Why Are Websites Created with WordPress So Expensive? | SCRIBACEOUS.COM

WordPress is a widely popular and versatile platform for building websites, from personal blogs to complex e-commerce sites. It offers a plethora of themes and plugins that make web development seem like a breeze. But, if you’ve ever explored the world of web development, you might have noticed that websites created with WordPress can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. So, why are websites created with WordPress so expensive?

When my clients are upset about the cost of their new or existing website, I get upset. I don’t like to send big invoices, but I also deserve to get paid for my time and expertise. The motivation to write this article is to help clients understand some of the main reasons that websites created with WordPress can be expensive and provide ideas for reducing costs.


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Why is WordPress SO Expensive? Here are 10 Reasons Why

Of course, the cost of WordPress websites varies greatly depending on individual needs and project complexity. Let’s look at the various factors that contribute to the cost of a WordPress website.

1. High Levels of Customization

One of the primary reasons behind the expense of WordPress websites is the desire for high levels of customization.

Clients often want their websites to stand out and align perfectly with their brand and/or for a specific functionality to work exactly how they want. What they don’t often understand is that this level of customization demands significant time and expertise, as developers need to code, design, and test each feature to ensure it works seamlessly.

Whether it’s a unique design, complex functionality, or a tailored user experience, customization can add substantial costs.

2. Quality Design

Aesthetics matter and, in most cases, creating a very visually appealing website is crucial for attracting and retaining visitors.

Skilled web designers invest time and effort in crafting a compelling and responsive design that not only looks great, but also enhances the user experience.

These design professionals come at a cost, contributing to the overall expense of a WordPress website.

3. Functionality & Plugins

WordPress offers a vast library of plugins to extend a website’s functionality. However, integrating and configuring plugins is not always straightforward. Developers need to choose the right plugins, customize them to fit the project’s needs, and ensure they work cohesively.

Oftentimes, a client will want to change what they think is a small aspect of a plugin. What they don’t realize is the amount of expertise and work that is required to do so.

Building and configuring these functionalities require technical expertise. Hiring a highly experienced developer adds to the expense, but is necessary to ensure seamless functionality.

4. E-commerce Integration

For businesses looking to sell products or services online, e-commerce functionality is crucial.

Setting up a secure and efficient e-commerce system is a complex task, and developers often need to customize it to meet specific business requirements. This includes payment gateways, inventory management, and security measures, all of which increase the project cost.

5. Content Development & Management

Content is the heart of any website. Crafting engaging, informative, and SEO-friendly content is a specialized skill.

Content development can include creating compelling copy, sourcing or creating images and videos, and optimizing content for search engines. Content management is required to ensure that there is a solid strategy to new content and that all posts are organized in a way that visitors can access them.

All these aspects require professionals, contributing to the overall cost.

6. Responsive Design

In this mobile-centric era, responsive design is non-negotiable.

Websites need to look and function flawlessly on various devices and screen sizes. Achieving this level of responsiveness involves extensive coding and testing, leading to higher costs.

7. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

To ensure your website gets found in the vast online landscape, SEO is vital.

WordPress websites require optimization for search engines, which may involve keyword research, on-page SEO, and content optimization. SEO experts are essential for this, increasing project costs.

8. Security Measures

Cybersecurity is of utmost importance to protect your website and user data.

Implementing security features, regular updates, and monitoring require ongoing expenses to maintain the safety of the site.

9. Hosting & Domain Costs

While WordPress itself is a free platform, hosting and domain registration are not. The price of hosting and the domain name can vary widely depending on the provider and the specific requirements of your website.

10. Ongoing Maintenance


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Websites are not a one-and-done project. They require ongoing maintenance, including regular updates, security checks, and fixes for any issues that arise. These maintenance costs can add up over time.

If you’re considering a website, it’s important to understand why they are so expensive so you don’t make a mistake in choosing a designer or webmaster. Remember that you’re not just paying for a site; you’re paying for the expertise and responsiveness of your website developer and investing in your online presence, which can have a significant impact on your business or personal brand.

The investment in a solid website developer and well-designed and functional website can pay off through increased traffic, engagement, and conversions.

7 Ways to Reduce Costs of Your WordPress Website

Building a WordPress website doesn’t have to break the bank. While customization and quality are essential, there are several ways website owners can optimize their expenses without compromising on the final product.

While it’s never a good idea to go with a less experienced, hence cheaper, website developer, I do have seven strategies to help reduce the costs associated with creating a WordPress website:

1. Keep It Simple

Keeping it simple (by reducing customization) is a practical way to lower the costs of building a WordPress website. Things like searchable directories, event registration, site membership, etc., may seem like simple requests, but they can often be a Pandora’s Box for development costs.

While a highly customized website might seem appealing, it often requires more development time, specialized design work, and more complicated future maintenance, which all contribute to higher expenses.

2. Keep Design Request Changes to a Minimum

All of my WordPress website projects begin with an Avada demo site, which significantly reduces design time. If the client doesn’t request design changes, they won’t incur additional charges, thus keeping costs down.

3. Think Hard About E-Commerce

Only add e-commerce to your website if you truly believe you will generate enough sales to pay for the added cost of setting it up.

4. Learn Basic WordPress Skills

Learning the basics of WordPress can help you manage updates, content, and minor modifications yourself, reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

5. DIY Content Creation & Management

By learning how to create your own content strategy and publish and optimize your blogs, you can save costs associated with hiring a professional.

6. Limit Ongoing Costs

Some features might be nice to have on your website but can add ongoing costs. Be strategic about the features you add after the initial build.

7. Consider a Progressive Web App

The IHUBApp progressive web app offers a cost-effective alternative to a traditional WordPress website due to several key advantages.

Firstly, the IHUBApp’s build process is streamlined and efficient, significantly reducing development costs.

Second, it comes with a wide array of built-in functionalities, including event registration, membership management, and content delivery systems. With WordPress, integrating these features often involves purchasing and configuring multiple plugins, leading to higher expenses.

Third, the IHUBApp’s intuitive interface makes content creation straightforward, eliminating the need for a third-party content creator.

Lastly, the IHUBApp license includes hosting and maintenance, sparing you the ongoing expenses and technical expertise required for WordPress website upkeep.

All these factors combined make the IHUBApp a more budget-friendly and accessible option for businesses and organizations looking to establish a strong online presence.

Contact me for a no obligation chat about the IHUBApp.

By implementing these strategies, website owners can keep costs in check without compromising the quality and functionality of their WordPress website. With careful planning and judicious use of resources, you can have a website that meets your needs without straining your budget.

About the author : Janet Doré

Janet Doré is the founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of Scribaceous, Inc., a boutique design company specializing in branding & graphic design, IHubApp PWAs, WordPress websites, and optimized blog content. She is also the proud creator of the Hub Mama program where she trains and mentors those looking to grow their own freelance Hubmaster business.