Your website hosting cost can range from under a hundred dollars per year to over a hundred dollars per month, depending on your needs.
Some types of hosting plans cost more, certain types of domains are priced higher, and more. Understanding all the costs involved in hosting a site is critical if you want to be able to budget well.
If you just want to set up the simplest website possible, all you need is hosting and a domain. From there, every charge is optional. This means if you’re on a budget, you can start small and increase your hosting expenditure over time.
In this article, we’ll break down the overall website hosting cost. We’ll talk about the obvious costs, the hidden costs, and the optional charges. We have a lot of information to go over, so let’s get to it!
What ‘hosting’ is (and why it costs money)
Every website you visit is a collection of files on a remote computer. The computers we use to host websites are called servers. When you pay for hosting, you’re paying for a slice of a server’s space.
As you might imagine, different and more powerful types of servers (that can handle more traffic) command higher prices. Of course, these are represented as hosting tiers. Here’s a quick guide of the most popular hosting types and what makes them different:
- Shared hosting: With this type of plan, your website shares a server and its resources with other users.
- Virtual private server (VPS): Using a VPS, you get dedicated resources and an environment all to yourself – although a physical server can host multiple VPSs.
- WordPress hosting: This type of plan is customized for WordPress users, and you sometimes get access to perks such as free themes and plugins.
- eCommerce hosting: With eCommerce hosting, you get plans built for online stores. In many cases, you’ll get help setting up WooCommerce or whichever eCommerce system you use.
- Dedicated server: With this type of plan, you pay for an entire server to yourself, which usually makes it the most expensive option.
Ultimately, if you want to launch a website, you’ll need to pay for hosting.
However, you’ll also notice a lot of free hosting providers available. By and large though, the free hosting isn’t going to offer the quality of service you’d want or need for most sites.
For example, bandwidth is usually low, and performance can be sketchy. In may cases, you won’t even be able to use your own domain with free hosting.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to find shared and WordPress hosting plans to suit your budget. Here’s a quick price comparison from three of the most popular web hosts around, to give you an idea:
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This article was written by John Hughes and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.