I manage two websites:
- This one, justynadorsz.com, which runs on WordPress and is hosted on DigitalOcean.
- A website about games that my brother and I made: manichyena.com — it’s hosted on Squarespace for now.
I will be moving manichyena.com to WordPress in the upcoming days. The main reason is the financial one. Let’s look at the costs.
This website runs on WordPress, which is free. And is hosted on DigitalOcean, which costs $5 per month. I also pay $1 per month for automatic backups. To sum up, I pay $78.56 per year, including taxes.
On the other hand, manichyena.com runs on Squarespace. There are a few price plans and we needed the Business Plan which costs $216 per year. Including taxes, it’s $265.68. There are no automatic backups.
So, Squarespace costs $187 more per year than WordPress + DigitalOcean. It’s not that much if you consider just one year. But we plan to keep our website for years. It’s possible we will still have it in 10 or more years and the savings add up. In 10 years we will have saved $1870 by moving from Squarespace to WordPress on DigitalOcean.
By the way, here’s a referral link for DigitalOcean. If you use it then we both get some hosting credit.