Traditional vs Static WordPress – The cost comparison

Running a WordPress website costs money. The larger the website is and the more features it has, the harder is it to get a sufficient setup at a fair price. This article wants to compare the costs of hosting a traditional WordPress website compared to a static WordPress website.

Specialized WordPress hosting companies come with a serious pricing tag attached, on the other site you don’t want to get hacked or miss out on performance on one of the cheap hosting providers.

What costs a WordPress website over a year?

Let’s imagine you have a blog with about 500 articles and you make some money from it (via Affiliate, cooperations, and guest posts).

You have about 1000 visitors a day and each post has an image, that can up to 5-6 GB in storage pretty quickly. Security and performance are important to keep your SEO on a good score and build trust for your users and partners.

If you want to have the best combination of hosting and plugins for that task you would come up with something like:

  • $360 / year for a decent hosting (like kinsta)
  • $99 / year for a caching plugin (like WPRocket)
  • $99 / year for a security plugin (like WordFence)
  • $79 / year for a backup plugin (like updraftplus)

While this list is by far not complete and it also does not count the amount of time to configure all of that correctly on your website, it’s the bare minimum of today’s website costs.

In total, we talking about $637 per year to keep your blog up and running in a secure environment and with a good performance. That may be more than your income from that blog at the time.

WordPress maintenance is expensive.

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Another important factor in estimating the cost of a traditional WordPress website is maintenance. There are several WordPress core updates each year, followed by several security patches.

There are also updates for all of your plugins and your theme, some of them are large, some are just for bug fixes and some are security-related. It’s hard to be up to date as so many things change and may break – do you have the time to handle that?

If not, you may want to consider using a specialized service or your local agency to keep track of that. That are also costs that you need to keep in mind. I researched a bit and found three different services where we take the base plan into our cost estimation:

Let’s take the smallest plan from maintainn in our cost calculation. This increases the total cost of a year running your WordPress website up to $1225 per year.

What costs a static WordPress website?

As you may have noticed, I’m running Simply CDN – a simple and reliable way of hosting a static version of your WordPress website.

Static hosting costs:

Do you remember our initial example? You have a blog, 5 GB space is required for all your files and images and you have about 1000 visitors a day. Security and SEO are essential as you make some money from your blog and you want people to trust your website.

In that case, the starter plan of simplycdn.io will be the perfect fit for you. Let’s compare the costs real quick, and then we will go into the details:

  • $99 / year for hosting
  • $0 / year for security
  • $0 / year for caching
  • $0 / year for backups

So it’s $99 / year compared to $699 per year, and we have not talked about the maintenance yet.

Security:

Static websites are insanely secure. They are even more secure than all of the traditional hosting providers, and even a decent WordPress hosting + a security plugin will not match with a static WordPress website.

  • No database to hack
  • No PHP files to execute
  • No XSS/Cross-Site-Scripting attacks are possible
  • No security exploits through missing updates (Core + Plugins)

Caching:

Caching is done for you at simplycdn.io. All files are getting optimized with GZIP and they get cached automatically once delivered to our CDN. It also handles all the nitty-gritty configuration things for you like deflate, expiration times, static file caching, and more.

Backups:

As your static website contains only HTML, CSS, and JS files, creating a backup of your site is as easy as connecting via FTP and downloading the entire directory to your local computer. No costs attached.

Maintenance costs on a static WordPress website

Due to the nature of running WordPress as a static site you get the benefit of almost no maintenance at all. Let me explain that a bit further:

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Your static WordPress website lives on a high-performance CDN and isn’t connected to your WordPress website. No logins, no PHP files, no database. Just the result of the conversion of your entire website as a static site, which just contains HTML/JS and CSS.

Take WordPress offline

Your static website will be hosted on Simply CDN. This means you can easily take your WordPress website offline and manage it from your local computer with tools like LocalWP. Gone are the days of worrying about DDOS, Brute Force attacks, and plugin vulnerabilities.

So what’s the catch with the no-maintenance promise?

Due to the fact that your visitors only reach your static WordPress website and not your WordPress website, we take out the stress to keep on updating your WordPress installation. You can make updates, test them extensively and just release a new version of your website once you are ready with a new static export.

Due to that, we don’t need a maintenance plan for the WordPress website anymore. Do your updates or freeze your WordPress website in time – it just doesn’t matter in a static WordPress website setup.

Final Costs comparison

Let’s summarize the total costs of running a traditional WordPress website in comparison to a static WordPress website. I created a little table for you to visualize the comparison better:

Traditional WordPressStatic WordPress
$360 / year for hosting$99 / year for hosting
$99 / year for a caching plugin$0 / year for a caching plugin
$99 / year for a security plugin$0 / year for a security plugin
79 / year for a backup plugin$0 / year for a backup plugin
$588 / year for maintenance$0 / year for maintenance
TOTAL: $1225 / yearTOTAL: $99 / year

I’m sure you can also cut down the costs of traditional hosting of a WordPress website by skipping a couple of the mentioned plugins, using cheaper alternatives, or simply by don’t messing around with security and performance at all, but if your website matters to you, than security, speed and SEO matters too.

If you need a reliable and cheap alternative to traditional WordPress hosting, give simplycdn.io a try and use the 7-days-free-trial period to check if it works out for you. I promise you will not be disappointed by the results!