Why WordPress? What Does a WordPress Website Cost?

Why WordPress?

When deciding whether to use WordPress or not, I often get asked about “Can WordPress do this? Or do that?” The answer is mostly YES. WordPress is known as the most popular website builder in the world. Because it powers over 33% of the all websites on the internet. Now, let me list down different types of websites that WordPress can do:

  • Blog or Personal Website
  • Business Website
  • eCommerce
  • Job Board
  • Business Directory
  • Question and Answer Website
  • NonProfits and Religious Websites
  • Portfolio Websites
  • Online Communities
  • Coupon Websites
  • Auction Websites
  • School or University Websites
  • Podcasting Websites

Who Uses WordPress?

Some of the most notable Big Name Brands that are using WordPress on their websites:

  1. The New Yorker
  2. BBC America
  3. Sonic Music
  4. MTV News
  5. Beyonce
  6. The Walt Disney Company
  7. Time Inc
  8. Mercedes-Benz
  9. Katy Perry
  10. The Walking Dead – AMC

What Does A WordPress Website Cost?

If you are thinking about having a WordPress website built for your business or your personal online presence, first thing would come to mind is how much would it cost you? However, pricing can vary drastically from method to method making it harder to pin down a price that you might think.

In general, WordPress websites having a varying range of pricing from hundreds of dollars for simple DIY websites and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for major websites. But most of the price comes from the cost of additional plugins, services, and costs. On top of that, you will be charged a monthly hosting and annual domain maintenance which are standard among most websites costs.

Let’s go over some important details that you should know about building your dream websites:

Domain Names: 

The first thing you need to do is to think about a unique domain name. Your domain name is your website name. Therefore, owning a domain name gives you more control and also ensures that no one can take your identity or brand away from you.

Pricing: AU$25 – 100/per year.

Note: These are average prices, but if you are buying a rare domain name there is a bigger chance it could cost you thousands. In addition, established domains will always cost you extra.

Hosting: 

Like having a domain name, it is the next thing you would need to do to have your website setup. Hosting is another place where pricing is never the same. Furthermore, some will charge you as low as $25 a year but some can cost over $150/month. However, the price usually depends on the amount of bandwidth or space that you need for the website itself. Now, if you have a small website that requires a fair amount of space, then it is likely that you can start out very cheap. But if you have bigger websites such as ecommerce or online stores, then you probably need a better hosting package. Hence, it would cost a little bit extra.

Pricing: AU$25/year – 150/month

Plugins: 

Another item that someone can spend a decent amount of money. Most of the time, plugins are cheap. However, some offers lifetime licenses but some are nothing short of expensive. In addition, Plugins for ecommerce or livechat or membership can easily cost into the thousands of expanded functions.

Pricing: Mostly cheap but sometimes expensive

Ecommerce: 

Apparently, it is probably one of the most popular areas when someone wants to build a website. However, it can also be the most expensive. The reason behind it, ecommerce generally requires a large amount of time to setup which will cost you for the total price. Consider each product being sold has its own page – setting up images, pricing, SKU’s and required descriptions. Because of this, consider that if you will add ecommerce to your website, then expect to pay much more money.

Pricing: AU$500-10,000+  more added to any project.

SSL: 

It stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is like a fancy way of saving your information that is transmitted to the website. Most of the time, SSL are fully secured and protected – which also means less chance of a hacker stealing it.

Pricing: FREE to AU$1000+ depending on the level of security you require

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