In many cases, a Managed WordPress solution is the way to go, since the technical bits of server setup, security, backups and even performance optimization are handled on your behalf. However, there may be cases where you want to manage your own WordPress® environment using cPanel® or Parallels® Plesk control panels.
“Self-hosted WordPress is like buying a farmhouse in the country. All yours.” ~ Julie Deneen
Fabulous Blogging’s Julie Deneen has put together a 15-step checklist of things to think about when setting up your self-hosted WordPress environment — and it's worth checking out. Julie covers a lot of bases in her post, “How to Set Up Self-Hosting WordPress Like a Boss,” including:
- Frameworks and themes
- Permalink structure
- Image optimization
- Database performance optimization
- Backups and security
You can read the full post here.
Going with a self-hosted installation used to be the only choice when running WordPress, and it's still a great option for many Web designers and developers. Julie’s post can help you noodle through the many setup considerations so you can make the best decision about whether or not to fly solo.
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