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How NOT To Make A Website For Beginners | WordPress.com "Premium" Plan Review

By Lazy Money UK | Lazy Money UK | 14 Jan 2022


Look at any list of income ideas and the chances are you’ll be advised to start a blog.  Compared to other generic side-hustles like “Start a print-on-demand store” or “Buy a rental property”, it seems fairly attainable.  Still, it’s easier said than done.

Searching for website hosting plans, I suspected that novices would be at risk of overpaying for services which could be sourced for less elsewhere.  On the other hand, I wanted to avoid analysis paralysis and dive straight into the creation process.

WordPress.com purported to offer an all-encompassing solution for beginners, where you get:

  1. A free domain name
  2. Quality hosting
  3. The world’s most popular web creation software, WordPress
  4. Permission to monetise your site

I went with the £84 per year “Premium” plan, as it was roughly in line with the cost of other hosting solutions, albeit more expensive.  As a small YouTuber, I didn’t consider my current operations substantial enough to warrant the £240 per year “Business” plan.

This is where my problems began.

As much as WordPress.com want you to believe their design software is completely intuitive for beginners, even advertising “drag and drop” functionality in their sales pitch, this is not the case at all.

The convoluted interface drained my motivation, and yielded poor results.  Only when resorting to a Skillshare course did I discover that:

To make WordPress viable for beginners, you need to install third-party plugins.  And guess what?  The “Premium” hosting plan I’d bought doesn’t let you install plugins- Even plugins that are intended to be free by their creators.  Only “Businesses” need plugins apparently.

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To add insult to injury, “Premium” users are stuck with a WordPress watermark on their website, in the form of a footer which ironically reads “Proudly powered by WordPress”.

I double-checked with their customer service to confirm that I was really supposed to pay an extra £156 a year just to use free plugins.  They came up with some excuse about it requiring different architecture on WordPress- Which strangely isn’t an issue for other hosting providers who can handle plugins at all levels.

It was too late to apply for a refund, and the best they were willing to do was a 10% discount on the "Business" plan.

The upgrade was still so overpriced, that it worked out substantially cheaper to buy a second year of hosting elsewhere, install the free WordPress software (from WordPress.org), and even subscribe to the Pro version of a plugin called Elementor to allow drag-and-drop creation.

Just a few days after ditching WordPress.com, I finally had a functional website: www.lazymoney.uk

The next step is to get accepted for Google AdSense- A challenge which may prove to be more cryptic than the last.  For now, I’m counting on getting visitors signed up to the top referral schemes like Swagbucks and Peer2Profit to monetise the site.

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