Hopefully getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it costs to run a site like Unsplash will help you with your own business, or at least give you a better understanding of what’s involved.
It is nice when people share information like this because, as he says in my pull quote, it does help others to see what is involved. Also, by sharing you never know if someone may notice something you didn’t and can end up saving you a lot of money.
Barley 1 costs just about $400 to host for the month of February. That’s about half as much as Unsplash spent on storing logging files. Perhaps with Barley 2 we’ll do some posts like this for those that are interested.
Don’t be surprised by the final number though. Crew is doing an amazing job hosting Unsplash and I believe they are doing it for beans. Imagine what that number would have been in 2005?