How much does it cost to start a WordPress website?

By on December 23, 2014

How much does it cost to start a WordPress website? A question that many beginners have in mind.

Is it worth paying for a domain and hosting in order to start a blog? And why should I do that?

The answer is YES! It is worth every penny because:

  • Owning a domain and a hosting give you endless possibilities and full control over your website (PHP, access to your database, to your website files, etc.) It also gives you the possibility of selling the website or just the domain.
  • You are more likely to create a brand and it is more professional to have your own domain.
  • It is easier for the users to remember the name of the website (if you don’t buy a crappy name of course)
  • Philological boost. When there are no strings attached you might tend to become lazy and even stop writing. But when you get some money involved, it means that your intentions are serious.

Ok… now let’s talk some numbers:

Domain name

Domain_nameA .com domain on Godaddy is $14.99 per year. You will see there are many sales and offers that you can take advantage of. So, on long term you will pay much less then 14.99$/year.
A .com domain on NameCheap is $10.66 per year. As you can see, it is cheaper but they don’t have too many offers and sales as Godaddy.
Anyway I’ll go with 1 year on NameCheap.

Domain registration for one year = $10.66


Hosting

server_hosting12 months of hosting on Hostgator is $66.72.
You can also pay for half a year if you are short on cash.
I’ve tried many hosting companies and Hosgator is my favorite. It works great and the technical support is awesome.
Another awesome thing is that you can take advantage of offers on holidays, Black Fridays, Thanksgiving, etc. when there are discounts up to 75%.

Ok… So, hosting expenses for one year = $66.72


 Premium Theme

templateYou can go with a free template, but if you wish to go with a premium template (which I strongly recommend) prices are are between $35 and over $100. I’ll go with a $59. At this price you can get amazing fully responsive WordPress themes.

Lifetime Premium Theme cost = $5.99

So, a medium cost in order to start a WordPress blog is: $10.66 + $66.72+ $59 = $136.38

The total amount is average and only informative. If you buy a domain and hosting for more years and also find a promotion, the total amount can drop to half.
It can also increase if you choose a better hosting plan and a more expensive template.
You can upgrade your hosting according to your needs. When your traffic increases, you need more resources from your host. The good thing is that you are making money when that happens, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Good luck!

3 Comments

  1. SmileyDoll

    December 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Can I start with a free template and after I get some money from the blog to pay for a premium one?

    • Wizard

      December 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Of course you can. But when you buy the premium one try to keep the same colors and stuff to not give your readers a totally new experience and an unfamiliar feeling.

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