How Much It Costs to Start a Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

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How Much It Costs to Start a Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

Everyone knows that hosting your own blog is a costly affair and this question arises in everybody’s mind who just started with Blogging or plan to start with their own self hosted blog. How much it’s going to cost to create a self hosted WordPress blog. In this post, I will point out some of the cost which is involved in the process of set up a WordPress blog.

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

WordPress is one of those platform, where you can start at minimal cost. WordPress software is free and you can download it for free from page. Though, there are some requirements like a domain name, a hosting space which you have to pay for and after that it depends upon your requirement, how much you wish to spend on customization, SEO and other factors.

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

Domain: Cost: $10

This is the first thing which you will be shopping. Having a domain name is like a giving an address to your new website. You need to make sure that your domain name should be brandable and if not, at least keyword rich. One should prefer domains in order of .com, .org or .net.  Domain typically cost this much from different domain providers: (.Com domains price)

Note: before you buy domain name specifically, look at below hosting options. Bluehost hosting gives you one free domain name with every hosting package.

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

Webhosting Cost: 56-100$

WordPress Hosting

This is one major investment that you will be doing in the process of starting your own WordPress blog. I will never suggest to compromise with the quality of Hosting. You should try to get reliable and affordable Webhosting. For a new blog, shared hosting are recommended and here are some of the recommended WordPress hosting along with price for 1 year.

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

Technical Setup

There are many tutorials and resources available on Internet which will help you to set up WordPress blog. But if not, here are some of the tutorials which is written by me and you can use it to install WordPress and set up your blog:

You can easily follow our DIY guide above to get things done; in case if you are not so technical, you can take advantage of ShoutMeLoud WordPress services.  You can also refer to our WordPress guide page for more WordPress resources for a newbie.

WordPress Theme cost: (Free to $86)

From my experience, the toughest task is to get the theme of your choice and which is good in terms of speed, price and functionality. There are many free WordPress themes, but they miss out some of the important aspect of premium WordPress theme. If you are looking for low cost solution, I would suggest try Elegant themes or Theme-junkie. In case if you don’t want to compromise on SEO terms, try Genesis theme.

WordPress SEO: $0-$1000

This is something which you will be paying if you wish to start with a professional blog. Many WordPress services offer free SEO optimization while you set up blog for them. Though if you wish, you can always hire a 3rd party SEO company who can do off page SEO optimization for you,though price depends on your budget. For a newbie bloggers, I would suggest, just follow SEO guidelines for WordPress and start blogging. Make sure you don’t miss out any essential elements of on page SEO optimization.  The best idea would be self learning and try out.

Ultimate DIY guide to WordPress SEO (You can use this guide to learn everything about SEO of WordPress blog). You can take help of ShoutMeLoud WordPress setup service to enjoy a free SEO optimized WordPress blog.

WordPress Premium plugins: ( $47-$200)

One of the major benefit of WordPress is a great list of free plugins that you can find at WordPress plugin repo. But, there are many plugins which are available at some cost. Technically you might not need it as a newbie bloggers and with low investment. But if you don’t have any investment issue, you can always grab some of the premium plugins which will help you to boost your on page SEO optimization. Though both the plugins I suggest for serious bloggers and one who have already started making money with blogging, can consider buying premium plugins. I personally use, EasyWPSEO on my blog and I believe they are worth your investment. You can find a list of other plugins which I use at ShoutMeLoud here.

Now let me figure out minimum cost for a self hosted WordPress blog where you will be doing everything of your own:

  • Basic Set up with Free Theme:  $70
  • Basic set up with Premium Theme:  $110
  • Professional set up with Genesis theme: $399
  • Professional set up with premium stuffs: $499-$1499

As a newbie blogger, one can always look at the basic set up with a premium WordPress theme. Do you have any other question regarding setting up WordPress blog and it’s cost? Do let us know.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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


  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. beverly says

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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..

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Basant says

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

  16. Jasmine says

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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… :)

  19. Adesoji Adegbulu says

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


  20. Sanjan Bikram says

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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