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 https://wordpress.com/pricing/
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
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.