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Many people who tried to make a website look for an alternative rather than the standard way, which is learning all of the basic languages for making websites. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of them: HTML, CSS, PHP, and JS.

Learning those languages don’t require much investment but it does require a lot of hard work and time. On the other hand, CMS like WordPress reduces the difficulty for an exchange of course.

Many people who used the basics of WordPress might get confused. Simply said, if you’re using the basic version of WordPress, you can have it for free, no charge whatsoever.

While on the other hand, if you want an advanced version of WordPress with many more features and perks, then you will need to use a decent amount of money.

The amount of money you will spend on this varies quite a lot, due to the massive amount of themes and your own preference and need.

The Real Costs of Building and Running a WordPress Website Analysis

It should be no surprise that if you want to have a proper website with a decent hosting, you will have to invest some money depending on what you need. Now, let’s get to the point and the main thing. How much is it going to cost?

Well, there are many factors to consider before giving the full estimate. With each one of them, there are a few variables that we will need to look at in order to get to our final goal.

Now, upon creating a website in WordPress, the person will need to decide what theme they want and after the website is finished. The developer will need to get a host and upon getting a host the user will need to register his domain.

So in short, we have the three things that actually cost money, the theme the host and the domain registration. Besides those two, we will have to spend a lot of our time on making the website, but to some people that is irrelevant.

In short, we have three basic costs when creating/running a WordPress website:

  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Hosting
  • Domain name
  • Development cost


The theme is a pretty interesting thing to talk about, as the basic/starter ones are literally free. However, that doesn’t suit most of the people.

Every person has different requests and that is why we have a thing called premium themes which tend to add a lot of the features users suggest and want.

Basically, if you are looking to make a high-quality website you will probably need to buy a professional premium theme which shows off your website in the best possible light.

The price of the themes varies a lot. Some are quite cheap and some are quite expensive. Of course, the cheap ones can suit your needs as well as it mostly depends on the project you’re working on.

Besides that, there are also some rare occasions where the requested theme you want has a trial version so you can try it out and decide if you like it or not. I took the most commonly used themes and summed up the total price and got the overall average value which is 57 dollars.

So we are going to take that as the base of buying themes on WordPress.


WordPress is awesome, it can do a lot of stuff alone. But sometimes you need more functionality which it does not provide. In that case, you need to use WordPress plugins. Plugins can extend the functionality of a WordPress website beyond imagine.

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There are a lot of free plugins, but there are some commercial ones that really cost from tens of dollars to hundreds and thousands of dollars. That actually depends on what you need. If you are building a simple portfolio or corporate website, chances are you won’t need many or any plugins.


 The host is a crucial part of a website. It is one of the most important parts of it because if you don’t have a hosting provider, you can’t. There are many types of hosting and we will be looking at the following types of hosting:

  • Self-hosting
  • Web hosting
  • WordPress hosting

Self-hosting is the cheapest way to host something as it is essentially free. The only thing you require is the internet which of course is globally accessible.

But do not think self-hosting is the best thing there is, as it has its cons which are quite hard to solve. The main con of self-hosting is the fact that it requires a lot of work to make it function properly.

Making everything work properly can take a lot of precious time which you could have spent on some more productive things, but, it is one of the cheapest methods to get your website up and running.

But like I said, it takes a lot of work and you can run into quite a lot of problems on the way, especially with domains and constant uptime.

In conclusion, self-hosting is a quite decent option if you have stable internet connection, a dedicated computer for hosting and a lot of knowledge, but if you lack those things then you should consider getting internet hosting.

Web hosting is the most common service used for hosting websites and much more.

It provides an easy way to sustain a website on the internet without all of the hard work leaving you more free time.

But it does come with its prices, literally, as it can cost up to thousands of dollars per month in some cases.

But most people tend to look for free website hosting which is useful and useless at the same time. It won’t cost you any money or whatsoever, but it will provide much fewer features and options, protection, and overall quality. Another thing about these types of hosts is that you will not be able to put your own domain name, or in some cases, you will be very limited in picking one.

For the most part, internet hosting removes all the hard issues with self-hosting for a specific price depending on the quality of the host.

Overall, internet hosting is the best option there is out there for any type of a website, however, if you’re more focused on WordPress, like in this case, there is a better option.

The overall average price is around 11 dollars monthly, for an extremely good host with good protection, support, and good quality. However, those prices differ with different hosting providers. Some provide unique packages which cost a larger sum of money but provide more in comparison to other packages and similar.

WordPress hosting is limited to just hosting WordPress websites. If you plan on hosting a WordPress website and only that, it is the best option out of all of them.

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It may get costly sometimes, especially if you need an allowance for greater traffic numbers and more storage, but that all depends on what you need and what you’re looking for.

The crucial thing that is different between internet hosting and WordPress hosting is the limitations and the price.

Price-wise, it is a lot more budget friendly in most of the cases. However, like I said previously if you need a large website with a lot of subpages, storage, traffic allowance and a bunch of more stuff, the price will go up significantly.

In short, WordPress hosting is extremely good, but with the limitation of only being able to host WordPress sites usually for a small amount of money.

The average price is around 10 dollars which is a solid price for this type of hosting.

Domain name

Another important thing upon creating a website is the domain. The domain is quite a weird thing as there are many domains and some are provided free to the community, while others require a monthly or yearly payment to keep the site up.

Another important factor when choosing a domain is the name you want your website to have, if you a commonly searched name for your website, then odds are you will need to pay much more, this is mostly because of SEO and it can hurt your wallet pretty badly if you make the wrong choice.

In conclusion, the domain is a really important thing and be careful upon choosing one as it can impact your site quite a lot.

Common prices for domains range from 99 cents up to 20 dollars yearly, depending on what domain you want. Sometimes, quite often actually, the prices can go in 4 figure range which isn’t surprising, considering how many websites there currently are on the internet.

Development cost

If you are building your site by yourself, chances are you won’t spend a lot of money. As WordPress is free and Open Source.

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But, you need to take that into account too. If you want to calculate the cost of building a WordPress website, and you are building it yourself. Take your hourly rate (let’s say it is $50) and multiply it by the number of hours you need to finish your website (let’s say 40hrs), that makes a total of $2000.

Actually, this is the average development cost of a simple corporate WordPress website built by an agency. Contact us and send us your website project, and we will send you a quote.


There is nothing that is good and free at the same time, and by chance that something like that exists then it is a rare occasion. There is a saying which goes:

“If it’s too good to be true, then it’s not true.”

I’m quite sure most of us have heard of this one before and this applies to website hosting as well.

All in all, you can have a really good and professional website for quite cheap if you know what you are doing. But you can also have a really bad one for much more money if you have no idea what you’re looking for.

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Salim Šabić
Salim Šabić
Hi, my name is Salim Šabić. Thanks for visiting my website. How can I help You? WHAT I DO: I help you grow your business online by developing and optimizing amazing business websites and applications. I can help you promote your business and reach more customers online easy! I am a certified web developer and eLearning consultant offering over 10 years of experience on both client and server sides.

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