All available WordPress.com plans
There are four different pricing options for a WordPress.com website, not including the free one. So which one makes the most sense for your needs? Find out in this detailed analysis and our answers to commonly asked questions!
How Much Does WordPress.com Cost?
You can pay $4 a month for the Personal plan. It comes with ads and lets you connect a custom domain. Premium ($8 monthly) adds a couple of marketing tools. Business ($25 monthly) adds custom plugins and premium themes. The eCommerce plan lets you build an online store for $45 a month.
What Does WordPress.com Offer on All Paid Plans?
Every plan, even the free one includes an SSL Certificate pre-installed. It’s good for general security, and a must-have for online stores.
You also have access to the free themes (about a dozen or so), and what WordPress calls Jetpack essentials: a series of features to help optimize your site and protect it from spammy comments.
Then, every paid plan includes Email and Live Chat support, plus a free domain for a year. They also remove ads (but not the WordPress footer - see a few questions down for more info).
WordPress.com Full Pricing Comparison Table
|Best for||Not paying anything!||
|Not great for||
||Expensive compared to others like Wix or Weebly||Expensive compared to Shopify Basic or BigCommerce Standard|
|SSL encryption||Included for free|
|Domain||No||Free domain for one year, around $15 thereafter|
|Email account||Not included, we list a few options below|
|Email and Live Chat Support||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Themes||Free Themes||Free Themes||Premium Themes||Premium & Custom Themes||Premium & Custom Themes|
|Design customization options||Limited||Limited||Full||Full||Full|
|Accept recurring payments||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Enable simple payments||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Enable ad monetization with WordAds||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Scheduled social media update||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced SEO Tools||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Backup and Restore||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping and payment integration||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|More information||Start a free WordPress.com website|
What About Domain and Email Accounts?
As mentioned above, every paid plan comes with a free domain name for one year. Once again, that’s every plan except the Free one.
For emails, no luck I’m afraid. You can look at Google’s G Suite, which will let you create a professional email address using your domain name for around $70 a year.
You could also use a service like Namecheap, which only costs around $20 a year for a custom domain and email address.
What Payment Methods Can I Use?
You can pay for your WordPress.com plan with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover) or PayPal.
Can I Pay Monthly For WordPress.com?
Short answer: no. All plans are billed yearly, so you’ll need to multiply every monthly amount you see here by 12 for your first bill.
Are There Any Storage or Bandwidth Limits?
Plans have limits for the amount of storage on your site (actual files like text, video and images). There are no limits to the amount of bandwidth, so you could have millions of visitors on your site!
What Are the Main Differences Between Each Plan?
Aside from storage space, WordPress.com seriously limits the features available on your site depending on how much you pay. So if you want to run proper online business, forget about the entry plans. Buying themes is also considered a premium feature, somewhat annoyingly.
Some of the premium themes you won’t be able to buy on entry plans
But the biggest shock has to do with the cap on plugins you can install (see below).
I Thought WordPress Was Great For Plugins?
Yes, but you’re thinking about WordPress.org. That’s the open source version that has all WordPress core features unlocked, but it means that you have to install it and take care of the hosting yourself. With WordPress.com, it’s rather surprising that you need the Business Plan ($25 a month) to have complete control over the plugins you can install.
If you’re confused about that, check out our guide on the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, or the video below.
And What About SEO Options?
By default, WordPress.com is fairly SEO-friendly. The themes are optimized, you can edit meta titles and descriptions, and you get an XML map of your site automatically.
But only those who subscribe to the Business or eCommerce plan get the whole gamut of advanced SEO tools, such as a front page meta description (for the whole site), custom title formats; and custom posts meta description. It’s also what you’ll need to install a plugin like Yoast SEO, which is great for rating your optimization based on keywords.
I Thought WordPress Didn’t Have Support?
Once again, you’re thinking about WordPress.org. All the paid plans with WordPress.com come with good live chat and email support, which can be a strong enough incentive to choose their plans.
Why Can’t I See the Blogger Plan?
There were confusing reports about the Blogger plan, which used to cost $3 a month. It allowed you to remove ads and blog on a domain like myblog.blog.com.
As of September 2019, the plan has been discontinued, but if you’ve purchased it in the past, you should be able to renew it by contacting the WordPress support.
What’s the Difference Between WordPress Ads and WordPress Branding?
Every paid plan removes the occasional targeted WordPress ads, which look like this on the free plan:
Example of a WordPress.com ad
The branding is simply a link to WordPress in the website footer. It’s pretty unobtrusive, but you need the Business plan to remove it. It looks like this:
And no, you can’t remove it with code, even on the Premium plan.
WordPress Recommends the Premium Plan - Is it Good?
It seems like a good deal at $8 a month. But there are a few deal breakers in our opinion:
- Still displays WordPress branding in the footer
- Basic SEO options
- Can’t install plugins yourself
- Can’t upload a custom theme
However, it’s pretty good for a freelancer portfolio or basic business website - as long as you don’t try to make money from it.
I Need a Business Website - Is the Business Plan a Good Deal?
For $25 you can remove the WordPress branding in the footer and get access to some of the best SEO options in the world (like Yoast SEO, for instance). You can also start looking for other plugins to boost your site’s features.
Example of available WordPress plugins
Even though the Premium themes look fantastic, the Business plan goes one step further and allows you to install any WordPress theme (e.g. from Themeforest or a self-developed theme).
But… it’s pretty pricey. You get similar features and full access to the excellent Wix App Market for $17 a month with their Unlimited plan, for instance.
What About the eCommerce Plan?
Once again, not the most affordable option out there. If you really want to sell items online, both physical and digital, the Shopify Basic plan is almost half the price, starting at $26 a month.
Now you do get the premium version of WooCommerce, which is a fantastic online store builder. It costs $45 per month, so ask yourself if it’s worth shelling out the extra cash for having it preinstalled and hosted for you by WordPress.com.
You also get several premium extensions as freebies, such as :
- Storefront Powerpack: to get complete customization of your store’s look and feel (usually $59)
- UPS Shipping Method: for live UPS rates and shipping cost calculations (usually $79)
- Product Add-ons: so users can personalize products when they order them (usually $49).
You can then install other plugins like WooCommerce Subscriptions ($299) but you’ll have to pay for it out of your own pocket.
Our Final Opinion: Is WordPress.com Worth It?
WordPress.com operates in a strange space compared to other website builders, and especially compared to self-hosted versions of WordPress.org. When you put it up against providers like Wix or Weebly, it seems pretty expensive, especially if you need the Business plan at $25 a month to make the most of the SEO tools and plugins.
Then, if you really want a WordPress website, it’s also not the most economical option. You could purchase a domain and an affordable hosting provider yourself, and essentially use WordPress for free with a bit of elbow grease. Similarly, installing the premium version of WooCommerce on your own domain seems like a much better deal for online stores, even when you account for the free premium plugins you get with WordPress.com.
Now if you really want a WordPress website but want the simplest option with the help of a good support team, it could be worth going for the Premium plan for $8 a month - as long as your website is a simple static business website used to display basic info.