How Much It Cost To Start A WordPress Blog [ In 2016 ]

Blogging becomes the next big thing on the web. Many of the newbies who think about creating a blog, often wonders about the initial investment and the cost to start a WordPress blog online. Of course, for a newbie who is going to experiment a new thing, cost matters a lot.

So being straightforward, I am going to discuss about the overall investment cost to start a WordPress blog.


1. Domain Name ($10 – $17)

The first thing you need to create your blog is – buy a domain name. A domain name acts as a address for your blog by using which people can find your site on the internet. So you can see, how important is a domain name for a blog is.

So make sure you select a right domain for your blog. Here are some guide-posts which will definitely help you in this step :

There are many web-hosts which provides free domain name with their web-hosting package. Though it is better to buy your own domain name (as this will save you from various hassles later,  when you change the web-host ).

You can shop for domain name on some of the well recognized and reputed domain registrars  listed below.

  • GoDaddy
  • Bigrock
  • Namecheap

2. Web-Hosting Service ($55 – $200 Up)

The second most thing you need after buying a domain name for your blog is – shop for a web-hosting service. A web-host is a company which provides the space for your blog on the internet to store the data and content related to your blog.

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After going through the posts above, I am pretty sure that you will get educate enough to buy a right web-hosting for you.

If you are looking for my recommendation I will recommend Hostgator as we are also using Hostgator on this blog. Well, you can choose the following web-host whichever suits your needs and budget.



3. Set-Up Cost ($0 – $100+)

WordPress has a great community and you can find thousands of tutorials, guides & posts on the internet about every query and problem you will face during the set-up.

But let me tell you that WordPress installation is fairly easy and anyone with a little technical knowledge can install WordPress easily. Most of the we-hosting companies provides auto-script installer such as – Quickinstaller, Fantastico & Softaculous etc. which makes WordPress installation as easy as – One Click !

However, if you don’t want to go through the hassle  or if you don’t have enough time to go  through the whole process yourself you can hire a professional for this stuff.

4. WordPress Themes ($0 – $100+)

WordPress is a very flexible CMS which offers you full freedom about the themes and plugins. You can install unlimited themes with no restrictions on your blog according to your choice.

There are thousands of free themes available on the Official WordPress Theme Repo and other third-party sites.

However, if you want more professional and unique appearance you can opt for premium WordPress themes which will cost you from as low as $20 to as high as $100plus.

5.WordPress Plugins ($0 – $80+)

The best thing about WordPress is that you can use plugins to expand its functionality and features. Similarly, like the free themes, you can install thousands of free plugins from

However, for more advanced features and support, there are various premiums plugins offered by third-party sites which will cost from few dollars to as high as $100 and more.

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6. Search Engine Optimization – SEO ($0 – $500+)

SEO is the process of optimizing your blog for search engines like Google, Bing & Yahoo ! SEO plays an important in online business. If you are going to start a professional or business oriented website, you can hire a third-party SEO company which can do all the SEO-stuff for your site.

However, as a newbie blogger you don’t need to hire a 3-party service. You can always go through the basic SEO guidelines and take the help of WordPress SEO Plugins to improve your rank in the search engine’s searches.

Cost To Start A WordPress Blog:

Type Of WordPress Set-Up

  Elements & Features


1.   Basic Set-Up (level 1) Free Theme + Free Plugins              $65
2.   Basic Set-Up (level 2) Premium Theme              $100+
3.   Professional Set-Up (level 1) Premium Theme + Premium Plugins


4.   Professional Set-Up (level 2) Premium Theme + Premium Plugins + SEO Services             $500+


These are the various set-up prices or cost to start a WordPress blog. Hope that I made you pretty clear about the various costs associated with blogging.

As a newbie blogger I recommend you to go through the basic set-up and add the premium services later, when you start making money from your blog.

If you have still some confusion about the about the above topic, do let me know in the comment section below. I will glad to help you further !

Article written by:

Pankaj is a passionate blogger and an engineer. He writes about WordPress, SEO and blogging-stuff.He is a coffee lover and bogging addict who spend most of his time in reading, writing and surfing around the World Wide Web.

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