Is Ghost a good WordPress alternative?

In Keeping Up With Ghost at Tuts+, I write an overview of the new Ghost blogging system. Ghost has a lot going for it but it will mostly appeal to more technical folks rather than novice WordPress users: I’m a longtime WordPress user and the platform is admittedly slow and cumbersome. WordPress recently raised $160 million […]

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Build a Mobile App for WordPress Using AppPresser

If you have a popular WordPress site, you might have wondered how hard it may be to build a mobile app for your subscribers and/or visitors. There are a number of ways to launch apps powered directly from your WordPress site without having to build an app from scratch. With a mobile app, you can […]

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Secure Your Instance

Secure Your Instance [sc:wpcloud]While AWS provides its own firewall, there are still things you can do minimize security risks. Here are three things I recommend: Create an Alternate User Account to the Default root (ubuntu) Login Turn off SSH Access for Default root (ubuntu) Account Change the Default Port Used for SSH From 22 1. […]

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What’s Not Covered

What We’re Not Addressing [sc:wpcloud] BitNami Cloud: I’m not using the BitNami Cloud to launch an AWS AMI with WordPress. If you’re interested in AWS but don’t want to do all the work of running your own instance, this may be a good middle step for you. However, they aren’t integrating Varnish and W3 Total […]

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Useful Links

WordPress WordPress.com – If you want them to host your blog. WPEngine – WordPress hosting company Page.ly – WordPress hosting company WordPress.org & the WordPress Codex – Documentation for the self-hosted version of WordPress Hardening WordPress W3 Total Cache Plugin ThemeForest WordPress Themes MySiteMyWay WordPress Themes Elegant Themes for WordPress WordPress Performance Optimization by author of W3 Total […]

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Create Your Amazon EC2 Server Instance

Before you move forward with an Amazon instance, you may want to explore installing WordPress at Digital Ocean (this site runs at Digital Ocean). I’ve recently decided to switch to Digital Ocean because of their low $5 per month pricing and fast solid-state digital (SSD) drives. In general, DO is simpler and cheaper than Amazon. Create Your Amazon […]

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Estimating Costs for WordPress at Amazon AWS

Estimating Costs [sc:wpcloud]If you’re new to AWS, let me help you in estimating costs. Generally, you should be able to run your blog at AWS in their free usage tier for one year. After one year, it will cost about $14.64 per month. But, if you spend $62 up front on a reserved micro instance, […]

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Related Links

WordPress [sc:MainTutorial] WordPress.com – If you want them to host your blog. WPEngine – WordPress hosting company Page.ly – WordPress hosting company WordPress.org & the WordPress Codex – Documentation for the self-hosted version of WordPress Hardening WordPress W3 Total Cache Plugin ThemeForest WordPress Themes MySiteMyWay WordPress Themes Elegant Themes for WordPress WordPress Performance Optimization by author of W3 […]

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