The True Cost of Developing and Maintaining a WordPress Website

When it comes to do-it-yourself websites, WordPress is king. A lot of popular sites in the web run using WordPress because it is simple to set up and is perfect for people new to website development as well as for professionals. If you have never created a website or blog before then WordPress is for you.

With WordPress, you get to spend less time developing your site and more time on things that matter most.

While WordPress is free (yes, you heard that right) getting your site ready requires cold hard cash. You need hosting and domain services so you can get these done. And of course combined with all other expenses such as creative WordPress themes and plugins, you can get a pretty steep amount for a website startup

This is a breakdown of how much you would pay to get your WordPress site up and running:

  • Domain services – around $8-$12 a year
  • Hosting services – around $15 to $30 a month
  • WordPress premium theme – around $50 to $150 onetime payment
  • Premium plugins – around $15 to $200, could be onetime payment while some are available for monthly or annual licenses.

All these for a total of $200 to $1000 or more in a year.

What these numbers mean

You might spend around $200 to more than $1000 in a year just to start, develop and maintain your site properly. This takes into consideration that the domain name that you want for your site is available and you can keep the premium plugin and theme. Insisting on a difficult domain name could take your expenses higher and of course themes that have recurring charges will eventually cost you a lot of money in the long run.

Remember too that these numbers do not count your expertise and your time in setting your site all by yourself. If you are new, you could end up paying for professional help in maintaining your site. On the positive side, a professional site developer and manager will ensure that your site runs smoothly without the costly trial and error. This kind of service may be offered free in some web hosting and domain companies but if you want dedicated service it could take around $100 or more each year depending on the complexity of your website or business site.

Is there a way to cut costs?

The million dollar question will surely be, how do you cut down on costs when building a website using WordPress? The most obvious way is to learn how to maintain and develop your own site. Acquiring knowledge prior to setting up a site is easy with all the free information that you get on the web. Another way is to settle with a regular theme without compensating on the overall look and feel of your site. Custom free themes are available and if you can live with these basic themes then you can save yourself a hundred dollars or more in expenses each year.

 

 

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