WordPress.com introduces a new website hosting plan that combines a custom domain name, generous storage space, and the ability to accept payments on your site for just $5 per month.
It’s called WordPress Starter(Opens in a new window), and hosts your website on WordPress.com managed hosting with the promise of unlimited site traffic. In exchange for your $5 each month, WordPress.com offers a free custom domain name for the first year, along with 6GB of storage for all the photos and images required on your site.
To accept payments, three options are available: The Donation Form block allows you to accept credit and debit card payments for donations, contributions and tips. The Premium Content block lets you accept one-time, monthly, or annual payments for exclusive original content of any type, including images, text, and videos. Finally, the Payment Button block allows you to accept payments and create paid subscriptions using the Stripe payment service.
WordPress Starter also includes Google Analytics integration, which should allow you to keep tabs on how much traffic your site is getting as well as what types of content are performing best.
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WordPress Starter is a nice step up from the free plan where storage is limited to just 1GB and a custom domain is not included. If your website outgrows the Starter plan, the WordPress Pro plan is available for $15 per month. It increases the storage limit to 50GB, adds a full suite of e-commerce and payment tools, and unlocks a whole range of other features, including premium themes, expert support, and the ability to generate ad revenue on your site.
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