What It Costs To Start (and run) A Blog

Blogging, blogging, blogging – this year, I want to share more tips and POV’s on blogging. Sure, it may look like pretty pictures and words on a screen – but there are countless hours that go in “behind the scenes“! I want to document my journey as a blogger in the hopes that it’ll inspire a few of you to start your own blogs.

So, today’s post is going to focus on what it costs to start a blog from scratch. This is for anyone who is thinking about starting a website, blog or any type of online presence!

While starting a blog can feel overwhelming, there are countless blog posts and YouTube videos that you can watch to get your dream website off of the ground.

For starters, there are a lot of platforms that you can use: WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, Wix… The list goes on and on!

I chose to use WordPress (.ORG) not (.COM) – there is a difference here.

If you want to use a theme and have more control over your site, choose .ORG. If you’re toying around with the idea of a blog, .COM may be a better choice for you because the process is seamless. I used .COM for almost a year until I installed a more professional theme that I purchased and had to get a .ORG.

I don’t wanna weigh you down with the details, so let’s get into the main point of this post: what exactly does it cost to start and run a blog?

Domain Hosting: $20–$30 a year
Domain Purchasing: $20+
Custom Themes: $60–$100 one time purchase (depending on the theme)
Website Platform (WordPress, Wix, Squarespace): $100 – $300 a year
Google G-Suite Email Hosting: $60

That’s it… Seriously.

There are obviously different tiers to these prices – if you’re still toying around with a blog, you may opt to not have a self hosted domain! Perhaps you’ll keep your website as “emilysblog.wordpress.org” until you test it out and see if blogging is your thing.

You can always play around with the pricing of each different blogging platform, and wait for them to have some sort of sale. I know that most platforms will usually discount packages by 10-20%.

There is also another service that I pay for – the Planoly app. It’s about $8.99 a month for one account and you’re able to play around with your content and adjust your feed / see how it’ll fit.

This has been a game changer for me in staying consistent with my Instagram. It helps me see how much content I have to post, as well as keeps things looking cohesive because I’m able to see posts way in advance before they ever hit the feed!

I hope that this post was helpful for anyone that’s looking to start a blog – don’t be intimidated by the cost. You can truly cater the costs to fit your budget. WordPress has packages that cost as little as $4 a month!

As always, I’m here to help! Don’t hesitate to shout with any questions that you may have.

All the best,


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