|How Much it Cost to Start a Self Hosted WordPress Blog: eAskme|
Cost to start a self hosted WordPress blogWordPress is one of the best popular CMS which comes at minimal cost. WordPress is a free software, you can download it from WordPress.org. But it require domain name, a hosting space, template, for which you pay for. There are other requirements on which depend upon your decision to spend such as SEO, customization etc.
Minimal cost to start a WordPress blog is $60 for hosting and domain with Bluehost and Dreamhost.
Domain: Cost: $10Domain is the very first thing that you need to purchase. Domain name is the address of your blog. You should choose keyword rich domain or a branded domain. When you going to buy a domain, try to get .com or .org or .net. Here is the cost to buy different from different services.
- eAskme: $9.99
- Godaddy: $11.98
- NameCheap: $9.98
Here are few guides to refer, which will help you selecting a great domain:
How to find best domain names
How to select great domain name for your business
How to get free .com domain name
Webhosting Cost: 56-100$
Webhosting is a major investment to start self hosted WordPress blog. Never compromise with quality of Hosting. Always get affordable and reliable Webhosting. I recommend shared hosting for new blogs. Below are the best hastings for wordpress on annual basis.
Bluehost: $69 (One free domain, and unlimited features)
Set up cost: (Free [DIY] or $99)You can find many resources or tutorials to setup WordPress Blog available on Internet.
- How to Install WordPress Theme using WP Dashboard or FTP
- How to Create WordPress on Bluehost
- Essential settings after Installing WordPress
- Recommended SEO WordPress plugins
WordPress Theme cost: (Free to $86)I can say from my personal experience that it is the toughest task is to get the well optimized theme of your choice. There are many free
WordPress themes,, but I recommend to choose premium WordPress theme. Elegant themes or Theme-junkie are low cost solutions. If you want fully SEO optimized themes then you should use Genesis theme.
WordPress SEO: $0-$1000If you are starting a professional blog, only then you need to think about this. You can hire 3rd party SEO services to do offpage optimization. Price depend upon your own budget. If you are a new blogger then I recommend you to follow SEO guidelines for WordPress and start blogging.
WordPress Premium plugins: ( $47-$200)WordPress provide you a great list of free WordPress plugins. But there are premium plugins also available. If you don`t have investment issues then you purchase some premium plugins to boost on page SEO optimization. I personally recommend to use EasywpSEO.
Now lets see minimum cost for a self hosted WordPress blog :
- With Free Theme: $70
- With Premium Theme: $110
- Professional setup with Genesis theme: $399
- Professional setup with premium stuffs: $499-$1499