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  • As I understand it, WordPress is open source and therefore should not be sold by anyone. However, is it permissable for web developers to charge a setup fee? We have several clients who could benefit from a blog but have insufficient knowledge or inclination to set up their own. We could however do this for them and provide a link from their websites. How do we stand on this?
    Paul – Cyber Studios (UK) Ltd

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  • Jeremy Clark



    As long as your charging for your services and not the product itself then then there shouldn’t be a problem.

    That was quick Jeremy, thanks for your comment. I was fairly sure this was the case but it’s good to get another opinion.

    WordPress is distributed under the GPL (see http://codex.wordpress.org/GPL). which allows you to sell it. From the GPL FAQ:

    Does the GPL allow me to sell copies of the program for money?
    Yes, the GPL allows everyone to do this. The right to sell copies is part of the definition of free software. Except in one special situation, there is no limit on what price you can charge. (The one exception is the required written offer to provide source code that must accompany binary-only release.)

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