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How Much Will My Website Cost to Maintain?

What will my website cost after the first year?

I get asked this question a lot.

A quick Google search and you’ll find thousands of articles on the annual cost of maintaining a website.  These articles go into the nth level of detail because truthfully, your website cost depends on what type of website you have and what providers you have chosen.

For the sake of this discussion, let’s say you’re a small business owner with limited funds. 

Hopefully you followed the advice in one of my previous posts and purchased your domain name and Basic WordPress hosting from GoDaddy for the low cost of $12 –GoDaddy’s “first year” pricing.  When you’ve hit the one-year mark, you’ll need to renew.

Ongoing costs to maintain your GoDaddy WordPress website are as follows:

Annual Website Cost
Domain  Name Renewal $14.99/yr
E-mail Forwarding $2.95/yr
WHOIS Privacy Protection $7.99/yr
Basic WordPress Hosting @ $7.99/mo $95.88/yr
Total $121.81








So, there it is.  It costs less than $125 to keep your website running.

This website cost doesn’t include any development, design or additional software costs –it’s truly the bare minimum.

Let’s take a closer look at what you’re getting:

Domain  Name Renewal You’re keeping your domain name.  This means that your Internet Website address won’t change.  Your customers can continue to find you at “”.
E-mail Forwarding Retain the ability to send and receive professional email that matches your domain without the monthly fees some providers charge.  More on that here.
WHOIS Privacy Protection Don’t risk exposing your name, address, email and phone number to spammers and hackers.  Use WHOIS Privacy Protection to protect your identity.
Basic WordPress Hosting GoDaddy will continue to handle the hosting setup and management so you can focus on running your business.

Are there any other costs?

There are a few add-ons/upgrades that, if required, will increase your annual website costs:

  • SSL Certificate (from $69.99/yr)
    If you have something that needs to be secure online you’ll want to operate it under the safety of an SSL Certificate. Protect password logins, secure webforms and securely take payments with a SSL Certificate.
  • WordPress Plugins (varies, from $5 each)
    Some paid plugins, used to extend the functionality of your website, require you to purchase a monthly or annual license.
  • Upgraded Hosting (from $9.99/yr)
    If you find that you need additional space, bandwidth, or features for your website, you can pay a bit more and upgrade your hosting account with GoDaddy.

Is it Worth it?

I’ve come across several small business owners who don’t have websites.  Most cite cost as barrier.  I believe that you cannot afford to not be online.   With minimal investment and a bit of time, you can build an online presence that will expand your reach and grow your customer base.

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