Most of our work is helping others select, setup and troubleshoot their hosting for running self-hosted wordpress site on providers like Cloudways and countless others. But WordPress also provide hosting too.
But for those starting out on very limited budgets, WordPress.com have long provided a self-service platform to quickly setup your own blog or simple business website for no cost under the wordpress.com domain. For those needing a custom domain name, (not ending with wordpress.com), their blogger plan starts from just $5/month. The premium $10/mth upgrade gives you loads more design options and hundreds of good themes to chose from.
But the most interesting for me, is their new Business and eCommerce plans, being a viable alternative to traditional hosting on third parties. It starts from just NZ$34/mth. This is a good option for startups and small business owners who want total control. Why? It allows the installation of most themes and most plugins! In the past, you could only add plugins on self-hosted wordpress installs. No more. Web designers-developers may not like it, who often make good money on managing client hosting and various services, but I think it a superb option, especially for startups with limited funds.
The quick setup, speed and reliability easily exceeds that of similarly priced hosting I’ve used over the last 15 years. As a package, it’s really great value since it covers hosting, huge storage, backups, has full hacker protection, akismet spam protection, plus a library of hundreds of premium themes and access to thousands of plugins to add countless features most wordpress users/designers are familiar with. https://wordpress.com/pricing/
What else do you need aside from WordPress hosting?
Three other items startups also need:
- Business branding, logos etc
- Business email – Google gSuite
- Traffic – Optimise for SEO
I’ve helped many new clients fine tune their WordPress business plans, assisting with branding, optimising for SEO, business email under your domain name, analytics and a full search ranking review using Google toolsets. A WordPress.com + our own SEO + Google package is the ideal for startups and small businesses. Call us for a quote.