I prefer Drupal as well. Its quite powerful and with all the add on modules, you can do quite a bit without having to do much coding. On the flip side, you can also customize, expand and do just about anything you want if you do want to code around the drupal core.
As for cost, here`s a breakdown You can probably find deals around to save you more $$ so its just approximate.
- $10 for domain name/year
- Say $10-30 a month for web hosting depending on what kind of package you are looking at
- When you look for hosting, look for one that provides "cpanel" or something similar. Basically its a powerful web interface that allows you to control many aspects of your web server, including installing things like Drupal, bulletin boards and other software all via web console. Makes things a little easier if you aren`t too familiar with some of the techincal details.
- Biggest cost will probably be your time and learning that you`ll need to do but that`s the norm when you are just starting out.
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