQuery, Dyn, NGINX, The New York Times, all call WordPress their online home. They’re just the cream of the crop, though. According to BuiltWith, another 19,922,280 live websites (and counting) all use WordPress, too. There’s a reason that so many websites use it. Rather than charge for their enterprise-level CMS, the founding company behind it, Automattic, chose to keep it open source. So technically speaking, it’s “free.” Nothing is truly free, however. There’s always some kind of cost. How much does it really cost, then? How much would it set you back to run a moderately-sized site or one that competes with Mashable or TechCrunch’s sites?Let’s find out. Why WordPress Isn’t Actually Free WordPress.org will tell you it’s completely free. But… well, it isn’t. At least, it isn’t if you want your WordPress website to be a fully-functioning online entity. In that case, you’ll need some extra stuff. The extras that you’ll need to get up and running
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