The basic wordpress.com package is free but often new website owners rapidly find out that they want to do more than this package allows.  At this point, the question then becomes: Should I upgrade and stay with wordpress.com, or should I move to self-hosted WordPress?

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By Nathan Platt of Solidblueliquid Okay so this post is all about self-hosting WordPress, but before we begin telling you all the wonderful benefits let me sort out a few common misconceptions. WordPress.org, wordpress.com and self-hosting Across forums and the internet everyone gets confused with the differences between them all, so let’s address them all…

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One of the things I like best about WordPress is that it’s actually quite hard to make a total mess of things. Every change you do to a post or page is stored so you can easily go back to previous revisions, but did you know that it also uses a recycle bin?  If you…

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What is ‘alt text’? ‘Alt text’ is an extra little bit of information that can be added to media items like images. It’s there for use by screen readers, which are used by people who have vision problems. When the screen reader comes across an image it will read the alt text, so the more…

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Yes, they are, which is why when you’re writing a new blog post you need to choose the title carefully. If you’re blogging to improve your SEO then the title of the post is possibly the most important bit of text in the whole post. Try to incorporate one of your target keyword phrases, but…

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You may have heard that copying content either within your own site, or from someone else’s site, can cause your site to lose Google points. Is that true? Well, yes and no. If it’s done maliciously (like you copy a whole site because you can’t be bothered to create your own and want to steal…

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Site speed ups can be very complicated and involve a lot of tweaking, but if your site is loading really slowly have a look at the filesizes of the images on your pages. A large filesize will slow your site down considerably, particularly on mobiles which have restricted bandwidth. You should be aiming for images…

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Yes, you do, particularly if you’re using cloud hosting (which most of us do) rather than your own servers or virtual private servers (VPS). Most hosts provide some sort of firewall protection, but on cloud hosting the firewall runs around the cloud space, rather than around your individual website. That means that if any one…

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