So how much would you pay for an installation of WordPress? This question was raised by Damien Mulley of mully.net. In his post (Wanted: People to install WordPress without robbing others blind), Damien mentions that he is building a list of people with reasonable prices who will perform default WordPress installations. According to Damien, there are a few people who are charging anywhere from €550 to €1500 (Euros). This equates to $857.00 to $2,338.33. I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind who would pay that amount to have WordPress installed for them. However, when I stop to think about those who are brand new to blogging or to WordPress in general, those are the ones that when offered these prices, may believe this to be normal when in fact, it’s not.
The conversation about this topic was handled pretty well within the comments. Most people commented that they would charge $50.00. Others said they wouldn’t charge a dime while others wouldn’t mind having a beer purchased for them.
You know, if someone wants you to install WordPress and turn it into a CMS or do some sort of customization that doesn’t exist out of the box, I can understand the price. However, for default installations, there is no reason why the install should be over $50.00 maximum.
For those of you wanting to install WordPress for free, be sure to read this article in the Codex entitled, Installing WordPress for Free. Or read the other aspects of the article to figure out how you can install WordPress on your own without emptying your pockets.