When deciding which blogging platform you’re going to use, one of the first questions you’re faced with is whether to host it yourself or go with a “free” version that is hosted on another social blogging site. In an earlier post I outlined five important blogging platform questions that you can use to determine what kind of platform functionality you need. Within those, there are often a range of free (or low-cost) and self-hosted blogging platforms to choose from. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option, each important to understand before you jump in with both feet.
Some blogging platforms come in both free and hosted versions, so you really have to know which will benefit you the most. I’ll tackle some of the pros and cons for each one by one, to give you a broader perspective of each option and how it might impact you and your blogging abilities.
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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Michael Schwartz from Vertical Measures, an SEO Marketing Company in Phoenix, Arizona.
One of the best parts about the Internet is that whenever you think of a tool that could improve your site it’s likely that tool has already been created by somebody else in the form of a plugin.
Why waste time building a script or hiring somebody to build one when you can download a plugin from WordPress and have it up and running on your site in a matter of minutes?
Plugins can solve many of your website functionality issues, particularly when it comes to on-site SEO improvement, be it through helping you set up your title tags and descriptions or sending your XML sitemaps to Google.… Continue Reading