New WordPress Paid Options

I was in the middle of doing a post about the joys and pains of WordPress blogging that I will finish later. As part of that post, I checked the various paid plans offered by WordPress. In the not too distant past, I only saw the Free and three (3) paid options: Personal, Premium, and Business, ranging from $48/year to $300/year in addition to the Free plan. Imagine my surprise when I now have five (5) paid options, ranging from $36/year to $540/year –

WordPress Paid Plans
Blogger (Best for bloggers) $3/month, billed anually*
Personal (Best for personal use) $5/month, billed anually
Premium (Best for freelancers) $8/month, billed anually
Business (Best for small businesses) $25/month, billed anually
eCommerce (Best for online stores) $45/month, billed anually*
*Blogger and eCommerce are new additions to the list for me.

Site Monetization and Simple Payments are only available at Premium or higher levels. According to WordPress, Site Monetization:

Put your site to work and earn through ad revenue, easy-to-add PayPal buttons, and more

Simple Payments:

Sell anything with a simple PayPal button

My biggest caution here is to learn what is allowed and not allowed with whichever plan you choose to use.

I am not referring to resellers in this post as pricing and options vary widely. If you are using Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy, or any number of other companies that resell WordPress services, your prices and options may differ significantly from what WordPress offers directly. Be warned that most of the resellers frequently offer a cheaper initial rate, but the rate goes up once your initial subscription plan renews. The initial subscription plan ranges from 1 year to 3 year on several of the resellers I checked into.

I am not as familiar with other blog platforms – Wix, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, Squarespace, Joomla, Ghost, Weebly, etc. Each blogging platform has its strengths and weaknesses. I like WordPress because the Free plan meets my needs better than the other platforms. It can be a bit of a learning curve to maximize what you can do with WordPress.\ which is why I re-blog or share tips, tricks, and suggestions from other WordPress bloggers.

I recommend getting the plan that meets your needs and your budget. In some cases, you may have to go with a less expensive plan and upgrade to a more expensive plan when you can afford it.

About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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4 Responses to New WordPress Paid Options

  1. Thanks for this. I am brand new to the blogging world, however, I used to have a site on Weebly a while back. I’m still getting used to WordPress and all the bells and whistles that it comes with.

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    • You are welcome. Been on WordPress since July 2013 and I come across tips, tricks, and suggestions from WordPress bloggers that I didn’t know.

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      • It’s definitely a big learning curve for me lol, but I’m managing to muddle my way through things. As they say slow and steady wins the race 🙂

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      • If you need help, there are plenty of blogs and YouTube videos that give tips, tricks, and suggestions for beginners. Some of the bloggers I follow come up with good suggestions. I re-blog the posts that show some WordPress tip or trick I haven’t heard before. I also look for general blogging tips as some things may not on WordPress, but you may be able to figure out an alternate way to get it to work.

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