WordPress as a software is free. Literally anyone can download it and make use of it for free. However, when it comes to setting up a live website or a blog with it, that’s when it involves money.
The cost of setting up a WordPress website or a blog starts at registering a domain name. Registering a domain name nowadays cost between $10 – $18 per year.
So, keep in mind that $10 – $18 per year is the initial cost of setting up a WordPress website or a blog.
For your information, the domain name is the name of the WordPress website or blog. For example, if you buy a house, the house comes with an address. This address is to inform your friends and family where you live so that they will know exactly where to find you. The domain name of a WordPress website or a blog has the similar use.
Besides a domain name, you will need to rent WordPress hosting. Renting WordPress hosting cost between $10 – $10,000 per month.
So, keep in mind that $10 – $10,000 per month
Registering a domain name and renting WordPress hosting are the two compulsories before setting up a WordPress website or a blog.
For your information, WordPress hosting is the house of the WordPress website or a blog. This is where the files and other contents which you upload to your WordPress website or blog will live in. For example, if you upload an image to your WordPress website or blog, the image will be stored safely in your WordPress hosting.
Of course, the figures $10 – $10,000 per month might shock you. Well, that’s because WordPress hosting comes at different levels. Similar to houses. There are cheap houses and there are expensive houses. In this case, there are cheap WordPress hosting and there are expensive WordPress hosting.
Choosing WordPress hosting is really like renting a house. There are many factors to consider. For example, when renting a house, you will need to consider the amount of space, the facilities, the environment, the accessibility, the usability and etc. When it comes to choosing WordPress hosting
In most cases, if you are just starting out with no clue where you are heading with your WordPress website or blog, the absolute basic package of WordPress hosting will do just fine. That’s around $10 per month. But, if you have a plan in mind with the WordPress website or blog and need advise to the WordPress hosting you are about to choose, you can consult the WordPress hosting provider’s sales team. They will be more than happy to assist you.
Just for your information, a WordPress hosting provider is a company that sells WordPress hosting. This company also usually provide the domain name registering service so that you can register a domain name in the same place without having to register it separately on another platform.
And, installing the WordPress software is also something a WordPress hosting provider will provide for free. So, you can basically do everything in a single platform and get on with whatever you intended with your WordPress website or blog in the first place.
Coming back to the main topic of this post, in short, to create a normal WordPress website or a blog, the cost will be $10 – $18 per year for domain name registration + $10 per month for WordPress hosting.
Other than that, there is no cost. For instance, if you want to design your WordPress website or blog, you can simply look up for a free WordPress theme in the WordPress Theme Directory. By default, WordPress will assign a WordPress theme for your website or blog. You can change it to make it look like the way you want it. WordPress theme is like the interior design of a house. So, if the interior design of your house looks minimalist, that’s what your friends and family will see. In this case, if the WordPress theme you chose is a minimalist one, then that’s how your WordPress website or blog will look like. However, there are free WordPress themes and there are premium WordPress themes. You can read my write up here on the difference between the two.
And if you want to add functions and features to your WordPress website or blog, there is no cost too. You can simply find a function or feature that you need for your WordPress website or blog in the WordPress plugin repository. At the moment of writing, there are more than 55,000 free plugins available to use. WordPress plugins are sort of like the electronic things in your house. Electronic things such as TV, modem, digital clock and etc. These plugins are what gives your WordPress website or blog more features and functionalities. For example, if you want to display the weather forecast on your WordPress website or blog, you will need to look for a weather plugin in the WordPress plugin repository. At the same time, there are premium plugins too. However, premium plugins are usually for more advanced WordPress websites and blogs.
Thus, ends my explanation on the cost of owning a WordPress website or a blog.