WordPress is Free!
Right of the bat we need to define the word ‘Free’. In this case the word ‘Free’ doesn’t mean free as in it doesn’t cost anything, because if that was the case then the Web design business couldn’t make a penny!
It really means ‘Freedom’. To give more meaning to this, if you install Windows on your PC you have to agree to the license agreement (you did read that didn’t you?!) and in it, it will allow you to use the Operating System under certain conditions, these will be restrictions on what you can and can’t do, which in laymen’s terms means you don’t have full freedom on what you can do with the Operating System. One real world example is that once Windows is installed on a PC, you cannot move that licence to another PC.
WordPress’s licence gives you the freedom to do this, more explicitly, it gives you four freedoms that is:
The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 1).
The freedom to study how the program works and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 2). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour (freedom 3)
The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 4). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Freedoms 1 and 3 require source code to be available because studying and modifying software without its source code is highly impractical.
It is worth noting that WordPress is free as in price too. You can ‘go it alone’ if you have the ability to, but it will still cost you the domain name and the web hosting. You can also stick to the free themes that are in the WordPress repository, but be aware, if you do go down this route, then all the issues that your website has, will be down to YOU, not your hosting provider.
This is where a company like Guildford Web Services Ltd comes in, we provide web hosting that is tailored for WordPress, we also can update your WordPress installation, it’s plugins too, as well as supplying a bespoke theme. Of course, this comes at a price – but then we did give you the definition of ‘free’ in this post didn’t we!
But as WordPress is free as in price when it comes down to distributing it, it does mean that it doesn’t cost us anything to install it on our servers, which in turn means we pass that freedom to you, as in it costs nothing per installation! (this is Freedom 3 at play!)