There's a pricing plan for you

Hosting an organisation, campaign or ministerial website on a budget? We provide a range of services and pricing plans to meet your needs.

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One platform, two pricing options

GovCMS has two service offerings, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

  • Managed service

    Software as a Service (SaaS)

    GovCMS SaaS
    We do the hard work, so you don’t have to. We’ll take care of security and management of the platform. All you need to do is build your website, create its content and ensure it meets GovCMS migration requirements.

  • Self-managed service

    Platform as a Service (PaaS)

    GovCMS PaaS
    Do you have access to an in-house team of developers? Does the management of your website require higher levels of control, customisation or flexibility? This may be the plan for you. The catch is you’ll need to do your own security updates and patching.

GovCMS plans at a glance

Organisations are charged annually for GovCMS SaaS and PaaS plans.

GovCMS plans at a glance

Software as a Service

Platform as a Service
Drupal 7, 8 & 9 hosting Included Included
Web protection service - CDN, WAF and DDOS Included Optional
Security accredited (IRAP assessed) Included You're responsible
Drupal security updates Included You're responsible
Drupal application maintenance Included You're responsible
Drupal infrastructure maintenance Included Included
Application support Unlimited Limited
Infrastructure support Unlimited Limited
Training Optional Optional
Development environment Optional Optional
Backups Included Included

GovCMS SaaS pricing plans

We do all the hard work for you. All you need to do is build your website and add your content. Prices are calculated based on monthly page views and charged annually.

SaaS hosting plans from 1 November 2020

GovCMS SaaS pricing plans
Subscription size Max page views Max *hits per month Yearly fee Setup fee
Nano Up to 5,000 40,000 $8,000 $900
Micro 5,001 to 15,000 120,000 $16,000 $2,750
Mini 15,001 to 50,000 400,000 $32,000 $2,750
Extra-Small 50,001 to 100,000 800,000 $40,000 $2,750
Small 100,001 to 175,000 1.5 million $47,000 $2,750
Medium 175,001 to 350,000 3.0 million $54,000 $2,750
Large 350,001 to 800,000 6.5 million $77,000 $2,750
Extra-Large 800,001 to 1,500,000 12 million $110,000 $2,750
Mega* 1,500,001 up to 3,000,000 24 million $190,000 $2,750
Giga* 3,000,001 up to 5,000,000 40 million $300,000 $2,750

*A ‘hit’ (or http request) is processed by the GovCMS back-end infrastructure (also referred to as Origin). The maximum limit that applies to your plan measures all hits that are not cached by GovCMS CDN (Akamai). This includes traffic that is handled by Drupal such as:

  • database searches
  • API calls
  • requests received from feeds or scripts
  • downloads of uncached file assets (documents, style sheets, images etc)
  • bot activity and crawlers
  • search engine indexers (including Google Search Bot)
  • content editing and publishing activities.

GovCMS SaaS inclusions 

  • GovCMS Drupal distribution (features and functionality) 
  • Management and implementation of security updates and patches
  • Web protection services including DDoS protection, web application firewall and a content delivery cache
  • Unlimited editors and publishers - you manage access to your website 
  • Six site admin / developer licences - per agency (fees apply for additional licences)
  • 5GB database (Mega and Giga plans get a 10GB database)
  • 10GB file storage (Mega and Giga plans get 20GB file storage)
  • Unlimited service desk tickets
  • Self-serve backups kept for 90 days 
  • Archival backups kept for seven years

GovCMS PaaS pricing plans

As a PaaS customer, you’ll receive a tailored proposal to meet the needs of your website. You can choose the size of infrastructure and bandwidth capacity required for your project. You can also add service desk and infrastructure support.

GovCMS PaaS inclusions

  • minimum 5GB database
  • 10GB file storage
  • Six site admin / developer licences - per agency (fees apply for additional licences)
  • Unlimited editors and publishers - you manage access to your website
  • Self-serve backups kept for a maximum of 90 days

Contact the GovCMS team to discuss a tailored proposal for your website.

GovCMS sandbox development environment

You can develop your website within the GovCMS platform or externally. If you choose to develop within the GovCMS platform, you will be using the sandbox development environment.

If you develop externally, things will look different to GovCMS and take time to change once you’ve migrated across. Have you considered using our sandbox development environment?

GovCMS sandbox pricing plans

Charges for access to the GovCMS sandbox are added to SaaS and PaaS* annual plans.


GovCMS SaaS sandbox pricing plans
Plan Monthly page views Monthly fee Setup fee
1 to 3 months 20,000 $1,200 $0
4+ months 20,000 $850 $0

*All PaaS sandbox plans require a support plan, with the Basic Support Plan as the minimum.

This page was last updated on Tuesday 6 July 2021