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February 26th in Web Hosting by .

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In the past, we have covered plenty of exciting web hosting services. Finding a great web host that can handle your website and its traffic is not always easy. As someone who has worked with a dozen of web hosts in the past 9 years or so, I can tell you that there are many companies that offer a lot on paper but do not deliver at all in practice. We first started our company using DreamHost’s servers. DreamHost was extremely good for us. It does have major limitations though. Besides, their good service turned into a nightmare as soon as they got us to upgrade. They do belong in the hall of shame for their lousy service and horrible customer support team. [click to continue…]

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December 12th in Reverse Engineering, WP Solutions by .

Have you ever looked at a site wondering what theme is being used on it? You could always find that out by going through the code. Most themes have their signatures that give them away. These 3 theme spy tools also help with that:

What WordPress Theme Is That: one of my favorite reverse engineering tools for WordPress sites. It not only tells you what theme is being used on your favorite site but it may also provide you with its designer’s contact information.

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December 4th in iPhone Apps by .

There are many WordPress webmasters who don’t get too excited when it comes to editing their code. The more you know about PHP, HTML, and other WordPress-related technologies, the better off you will be though. You could always write and test code snippets on your computer/server. But if you plan to spend a lot of time on the road with your tablet or smartphone device, you are going to need one of these code editors:

Textastic Code Editor: one of the most versatile code editors for iPad. It offers support for plenty of languages, including PHP, Perl, SQL, and HTML. It supports SFTP and FTPS too.

Code ToGo: lets you write and run code in your favorite programming language on iPhone and iPad. PHP, JavaScript, and many other languages are supported. [click to continue…]

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November 9th in WordPress Themes, WP Solutions by .

Many webmasters use solutions such as MediaWiki to add a Wiki section to their website. There is nothing wrong with that approach. But integrating MediaWiki with WordPress could be challenging. Besides, having to deal with a new content management system is not always fun. Here are 5 themes and plugins you can use to make your WordPress site look like a Wiki:

KnowHow: a responsive Knowledge Base theme for WordPress. It offers Live Search capability too. You get a few shortcodes and custom widgets too.

WordPress Wiki plugin: a handy plugin that lets you create as many Wikis as you like on your website. Unlike some of the themes on this list, this plugin creates real Wikis. [click to continue…]

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November 1st in Wordpress Backup by .

I have met and seen so many webmasters who rely on their host’s backup system for disaster recovery. There is nothing wrong with that. But you should always have a backup for your backups. In other words, you need to have your files stored in multiple locations to reduce your risk. The good news is backing up your site at an offsite location (e.g. Amazon S3) won’t cost you a lot. Here are 5 fairly affordable services and tools you can use to do the job:

Jungle Disk: the service we rely on to backup our servers. Each server will cost you $5 a month plus storage costs. You get 10 GB of storage for free though. Use this to backup your site to Rackspace or Amazon S3. You get encryption for your data too. [click to continue…]

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April 30th in Web Hosting by .

Choosing a web host for your WordPress website is not a decision you can take lightly. When you are getting started with your first WordPress site, you probably only afford to go with one of those cheap hosting plans (though I would not recommend it). Once you start getting more traffic, you are going to need a web host that can handle traffic spikes and heavy loads to keep your website up almost all the time (not too many web hosts offer 100% up-time). Nobody is going to be impressed by seeing your crashed website. If you intend to look credible to your visitors and leads as a business, you’ll have to invest in a decent hosting plan.

Finding the right WordPress web host

Many new publishers tend to go with web hosts that offer fancy promotions and cheap plans. You do get what you pay for though. A cheap hosting plan may save you money in the short term but it could slow down your site’s growth and cost you a ton of money in the long run. Having to deal with too many outages would be painful. Besides, cheap hosting plans are not flexible and limit you on things you can do to take your website to the next level.

You should never choose a web host without conducting a comprehensive background check. That includes comparing plans from multiple hosts and doing reputation research on Twitter, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. Using web hosting forums to ask for advice from people who may be more experienced than you is smart as well.

In the past few years, we have had the chance to work with a number of top web hosts. Our experience has not always been great. There are a number of advanced web hosts around these days. We can’t recommend all of them. But here are five hosting businesses that we, our clients and colleagues have found solid and reliable:

KnownHost: KnownHost offers VPS, Hybrid, and Dedicated hosting. Its customer service has a legendary reputation. These guys are also reputable for having a very high up-time. If you are looking for a web hosting service that works with less headaches, KnownHost is worth a look.

Wiredtree: some of our friends and colleagues in this space have been working with these guys for years. When it comes to customer service, Wiredtree has a superb reputation.  They provide support for the LiteSpeed web server and have affordable managed hosting services. What I like about their plans is the fact that you can customize your server hardware to your heart’s content before ordering. [click to continue…]

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October 16th in WP Solutions by .

There is more to running a sophisticated portal than just knowing how to install WordPress. As a webmaster, you are going to have to wear multiple hats. You will also need tools to backup your site, protect it against hackers, and measure its performance. These 10 tools can help you with those tasks:

VaultPress: this service simply safeguards your website against hack attacks and disasters. It provides site backups, disaster recovery solutions, and security notifications. [click to continue…]

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