WordPress is an open source Web Content Management System (WCMS) that is used for creating a website. It is so versatile that you can use it to make a hobby blog, a professional business website or a niche affiliate money making website or photography website. It has now become the most popular blogging system used by millions today.
Today we will got through all the services that are related to building a good wordpress website and their cost and prices based on starting prices for beginners to higher end business pro prices.
The first thought that comes to a person’s mind when he or she intends to host/make a blog or website is “How much will it cost me?” The Answer to this question will vary, depending upon individuals’ speciifc requirements – their choices of products and services, the look they want for their website, the extra functionality they need etc in order to create a competent blog or website.
The “wordpress” website software itself works out of the box beautifully and the software is free, however you will need a paid hosting company account to get it all working together. Here are some things below that you will need to build your first website or blog with “Wordpress CMS” ( content management system)
The first step in making a blog or a website is the creation of a domain name. Domain name is the url that will lead to a person’s blog or website. There are various domain names available – .com, .org, .net, .info, .guru and so on. Out of these, ‘.com’ is the least expensive one.
GoDaddy usually charges $12.99 initially and NameCheap charges $10.69. Initial registration as well as renewal cost needs to be checked in order to avoid expensive maintenance of a domain.
After creation of domain name the next step is web hosting. WordPress has many web hosting providers like BlueHost, Hostgator, Dreamhost, Inmotion hosting etc.; however WordPress has recommended bluehost because of their good service and quality.
BlueHost is optimised for WordPress and they provide reliable and inexpensive hosting. Its 12 months prepay (approximately) for all three plans are listed below
Basic Plan – $4.95 per month: Includes 1 website, 50 GB website space, 1 domain, 5 parked domains, 5 email accounts, 100 Mb per account email storage.
Plus Plan – $7.95 per month: Includes unlimited websites, unmetered website space, 1 domain, unlimited parked domains, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email storage, Global CDN, 1 Spam Expert.
Pro Plan – $23.99 per month: Includes unlimited websites, unmetered website space, 1 domain, unlimited parked domains, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email storage, global CDN, 2 spam experts, 1 dedicated IP, 1 Domain privacy and much more.
Another Hosting provider is Inmotion hosting which was started in the year 2001. Its cPanel interface makes setting up a new website simpler. Its hosting plans (for 12 months) are listed below:
Launch Plan – $8.99 per month: Supports 2 separate websites, 6 domains with email, 2 MySQL databases.
Power Plan – $10.99 per month: Supports 6 separate websites, 26 domains with email, 50 MySQL databases.
Pro Plan – $15.99 per month: Supports unlimited separate websites, unlimited domains with email, unlimited MySQL databases.
WordPress Design & Themes/Templates
Next comes designing of the website for which themes are used. WordPress is equipped with both free as well as premium themes.
For best quality codes and search optimization, framework themes such as Hybrid Core or Genesis can be used that falls in the range of $59 to $87.
Theme memberships can be used for larger variety of designs. WooThemes provides 55 themes for an annual membership of $399 per year, DevPress offers 14 themes for $69 per year membership The Theme Foundry provides access to 12 themes for an annual membership of $79.
Plugins for WordPress
Plugins are used to enrich the functionality of one’s blog or website. Some of the free ones include WordPress SEO by Yoast for search optimization, Floating Social bar for social sharing, etc. Paid ones include – Akismet, a spam fighting plugin, the price of which starts from $5 for commercial sites.
Gravity forms, mainly used for its form functionality starts at $39 per year, Business Review bundle at $36 and so on. Most niche-specific plugins are paid because they are used for a unique set of settings, for example eCommerce plugins.
Security, maintenance and support
WordPress requires regular maintenance and hence it is mandatory to keep updating the core software, themes and plugins on a regular basis. These updates will enable a blog or website to remain secure thereby preventing it from any threats. Even backups are required so that the content remains safe in case of hosting disaster.
As shown above, cost of WordPress is derived taking multiple factors into account. If you are planning to go for a simple website or blog taking into account your low budget, the cost can be as low as $47 a year for hosting and with some design and functionality extras it can come upto approx $200 a year. Depending on how you choose to spend (premium or medium budget apps, design) this could be higher or lower.
On the other hand if one wants to go ahead with a premium high end professional looking website you could buy a website pre made design worth $200(one time), Website hosting ($180 a year) and some premium plugins ($100 one time) to make your blog look and perform like the professional high end ones. So approximately for $500 a year you can get a high end website.
If you are looking to get into online stores or membership sites, eCommerce or other more technical functionalities then the cost can be around $2,000 to $5,000 per year depending on if you go custom built (higher price) or then a ecommerce provider ( lower price) like shopify .
You can always start by making use of a lower price option and upgrade as you start to earn money, and so don’t let the price factor be a blocker. If you have ambitions for being an online entrepreneur- start today. Not tomorrow, now is the best time to start!