So along with posts suiting the usual point of this blog — visiting every World Heritage Site and all — we’re also going to post about the technology stack and services we use putting it together for your enjoyment. Since we figure the chances are probably pretty solid that if you’re interested in reading a travel blog, you’re very likely indeed to be interested in putting your own together someday. Getting paid to travel == living the dream, amirite?
First thing to figure out is what platform you’re going to use as the base (If you’re hardcore enough to not use a platform, respect and all, but normal people got no time for that) and while there are many options free and paid, if you want to make things as easy as possible whilst still monetizing fully, the safest choice is self-hosted WordPress as everybody has a WordPress plugin. We’ll make posts later about the third party ones we use and why, this post talks about first party WordPress and its hosting only.
(And we have a smidgen of internal experience with WordPress — worked on the iOS app for a little bit, look there we are at #19 on the contributor graph still. If you’re looking for a great remote job, which since you’re reading a travel blog there’s a good chance you are no doubt, we encourage you to apply!)
So, the next question is, where should you host your WordPress? You can host it on any modern server, and there are many companies that have plans that are specially optimized for WordPress hosting and maintenance. So your options are pretty much unlimited. However, the first pass we’d suggest at limiting those options is to choose from the options listed here:
WordPress hosting, partners vetted by Yoast
Yoast is (arguably) the most respected WordPress SEO plugin, so you can assume that they have the practical experience dealing with a wide range of hosts to make their opinions weighty. At least, that nothing there is likely to be a bad choice.
…So my team turned to the experts at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and, like us, a WordPress contributor. One of their latest offerings, Jetpack Premium, includes VaultPress — the gold standard for WordPress-specific backup solutions…
Better yet, Jetpack provides some amazing security perks, and its malware scanner — paired with our own firewall — alleviates the need for security plugins. Plus, when combined with Akismet, a learning anti-spam service that filters out the dirtiest of online comments, Jetpack makes managing a user-friendly paradise that much simpler…
Even with all the benefits Jetpack Premium has to offer — including marketing features, themes and social tools — we realize not everyone has an extra $99 per year lying around. So we’ve decided to include it with every DreamPress install free of charge.
Welp, that’s quite the value proposition compared to any other hosting experience, we’re sold.
What’s better than Jetpack Premium for free? Why, Jetpack Professional for free! Ch-ch-check it out:
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