Planning to build a be the perfect tool, easy for novices to use, yet with more than enough power for the most complex business sites. But does it fit your budget? How much does it really cost to build a WordPress website? The core software is free, amazingly, but you’ll need a lot more to create a working website. A domain name like so visitors can find it; hosting, to store your files; a website design, security tools, backups, marketing tools and perhaps more.

In this article we’ll break down the various issues to consider for different types of sites and users. We’ll talk about when it’s safe to use free solutions, but also explain when you really need to pay, and the costs you need to think about for each of your website requirements.