The Real Cost to Start a Blog

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How much does it cost to start a blog? Not as much as you might think! Depending on what you’re looking to accomplish and what type of blog you want to start, it could end up being totally free! As we’ve mentioned time and time again, we’re big fans of self-hosted WordPress blogs, and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

One of the most fun parts in taking the first step into the blogosphere is choosing a name. Once you’ve found something that makes sense for you and your blog, you’ll want to buy that domain name and any that might be closely related to it, just to be safe. If you’re choosing a really popular word or phrase for your domain name, you’ll absolutely pay a higher price, but for the most part domains can be as inexpensive at $10-$12 dollars. Several web hosts and domain registrars hold regular sales too, so keep an eye out for those!

After you’ve secured your domain name, you’ll need to pay for hosting. Some blogging platforms provide free hosting, but with that you may not be able to use a unique domain name, and you’ll likely lose some functionality. With a self-hosted WordPress blog, you’ll need to pay a month fee for hosting, which can range from anywhere between $5-$10 per month.

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The two most costly investments you’ll make when starting your blog are purchasing your theme (anywhere from $45 and up), and hiring a developer. We’ve found that most themes are pretty easy to install on your own, and the majority of them come with enough support that you likely won’t need to hire a developer. However, when it comes to any customization that you aren’t sure of, you’ll want to hire a developer. These prices vary, but if you can be specific in what you want and are able to make the job as easy as possible for them (for example, by providing graphics, content and all other necessary assets), you should be able to find a fair price.

Once all of the above costs are covered, maintenance of your blog won’t cost much unless you want to make major changes. And hopefully, with some time and elbow grease, your blog will start paying you!