Careful with the title of this entry. As you know, WordPress is free and free . That is, anyone can download it and start using it. And even if you don’t mind showing an ad, WordPress.com offers you a free 3GB web hosting plan.
Does this mean that you can have a great website for a free price? Not quite. The “do not tease you!” Of the title goes by other courses that I explain below.
Here we will see what you need to build a website and how you can estimate the actual cost of the website you want to create. And, yes, we give you concrete figures.
What do I need to create a WordPress website?
Let’s start with what it means to create a web in WordPress. More than once in this blog we have talked about different aspects related to what it means to create a website and you even have a checklist to create a website in WordPress .
Basically, we can group the different aspects that may involve a cost to create your website in the following list:
• Search and purchase of domain name,
• Search and purchase of hosting,
• Configuration (names of servers, upload WordPress to your server, creation of BD, …),
• Design and creation of pages,
• Search, installation and configuration of plugins (for backups, SEO, forms, multi-language, etc.).
And I’m skipping content creation on the blog, setting up with Google Analytics or adding other plugins such as Nelio Content or Nelio A / B Testing that will help you in content promotion and conversion optimization.
Knowing that there are a lot of free themes and plugins with which you can get to build your own website, it is very easy to fall into the false belief that in the budget of creating a website you only have to count the cost of hosting and domain and it is already . This generates a lot of confusion in the market, thinking that if someone tells you that the construction of your website has cost more than € 30,000, they will surely have taken your hair. And it is not so, necessarily.
So, how do we estimate the real cost of building our website?
Estimation of the real cost of creating a website
Depending on your needs, the actual cost of creating a website can be very variable. Starting with a range of 4000rs – 5000rs, or more.
Why is it so variable? It simply depends entirely on the type of website you want to build. With examples from different budgets, you will see more easily where your project fits and so you can make a real estimate of the actual cost of it.
1. Free WordPress Web
Is it possible to build a free WordPress website? Understanding that you have a computer and internet connection, and not counting the hours of your time that you need to devote to the construction of it, yes, it is possible.
What kind of website can I build if my budget is zero? You can start building your WordPress website for free by signing up for the free WordPress.com plan .
eye! Do not confuse WordPress.com with WordPress.org . WordPress.com is the website of the Automattic company whose founder, Matt Mullenweg is one of the initial creators of WordPress. This company offers a free plan with which you can create a website with up to 3GB of content.
The domain name will be of type domain.wordpress.com. In addition you will get WordPress ads on your website. In this case also keep in mind that your customization options are very limited: you do not have the option to add plugins, or insert your own ads and if you want to add features, the amount is not negligible.
Building a free website may be useful to understand a little how WordPress works but in general I do not recommend it. For very little money you can have control of your website as you want and not be at the mercy of WordPress.com.
2. Web for less than 1000rs
In this case, we continue on the basis that it is going to be you who will spend the necessary time to build the web.
There are many web hosting companies that in turn include the domain purchase service. And, indeed, as we have said before, you can get very cheap services with which, surely, if you just want to start a very simple website, you have more than enough. In addition, more and more hosting companies offer plans for WordPress, such as SiteGround or WebEmpresa , among others, so that the configuration is easy and with little technical knowledge, you can manage it.
In this case, by having a WordPress installation in your own hosting, you can customize everything without problems. For example, select a good number of free themes that you can download from the WordPress.org themes directory and install on your website .
From here, if the theme you have selected in WordPress does not include all the functionalities you need, calm down. You have more than 55,000 free plugins with which to increase the functionality of your website.
You will surely need some SEO plugin and another to create a contact form . And we recommend that you also install Nelio Content if you want to promote all your content efficiently .
And with all this, you only have to dedicate the time you need to design and create content on your website. For this price, we would be talking about a simple personal website without special complexity.
3. Website between 2000rs and 3000rs
I continue on the basis that it is going to be you who will spend the necessary time to build the web.
What if you expect that you will have much more content on your website or that you will receive more than 10,000 visits per month. Or it is the website of a company where you will want to add additional features that you do not find in free plugins or that you want to be multi-language …
Let’s start with the hosting service. In the case of SiteGround, you have the plans of GrowBig of up to 20GB or the GoGeek of up to 30GB with which you have an excellent support service, very important if you do not have an expert technical profile. Here, depending on the plan, it is already easier to have prices between 150-250 per month.
Below you have many premium themes. For example, you’ll find a lot on ElegantThemes or ThemeForest. For a price of between € 30-80 per year, you have fantastic themes at your disposal with which you can create very modern websites.
And as for plugins, if you look at the list of some of the plugins that we have installed , you will surely have to add an additional € 100-200. But is that if you have multi-language or want to make sure that you use a contact form that integrates well with your mail service, or want to efficiently promote your websites, etc., have a support service that will solve any problem That may arise is important. And yes, in these cases you prefer to pay to sleep more peacefully.
4. Web between 3000 and 4000
If what you need is to create an online store, which increases the volume of products or visits, the hosting price will increase. But not only that, if you choose WooCommerce, although this is free you will need to add extensions to integrate it with some payment methods and other features that can go up the budget.
With an e-Commerce you will probably also want to add other plugins, such as creating a product image gallery or a mailing list service, etc.
5. Web over 5000
Can a website cost us more than 4000? As simple as considering any of the two options above and entrust it to someone to perform the custom design and development.
The simplest custom design and creation of a simple custom WordPress website with not much more than 3 pages easily starts with the design budget from 1500.
If it is an e-commerce, the basic design prices already start around 3500.
But if you also want a personalized design (intranets, directories, online academies, marketplaces, web with your own social network), do not expect a design for less than 6000.
You must keep in mind that the websites must be maintained. The plugins you have installed are evolving and their updates can break something else. In addition, new plugins emerge with new features that can improve the operation of your website. By the way, have you already adapted your website to Gutenberg?
My recommendation is that you spend some time being up to date with news from WordPress (you can subscribe to our newsletter or attend meetups and WordCamps held in your city).
In addition, time passes faster than you think and surely you find that the design of your website is already outdated and has reached its expiration date. So I start over with the whole process of redesigning it. To give you an example, we have made four re-designs of the theme of our website in the last five years for various reasons. The last change, to adapt the web to the block editor .
And finally, just tell you that once the web is finished, what gives more work is to always keep it active generating new content continuously.