To answer that question and make sure a player understands, we have to start with the beginning.
I made this Minecraft server and named it WelshDraco because I needed a place to play without paying money. I personalized the Minecraft server, and I invested a lot of time in it. For myself. At a certain point, I decided to open it to the public.
I made a monetary investment to have plenty of features and compete with what I have seen on commercial servers. My first intention was to get some premium items and develop a store to sell those items to players. After I did some math, I decided it wasn't worth the price. While there may be some premium content such as visual enhancements in the future, if I can call them that, for now, everything is free.
It is free to play, free to explore, no membership, no rank required to buy and no...nothing. You log on and play. I am still working on a lot of stuff; therefore, while 99% of the server works, some things (such as enchantment levels) may change in the future.
There will be more posts with more details coming soon here on the forums and a detailed walkthrough on what a new player has to do to be able to play.
Yes, welshdracomc is free free free :)