WordPress Offers New Options for Small Business

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WordPress.com, the popular blog hosting site, has added another service level to their paid services.  Now businesses have the option of a WordPress hosted website for $299/year.


Here were the options before the business level service was offered:

  • Free – a basic blog hosted as yourusername.wordpress.com
  • Pro – $99/year includes domain registry, HD videos with VideoPress, Custom Design services, no ads and 10GB of extra storage for images, audio and video.
  • Enterprise – Starts at $500/per year was launched last December.  Along with domain registry, hosting and design this level of service includes unlimited bandwidth, traffic, and storage, analytics from both Google and WordPress Stats, plugins that help improve SEO, customize the site, add social media tools or manage ads, and mobile ready responsive themes.

The new offering of WordPress Business meets the needs of businesses between the basic Pro user and the high end Enterprise users.  Live support in the form of text chat during US business hours will be available.  Users will have access to an unlimited number of premium themes.  And for those who prefer to upload video or audio content directly to WordPress, the Business tier also includes unlimited storage.

Michelle Stinson Ross

Michelle Stinson Ross

Content & Outreach Goddess at AuthorityLabs
Michelle Stinson Ross is a digital marketing industry recognized authority on the outreach power of social media. She has worked as a community manager and consultant for several brands to increase brand awareness, raise the visibility of special promotions, and train their teams to use the social space to connect with media influencers and the public. Michelle is part of the marketing team at AuthorityLabs and co-hosts #SocialChat, a Twitter based live chat that covers a variety of topics geared toward social media marketing (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET). Her passion for social media marketing has made her a regular conference speaker at events like ClickZ Live, and Search Marketing Expo. She has also been a featured guest on Webmaster Radio and several industry Hangouts on Air.
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  • http://www.rankwatch.com Sahil

    WordPress is certainly the best CMS on the web. Hosting a site on wordpress helps in getting the pages indexed faster and the page load time will always be optimal. With unlimited storage, free access to paid themes, plugins etc., this is the complete and powerful package for almost any kind of business.

  • http://www.webthesmartway.com Siegfried

    $299/year for wordpress hosted website? it is like 25$ per month, quite expensive imho!

    • http://www.consumerbase.com/index.html Chad S

      I certainly think that the unlimited storage merits $25 a month. Sure, there are other hosting services out there who offer this, but factor in the intangibles that WP offers like user friendliness, ability to handle huge swings in traffic to the server, and virtually no downtime, and this is a tremendous deal for SMBs who aren’t looking to shell out too much for their site.

  • http://petersonlive.com Don Peterson

    There are more cost effective ways to setup a WordPress business website. However, the vast majority of business owners don’t want to tackle the technical stuff. A WordPress hosted site makes it about as easy as it can get to get up and running with all the bells and whistles at your fingertips.

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    Thanks for your article which is very good. Now WordPress is going to launch their new version 3.6 soon. Which has many features.