In a way, asking “what web hosting cost per month?” is the equivalent of asking, “how much does a car cost?”
Prices depend on the person’s needs and preferences. The model, features, and stylistic choices will reflect into the final price…
It’s the same with websites. If you opt for premium services, you may end up paying thousands of dollars per month. But if you go the DIY route with free software, the total price you pay may come down to as little as $5 to $16 per month!
So Much does a Barebones Website Cost Per Month?
If you build the website yourself without using premium themes, plugins, and services, you can build one for less than $5 per month, even if you don’t know heads nor tails of coding.
And that’s the main take away from this blog – building a website in this day and age is more affordable than you think!
You’ll Have to Pay for These Services
When it comes to the actual price structure of creating a website, you can break the cost down into 2 main things:
1. Infrastructure: The hardware and software that powers your website. It includes domain name, hosting, software, security, etc.
2. Design: The user interface that visitors interact with, it includes things such as website theme, design, and functionality.
Beyond these costs, you also have to consider whether you’re paying someone to build the website for you or if you choose to go the DIY route.
Price Breakdown for a Website
There are three main infrastructure costs in the backend that you’ll need to pay to build your website:
- Domain name registration
- Content management system for the website
1. Domain Name – $10 per year
The domain is your website’s location on the internet. The domain name can be purchased from a domain registrar such as GoDaddy.
Alternatively, you can also get domain names as part of a package from several hosting companies like Bluehost. Often, these hosting companies give away free domain names for the first year, as long as you purchase their hosting services.
After the first free year, you’ll have to pay about $10 per year to maintain ownership.
2. Content Management System
Because of the use of drag and drop builders like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, it is quite rare for websites to be built from the ground up. Instead, you will modify an existing ‘theme’ or software until it looks exactly how you envisioned. This is done with the help of a content management system such as WordPress.
The vast majority of websites on the internet, to the tune of 35%, are powered by WordPress. WordPress is extremely flexible and free. If you plan on using WordPress, you won’t have to pay anything at all. It is worth noting that some plugins and themes cost money, and if you decide to use them, you’ll have to pay.
You can also use website builders like Squarespace (at $16 per month) and Wix (starting at $16 per month).
3. Hosting – $4 per month or more if you opt for more resources
You can either host a website on your own server (not recommended at all!) or you can pay for hosting. Hosting is the equivalent of renting computing power to support your website and make it accessible to voters from around the world.
If you choose website builders like Wix and Squarespace, these services come with hosting in their prices, so you won’t have to pay anything besides the $16 per month. This is a sweet deal!
If you decide to go the WordPress route, you can use Bluehost that costs just $3.95 per month for the first year (plus one free domain name if you pay for the full year).
Do keep in mind that you’ll have to pay more for greater resources if you want to handle an increase in traffic – but that’s always a good problem to have.
Summary – Monthly Costs for Website Hosting
The monthly cost of hosting a website ranges from $5 to $16. This doesn’t include the actual design of your website. Most premium themes cost $60 or more. Plugins, although most are free, also cost quite a bit if you go for the premium features.
For the most part though, if you’re building a basic website, you can get away with free solutions that should leave a good impression on clients.