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Cost of Running My WordPress Websites

Self-hosting a WordPress website is often a trade-off between cost and website speed. When you have a commercial website built with WordPress, shared hosting or cheap hosting providers are often not a good option as you would want to have optimal performance while serving web pages to your visitors.

So what do you do? If you are not keen in taking things in your own hands, you can opt for a managed hosting provider. However if you are like me and love to tinker around with linux servers and WordPress then managing your own WordPress setup on a VPS is the best option.

After shifting my WordPress website to countless hosting providers as well as VPS providers, I have currently settled with the VPS hosting offered by Vultr. They offer high performing SSD servers at a very nominal rate. You can go for other names such as Digital Ocean or Linode as well.

Apart from hosting costs, there are few other costs involved in running a WordPress website. In this post, I will list down all such costs incurred for each of my WordPress website. Thanks to a lot of free services and offerings, I have been able to trim down the running cost to a bare minumum as can be seen below:

Annual Cost of Running my Websites in 2017


Super Dev Resources - https://superdevresources.com

Item Cost Details
Domain $9 Registered using Namecheap
Hosting $72 SSD VPS hosting by Vultr (1024 MB Server with Backups) - $6/month
CDN $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
SSL $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
Backup $24.75 Offsite backups on Dropbox (shared with other sites)
Theme 0 Custom built by myself
Newsletter $49 Mailster Newsletter Plugin (One time Cost)
E-mail delivery $0 Delivered via Sendgrid (Currently under Free Quota)

Annual Page Views: 800,000+
Cost: $154.75/year | $12.9/month


TemplateFlip - https://templateflip.com

Item Cost Details
Domain $9 Registered using Namecheap
Hosting $72 SSD VPS hosting by Vultr (1024 MB Server with Backups) - $6/month
CDN $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
SSL $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
Backup $24.75 Offsite backups on Dropbox (shared with other sites)
Theme 0 Custom built by myself
Newsletter $0 Not yet setup
E-mail delivery $0 Delivered via Sendgrid (Currently under Free Quota)

Annual Page Views: 700,000+
Cost: $105.75/year | $8.8/month


GraphicFlip - https://graphicflip.com

Item Cost Details
Domain $9 Registered using Namecheap
Hosting $36 SSD VPS hosting by Vultr (512 MB Server with Backups) - $3/month
CDN $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
SSL $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
Backup $24.75 Offsite backups on Dropbox (shared with other sites)
Theme 0 Custom built by myself
Newsletter $0 Handled via MailChimp (Currently under Free Quota)
E-mail delivery $0 Delivered via Sendgrid (Currently under Free Quota)

Annual Page Views: 100,000+
Cost: $69.75/year | $5.8/month


85apps - https://85apps.com

Item Cost Details
Domain $9 Registered using Namecheap
Hosting $36 SSD VPS hosting by Vultr (512 MB Server with Backups) - $3/month
CDN $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
SSL $0 Provided for Free by Cloudflare
Backup $24.75 Offsite backups on Dropbox (shared with other sites)
Theme 0 Custom built by myself
Newsletter $0 Not yet setup
E-mail delivery $0 Delivered via Sendgrid (Currently under Free Quota)

Annual Page Views: New Website
Cost: $69.75/year | $5.8/month

I have a set of must have WordPress plugins that I make sure to install on every WordPress website. On SDR, I wrote about these plugins as well as about essential steps before launching WordPress websites.

There are certain other costs involved in running these websites such as Facebook Advertising cost, Freelance Writer Fees, Office Rent, Internet charges etc., however I have not included them here as those are operation and marketing costs. Most of the other sites that I manage, such as my personal website and my projects' websites, are static sites hosted on either GitHub Pages or Netlify for free. You can read about my move to static sites and different free hosting options for static sites.

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