Even though most self-hosted CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are all open source software licensed using GPL which makes them be absolutely free and there are thousands of free themes or templates and plugins, extensions or module available out there in the market. With these, you can easily build a website from scratch with little or no coding knowledge!
But there are still some hidden fees you may not put into consideration when launching your desired site either powered by WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. Determining the minimum cost of creating a CMS powered website can be really tricky. Because it entirely depends on your choice and needs. However, we would like to help you walk through the tricks of estimating both a typical static website and an advanced dynamic site using WordPress as a case study for the sake of this post.
After helping thousands of Users with their web design or blog site project, we always advise beginners to start small and then expand as their business or vision grows depending on what they need and not running after unnecessary desires over time. There are some premium tools like Plugins/Extensions/Modules and Themes/Extensions that your website does not require at all in the preliminary stage. You can always go with the free alternative and go get the actual tool as you scale up the ladder of success in your digital career. Now, without further time, let’s see how you can create a website on a customized wallet budget with WordPress just as your basic needs so that you can get to know how much does it really cost to build a site.
There are over 40,000 free plugins for WordPress. These are extensions for your websites. Think features like Social share button, Search Engine Optimization, contact form, gallery, etc.
While you can build a website with just a basic web hosting account cost and a domain name cost, based on your desire or want, you may end up paying for more tools and services. That’s why it’s often usually confusing for people to find out the real cost of a WordPress website.
Price Plan for Domain Name
Some of the web hostings will give you a free custom domain name for the first year if you sign up for their annual plans. Web hosts like InMotion, SiteGround, BlueHost do offer free domain name registration for the first year. We usually recommend this for small websites or blog who are on a little budget and trying to build a personal blog or small business website. After the first free year, it typically costs around $10-$20 to renew every year. If you prefer to buy your own custom domain name elsewhere as it is usually cheaper, you can purchase your domain name is through GoDaddy, and also, NameCheap also has a competitive price against GoDaddy, and they can be cheaper when compared to GoDaddy. But each of them will cost you about $1 – $15 per year (even when renewing) depending on the coupon code. From a bigger picture perspective, it’s a significant difference.
Price Plan for Web Hosting
A web hosting service normally costs around $7.99 / month. But know that web hosting price varies significantly depending on the type of market you buy from. In addition to that, the price of web hosting continues to rise higher when it comes to WordPress website. You need the best web host with little budget. They will provide you additional services for backups, security, and speed enhancement. Pricing with these companies ranges from $19 to $47 and goes as much as up to $400.
PS: We (CMSFolks.com) is hosted on inmotion and we can always recommend them for all of our beginners and even experts prefer to use them due to their unmatched features, given at a low price that most web host can’t beat if they are to offer same features
Price Plan for Website or Blogging Platform
With so many drags and drop website builder coming up day by day, you might want to consider using them. We usually advise against using these platform. Why? Because they don’t give room for expansion in the future. But if your budget is so tight, you can have your way, we still strongly advise against using them. There are lots of these free platform like Weebly, Shopify, WordPress.com, Blogspot.com etc. If they are your choice, you don’t need to worry about Domain name and Web Hosting. Those are covered for you but the hassle behind the wheel of these is that you are limited in option e.g instead of having your domain name like this: ‘www.exampl.com‘ what you get is ‘www.example.blogspot.com‘. Which is unprofessional
On the other hand, although, WordPress.org and other CMS like Joomla and Drupal though doesn’t provide free hosting services, but yet, they will give you thousands of amenities later on.
Between the all these platforms, you can use WordPress.org due to the availability of free pieces of software which will be required to run your site efficiently afterward.
If you prefer to go with our advice, kindly read on.
Price Plan for Themes/Templates
There are plenty of free themes/templates out there in the market, you need to consider some issues like compatibility with plugins/extensions or modules and mobile device responsiveness. But if you go for free themes, if you expect a quality theme yet with a value for money then you will have to spend around $25. But you might have to pay more than $90 to the professionals according to their demand. We advise against using nulled themes.
Price Plan for Plugins/Extension
We will recommend using the free yet rich plugins at the initial stage to keep the costs lower. For example, you can try WPForms Lite to build a form as the free version has all the basic and almost all the premium features that you need. Honestly speaking, you don’t need the majority of the paid plugins at this initial stage. For advanced usage, you may need to pay an average $100 per year for the premium plugins. You can spend this huge amount of money only when your site begins paying off.
To help you out, below is a list of few plugins used by thousands if not millions of WordPress users, to help power up your website to the sky even at this hatching period. These plugins are free to use and you can later upgrade for their premium features.
- WPForms Lite – Add contact forms to your WordPress site
- Envira Gallery Lite – Add beautiful image galleries to your site
- Soliloquy Lite – Add beautiful image sliders in WordPress
- Yoast SEO – Improve your WordPress SEO and get more traffic from Google
- MonsterInsights (Free) – Helps you track visitor stats using Google Analytics
- WP Super Cache – Improves your website’s speed by adding cache
There are many more free WordPress plugins to add different features and extend your WordPress site.
The average amount you should have to build a scalable website should be around $80.
PS: This is just for Domain Name + Web Host + Theme (optional)
Building a Medium Size Website
If you are going to a medium size website, with premium features, we’ll advise you still take a step at a time. This way you will not be paying for anything that you don’t really need. As you add more features to your website, your website cost will start to increase
When you go with some premium features in both themes and Plugins, you will have to spend a bit higher than the basic setup we previously explained above. You may have to buy a theme that cost around $100 and plugins that cost more bucks from your budget. Also, remember you have to spend more on your hosting package with can be a bit higher than previously mention and for this (web host) we mapped out a sum of $100.
To get better plugins than previously mentioned, you can use the list below to get more added features.
- WPForms (Pro) – Adds a drag-drop form builder to your WordPress site
- Envira Gallery – WordPress image gallery plugin for photography or portfolio websites
- Beaver Builder – Adds a drag and drop WordPress page builder
- Constant Contact – One of the best Email marketing services
- OptinMonster – Converts abandoning website visitors into subscribers. Lead generation for WordPress.
- MonsterInsights Pro – See how visitors find and use your website.
- BackupBuddy – For automatic WordPress backups
- Sucuri Firewall – Website firewall and malware protection
The average amount you should have to build a medium size website should be around $800