Twenty-Five Dollars. $25. That’s all I pay for my managed WordPress hosting with my vendor (and client) Pressable. Yet, most people think $25 is expensive. Is it?
Let’s look at other managed WordPress hosting costs (as they describe their monthly pricing):
- A2 is $12.97 for one site.
- Pressable is $25 for 1-5 sites.
- Kinsta starts at $30.
- WP Engine is $35 for one site.
- Liquid Web is $99.
Your website is for your business. Isn’t it worth $25 a month?
Don’t go cheap. I’ll leave this tweet right here.
A thing about some of the "cheap hosts" is that they don't have optimal configuration for WordPress and really limit performance. Then, when your site gets a lot of traffic and slows down, they try to upcharge for increased bandwidth or disable it completely. Not worth it. 👎
— Rachelle Wise (@WiseArts) July 29, 2018
The List: 25 Things I spend more than $25 on
- Cazadores Tequila. At Hennessy’s it’s $9.50 a shot. Two shots plus a tip and tax is about $35.
- Pedicure. A plain pedicure at Happy Nails is $22. With a $5 tip that puts the cost at $27.
- Starbucks. Every reload on my Gold Card is $25. I do that at least once a month.
- 2 for 1 burgers on Tuesdays. Again. This with a tip is about $35.
- A tank of gas. My last tank of gas at Chevron was $39.42.
- Monthly massage at White Lotus Day Spa. I’m a member so it’s $75.
- Jewelry. The last bracelet I bought was soft leather. $40
- Home Decor. I bought some pillows and paintings at Ross for $34.
- Office Supplies. Last run to Staples for misc pens and post-it notes was $67.
- Pizza. Domino’s large pizza, soda, delivery fee, and tip. $37.
- Sunday Brunch. Pierside blueberry pancakes and bottomless mimosas, tax, tip. $42.
- Toll Roads. My last statement was $39.
- Uber. I lost track of how much I spend monthly but it’s over $100. It’s why I prefer to walk. But when traveling, you have to do what you have to do.
- Hair coloring. My friend does the labor for free but the product at Sally’s beauty supply is $28.
- WiFi on Swiss Air flight. $39. It is admittedly less expensive on other airlines, but I had no problem spending this to get connected.
- Keepsake Frames. Print of a photo for my mom. $39.
- Monthly Flowers. I just purchased a subscription from Enjoy Flowers for $68.
- Airport Parking. The last time I parked at SNA it was $60. (Not everyone has a person who will drop them off and pick them up at the airport.)
- Choosing your seat on Swiss. I was glad to pay $55 each way to choose an aisle seat on my international flight to Belgrade.
- Vacation. Even though I won a two night stay at an all-inclusive resort, I had no trouble paying $215 for the airfare.
- Premium Plugins. I spent $100 on Beaver Builder and $30 on Better Click to Tweet without any reservation.
- Shorts. The last pair of shorts I bought from Old Navy was $22. Tax and shipping put that over.
- Advertising. $30 for LinkedIn. More than two $20 boosts on Facebook.
- Makeup. My last Glossier order was $30. That’s not my only vendor.
- Donations. I donate $20 to 4Ocean and $5 to FreeCodeCamp every month, plus the odd request for someone in need.
None of these include utilities, rent, cell phones, internet, insurance, taxes, groceries, or car payments. These are items that come out of discretionary income.
People Speak up on Twitter
I spend $25 a month on donuts.
— John Locke (@Lockedown_) July 29, 2018
— Amy Hall (@GenuineAmyHall) July 29, 2018
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— Chris Ford (@ci_chrisford) July 29, 2018
On a monthly basis. Internet Access, gasoline, coffee, office supplies, happy hour, prepared food, newspaper subscription, digital entertainment, various utilities, ride hailing services, retirement 401k, Trade and research publications. All of which could be easily subdivided.
— Joseph Dickson (@joe4ska) July 29, 2018
Your Time is Worth Money
It doesn’t matter to me which host you choose, but pick managed hosting. The race to the bottom is real. Get good service. Invest in your own business by investing in your website.
This also means blogging on a regular basis but that’s anther post.