A lot our articles are written in response to emails and questions we receive from friends and clients. This is one of those articles.
[My site is] hosted on WordPress.com, which I’m sure you know doesn’t allow for any advertising or affiliate links so I’m only allowed to use their WordAds advertising option. I’ve always been curious what a monthly cost would be to self host in order for me to open it up to possible ad options but I never knew who to ask.
Can you give me an idea on what a monthly cost is to host (or anything related to the cost of keeping the blog), as well as the cost of any sort of transfer/upgrade?
Tara, Spot of Tea Designs
We use and recommend DreamHost for domain registration and hosting. Currently we’re on one of their shared servers and have been very happy with their product and service. If you’re going for a more ‘hard core’ hosting service, they recently rolled-out DreamPress, hosting specifically for WordPress sites. Personally, we haven’t felt a need to switch, but may in the future so we can report on the quality of / difference in the service.
So, you’re looking at $8.95/mo for shared hosting and $11.95/yr for a .com domain, or $119.35/yr. That said, they frequently run promotions which will save you a pretty penny.
Already have a domain name? If you transfer your domain name to DreamHost, you won’t loose the time you already paid for. For example, if your domain is paid up until July with your current registrar and you transfer to DreamHost, your registration with them starts in July. When we switched hosts / registrars I remember being concerned about that as we had a number of domains. Along those lines, another benefit to DreamHost is that you can have as many domains as you’d like on one shared hosting account.
If, for whatever reason, you’d like to use a different company, we would suggest Bluehost. A lot of our friends and colleagues speak highly of their service.
The cost of transfer depends upon how involved you’d like to be, as there are a few different routes…
- FREE / Transfer Your Own Site
- $129 / WordPress Guided Transfer
- We can transfer your blog for you. Here again, the cost depends upon how involved you’d like to be and how much you’d like us to do.
P.S. These links are not affiliate links – we just really like DreamHost a lot!
P.P.S. Did you know there’s a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?