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HubSpot CRM vs WordPress: What’s the Real Cost of Hosting?

In the digital age, where your online presence is as crucial as your physical one, choosing the right platform for hosting your website is an important decision. WordPress and HubSpot CRM are two of the most talked-about platforms in this regard. While both offer unique advantages, the real cost of hosting on these platforms, especially WordPress, is a topic worth exploring.

The Hidden Costs of WordPress Hosting
WordPress, being an open-source platform, requires constant attention to plugin updates, theme updates, and PHP versions to ensure the site remains secure and functional. The platform is notorious for its vulnerability to hacks and the inconsistency of plugins and themes, which can suddenly stop working after an update. This not only poses a security risk but can also affect your brand's reputation if your site experiences downtime or displays errors.

Moreover, the maintenance of a WordPress site is not straightforward. Very few hosting providers offer structured plans to monitor and update plugins and address security risks consistently. This lack of support means businesses often need to invest in additional resources or external services to maintain their site, adding to the overall cost.

Technical Know-How Required

Updating a WordPress site isn't always a simple task. Changes to certain elements can break the site's styling, requiring a dive into HTML to fix. This necessitates a level of technical expertise that not all users may possess, potentially leading to additional costs for technical assistance.

HubSpot CRM: A Higher Initial Cost but Lower Overall Effort

In contrast, HubSpot CRM's hosting service, priced at approximately $3,500 annually, might seem steep compared to WordPress. However, this cost encompasses a more stable and secure hosting environment, thanks to its closed architecture.

Simplified Maintenance and Enhanced Security

With HubSpot, the worries of constant updates, hacks, and plugin inconsistencies are virtually eliminated. The platform's closed nature means that all third-party apps and integrations are thoroughly vetted and approved, ensuring they meet HubSpot's strict security and functionality standards. This significantly reduces the risk of security breaches and the downtime associated with maintaining a WordPress site.

Ease of Use and Design Consistency

HubSpot's design and update process is streamlined to prevent common issues faced by WordPress users. The platform uses "HUBL" (HubSpot Markup Language), a variation of HTML designed to integrate seamlessly with HubSpot's features while ensuring design consistency. This makes it difficult to inadvertently break the site's styling, reducing the need for frequent technical interventions.

Beyond Hosting: The Value of Integration

One of the most significant advantages of HubSpot over WordPress is its comprehensive suite of tools for marketing, sales, and customer service. HubSpot CRM offers an integrated solution for managing your online presence, from website traffic and social media to email marketing and deal management. HubSpot CRM is now part of Content Hub. Content Hub is an all-in-one, AI-powered Content Marketing software that helps marketers create and manage content that fuels the entire customer journey. With Content Hub marketers can easily create personalized content experiences that drive engagement across the entire customer journey, in addition to managing content assets at scale from a single source of truth. This vertical integration allows for a more cohesive strategy and eliminates the need to stitch together multiple applications, saving time and reducing complexity.


While WordPress offers a lower entry cost, the real price of hosting on the platform can quickly escalate when considering the need for ongoing maintenance, security measures, and technical support. On the other hand, HubSpot's higher initial cost is offset by its robust security, ease of maintenance, and the added value of integrated marketing and sales tools. When evaluating the true cost of hosting your website, it's essential to look beyond the sticker price and consider the broader implications on your resources, security, and brand reputation.

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Craig Hall

Craig Hall is founder and president of Marketing Wiz, a financial marketing firm specializing in the independent wealth management space.


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