How Much Does it Cost to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog?

Everyone knows that hosting your blog can be a costly affair, and the question of cost arises in every new blogger’s mind. How much is it going to cost to create a self-hosted WordPress blog?

There is no upper limit when it comes to blog investment, and in this guide I will share the minimum amount you need to spend to create a professional blog which you can produly share with world, and make money from it.

Cost To Setup a WordPress Blog
How Much Does It Cost To Setup a WordPress Blog?

WordPress is a platform with which you can start a blog for a minimal cost. WordPress software is free, and you can download it for free from the page.

Still, there are some other necessary elements that you will have to pay for such as a domain name and hosting space, the costs of which will depend on your specific requirements.  You may also choose to invest in customization, SEO or other factors along the way.

If your interest is simply to start a blog on WordPress, you can start with a minimal cost of $60 for unlimited hosting and free domain with Bluehost. You can learn all about which hosting service is best for WordPress here.

Domain: Cost – $10

The first element you need to shop for is a domain. Having a domain name is giving an address to your new website. You need to make sure that your domain name is brandable or at least keyword rich.

You should choose a domain in the order of .com, .org or .net.  As it is with above suggested WordPress host, you will get a free domain. In case you need to buy additional domains, here are some of the best cheap options.

Following are typical domain prices from different domain providers, (.com domain prices):

Here are some guides from the past, which will help you in selecting your domain name:

Webhosting:  Cost, 56-100$

WordPress Hosting

This is one major investment that you will be making in the process of starting your own WordPress blog. I would suggest that you do not compromise with the quality of your hosting service. You should try to get reliable (and affordable) web hosting. For a new blog, shared hosting is recommended.  Here are some of the recommended WordPress hosting services along with prices for one year:

  • Bluehost: $69  (with one free domain)
  • Hostgator: $56 with coupon code Shoutmeloud30

Set-up cost: (Free [DIY] or $99)

Technical Setup

There are many tutorials and resources available on The internet that will help you to set up a WordPress blog. Here are some of the tutorials I’ve written which you can use to install WordPress and set up your blog:

You can easily follow our DIY guides above to get things done.

However, if you find that this requires too much technical knowledge for you at this point, you can take advantage of ShoutMeLoud’s WordPress services.

You can also refer to our WordPress guide page for more WordPress resources for newbies.

WordPress Theme cost: (Free to $86)

From my experience, the toughest task is to choose the right theme for your site in terms of speed, price, and functionalities. There are many free WordPress themes, but they are missing some of the important aspects of premium WordPress themes.

If you are looking for a low-cost solution, I would suggest trying Elegant Themes or Theme-Junkie. In case you don’t want to compromise on SEO terms, try Genesis Theme.

WordPress SEO: $0-$1000

This is a cost you will need to pay if you wish to start a professional blog. Many WordPress services offer free SEO optimization when you set up your blog with them. If you wish, however, you can always hire a 3rd party SEO company to do offline SEO optimization for you though the price will depend on your budget.

For new bloggers, I would suggest that you simply follow the SEO guidelines for WordPress and start blogging.

Make sure you don’t miss any of the essential elements of online or on-page, SEO optimization, much of which can be learned on your own through trial and error.

For a guide to help you to learn everything you need to know about SEO for a WordPress blog, you can refer to the Ultimate DIY guide to WordPress SEO.

WordPress Premium plugins: ( $47-$200)

One of the major benefits of WordPress is its great list of free plugins, many of which can be found at the WordPress plugin repo. There are also many plugins that are available at varying costs.

Technically, as a new blogger wanting to start your blog with minimal investment, you may not need any premium services or plugins. But if you don’t have an investment issue, you can grab some of the premium plugins to help you to boost your on-page SEO optimization.

You can find a list of other plugins I use at ShoutMeLoud here.

Now let’s figure out the minimum cost for a self-hosted WordPress blog where you will be doing everything on your own:

  • Basic setup with free theme:  $70
  • Basic setup with premium theme:  $110
  • Professional setup with Genesis theme: $399
  • Professional setup with various premium elements: $499-$1499

As a new blogger, one can also consider using a basic setup with a premium WordPress theme.

Let me know if you have any other questions regarding the setting up of your new self-hosted WordPress blog!

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 33 )

  1. says

    Dear Harsh,
    I Have already domain “” I want shift from Blogger to WP.

    I Purchased Hosting plan from Godaddy.
    Please suggest me, is this really need “Map my Domain” which costs 13 dollor per year on WP?

  2. says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thank you for your kind words. Well, I have a doubt. Is these offers only for the beginners or this will be the same figures for the renewal process after the completion of the current running plans such as hosting plan.

  3. Aryan says

    Hey Harsh, I am planning to start blogging and soon work with Adsense. My question is, would the minimum cost you have talked about be a one time payment or would I have to pay those $70 each month?

    • Dharmendra Jha says

      Hi Mr. Aryan, I would like to give answer of your questions. The registration of domain is for one year so you have to pay per year and it’s cost near about Rs 500 to Rs. 600. The web space where you want to store your file is costly and it depends on your requirements. The cost of web space may be monthly or early.

  4. Ged Ward says

    Hi Harsh, Can you tell us readers what your site like this would cost to build and setup. Hope you dont mind as im just thinking about paying for a complete setup as i have a subject i want to blog about already and dont want the long wait of learning all the wordpress setup etc. Thanks in advance


  5. says

    Brilliant advice from a brilliant blogger. ;-)

    A very thorough guide, Harsh, thank you! We’ll link it from our blog as soon as we touch the topic again (and great resources deserve being linked to!).

    Hostgator has been a great host to us so far. Where are you currently hosted at?

    One of our team hosts her websites at a small reseller hosted by a friend of hers and she seems to appreciate the quality of the uptime and support. Perhaps we’ll talk more about small resellers sometimes; they may hide gems.

    Thanks for a great post, Harsh. :-)

    – Laasya & The Team

  6. says

    Hi Harsh,
    you are a great inspiration for a lot of newbie bloggers like us. I have stated my new blog referring your other article creating blogs on niche keywords.
    I find your site on page 1 for anything to everything I want to for all blogging aspects.
    great work
    Thanks a Ton.

  7. Sudipto says

    Harsh I must tell you that you are indeed doing a very good job. Most of the time when we gain certain level in any criteria we often forget to help any body who is new to it and in the meantime we overlook the difficulties we face during that time. Coming up with a post to help the new comers is indeed very noble of you

  8. Gaurav says

    Thanks Harsh you articles are awesome and really helping newbies like me. I have one qustion. I’m starting a blog and my budget is $350. Till now I have decided to go with,
    Godaddy($10), bluehost($70 for one year), thesis theme($197), Plugins( EasywpSEO and SEO smart link plugins for $116)
    but It’s going out of my budget so where should I compromise? Is it enough or I’ll need anything more? any suggestions?

  9. Nilantha Jayawardhana says

    Really amazing and useful post.

    When someone begin to blog, he think that how much I should spend for my blog. Every newbie have this same question. Total cost of his/her depends on his/her blogging purpose.

    Thank You harsh. You explain about the cost of self hosted WordPress blog. Definitely, this is really useful post for every newbie who hope to start professional blogging.

  10. Md. Ibrahim says

    Hi Harsh, thanks a lot for this great post. I am a new blogger, running WordPress on Byethost free hosting. As I am a newbie I’ll spend money on domain & hosting later when I’ll earn some money from my blog. But my question is, is there any risk to continue blogging on free hosting like Byethost?

  11. beverly says

    so if I am just starting out what is the total cost for self hoast blog for basic setup premium theme?

  12. Zero Cost Business says

    I think for a newbie who does not have enough budget, domain and web hosting are enough for expenses. You can find good looking themes related to your niche for free and plugins like Platinum SEO or All in One SEO take care of most aspects of SEO anyway. Other than that, it always helps that you are aware of SEO and learn more about installing and promoting a blog.

    If you are blogging for business, it is better to know about selecting a niche, keyword research, how to get organic search rankings for your keyword, etc before selecting a domain name and web hosting.

    Ultimately, it is always a question of time against money. If you are not willing to spend money, you have to spend time.

    Considering that, building a business is never really free or even cheap.

  13. Rajeel says

    Great post and you have considered everything that a blogger have to pay for. But you can cut-off the prices if you want. Domain+Webhosting costs only about $42 in Just host. Setting up of a wordpress blog is a very simple task. Just do read some nice tutorials and you can do it yourself. Premium theme from elegentthemes are great and cheap. I recommend to use them and there are a lot of GREAT free themes outta there. You need to keep an eye on it. For the SEO part, if you are somewhat experienced, you can cover almost major parts without a pro. But you can hire one and ot won’t be a lose at all.

    So if you do like this, you can easily start a WordPress blog for about a $100 budget. Just to cheer up the newbies who want to come to WP :) … Don’t get upset after reading the calculations……You can cut it down to a great extend, if you want to ………. Just to let you know it :)

  14. Baby BrownFox says

    Thanks for the info. I’ve been using Canvas theme from woothemes, it works great. I’ve looking into Keyword Winner, hope you could write a short tutorial about it. Thanks.. more power..

  15. Suraj says

    Nowadays starting blogs became very easy, lots of competition in hosting so we can get hosting at cheap prices, personally I recommend to go with JustHost for first year, because of 50 off with coupon.

  16. Tho Huynh says

    For me, it takes only 9.99 to start your self-hosted WordPress Blog
    Domain: Namecheap – 9.98$
    Hosting: 0.01$ for 1st month at HostGator (Or you can sign up Hostable account for FREE)
    Wordpress Theme: 0$ – Some beautiful themes out there like: Obscure, FreemiumTheme…
    Plugin: Instead of investing your money on Expensive Plugins, you can try other free ones with affordable prices

  17. Basant says

    It’s a good ‘practical’ guide for any one who wants to start a new or migrate to WP self hosted.

  18. Jasmine says

    It’s really not expensive to start a self hosted WordPress blog, in fact, it is so cheap eespecially when you use coupon codes to get instant discounts! Really, these days everyone can setup their own hosted blog!

  19. HackTik says

    Good post on cost breakup. It is always better for a newbie to start with the minimum possible cost and gradually expand as per the traffic growth and hence revenue.

  20. antodoms says

    hey harsh , if someone is looking for a cheap paid host then is the best one , as i have hosted my site there for just 20$ / year plan…… Hope this information help others , thanks… :)

  21. Adesoji Adegbulu says

    Harsh… This is well explanatory. It will help newbies budget ahead for a blog that would be of benefit to them.


  22. Sanjan Bikram says

    Currently same questions are arising in my mind finally u have wrote the article on it. Thank u very much Harsh.

  23. Nihar says

    I feel initially one can be away from Theme cost and think of investing on theme after the blogger get well averse of blogging platform.

  24. hamarasathi says

    Thanks Harsh For this Information, It will help newbies, When I was new blogger, and want to migrate from blogger to wordpress, I asked the same question on a site but did not find the right answer at that time, But your post will help new fellows.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment and I know what such information meant for newbie bloggers. I remember I was searching for same info when I was moving to WordPress.