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September 30, 2010

WPWebHost: All Your WordPress Blogs Should Be Hosted By Us

Founded in 2007, WPWebHost had a dream of providing a WordPress only hosting environment that was not only affordable for WP fans, but also provided quality service (a rarity back “in the day”).

A year later the company was acquired by Exabytes who provided WPWebHost with the financial resources to keep their dream of affordable WordPress hosting alive, and as they say the rest is history.

Fast forward towards today and WPWebHost is one of the largest WordPress only hosting companies outside of the walls of Automattic (who owns WordPress.com), hosting hundreds (if not thousands) of WP blogs of every shape and size.

The managers at WPWebHost were kind enough to give me a few weeks to test out their service (under their Freedom Plan), and here are my thoughts after giving their servers for a spin. read more

September 23, 2010

WordPress For iPhone: Video Uploading Now Included!

After many weeks of anticipation, it looks like Automattic has finally submitted their latest update for WordPress for iPhone, which now officially supports video uploading.

The new WordPress for iPhone app also comes with a slightly new UI, which easily allows users to sign up for a WordPress.com account directly from the app without having to use a notebook or PC.

I have been testing out the app (via Ad hoc) for the past week across multiple servers (as well as WordPress.com) and thus far the updated app is (for the most part) an improvement over the last version.

For those of you wondering how WordPress for iPhone compares against its WP siblings (I’m looking at you Android and Blackberry!), here is an in depth review below. read more

September 17, 2010

PressHarbor: WordPress For The Rest Of Us

A long, long time ago, in a place not so far away a company emerged from the shadows offering WP fans an alternative to Automattic’s WordPress.com.

Launched in 2007 by the folks behind RackShare, PressHarbor provides a safe haven for WP fans looking for a WordPress centric hosting company without the limitations of Automattic (the latter who created WordPress).

Probably considered one of the first WP centric hosts to emerge online, PressHarbor prides itself on offering users features that they will need instead of presenting options that they will probably never use.

The folks behind PressHarbor were kind enough to let me test out their hosting service, which presented a few surprises “under the hood.” read more

September 15, 2010

Is BlogOnCloud9 WordPress Heaven?

After discovering the brutal reality that hosting companies were more concerned with turning a profit than fine tuning their servers, Dana Rockel and Karen Jackie decided to rescue WordPress fans by entering the WP hosting arena themselves.

Thus BlogOnCloud9 was born.

Founded in February of 2010 by the team behind ContentRobot, BlogOnCloud9 offers WordPress bloggers a cloud based solution for those seeking friendlier host who actually tries to help resolve WP related issues (instead of pointing them towards a search engine).

Utilizing the power of Rackspace (their host), BlogOnCloud9 seems geared towards medium sized sites such as small businesses, probloggers and hobby bloggers who have become a little too popular.

The folks at BlogOnCloud9 were gracious enough to give me a test spin under the Guru plan, and are even offering readers $10 off for the first month  of service (see below for details regarding this offer). read more

September 14, 2010

Is WordPress VIP Beyond Reach? Let HostCo Wipe Away The Tears

Despite the glories of hosting your blog upon WordPress.com, you often have to trade in freedom (as in plugins, ads, etc.) in order to find a secure and fast host.

Of course the only exception to this rule is WordPress VIP, which Automattic (the creators of WordPress) allows a publisher to customize their WP site to their hearts content.

Unfortunately WordPress VIP is a curated service (which is geek speak for “highly selective”) which means even if one had the funds, they may not be granted a seat at the table.

However there is an alternative for WordPress fans seeking a hosting company that majors in power and minors in frills by the name of HostCo, a WordPress only hosting company (similar to Page.ly), but is geared more towards high end users. read more

September 8, 2010

ShareDaddy By WordPress (And Why You Should Use It)

After announcing plans of releasing a social plugin for WordPress.org fans, it looks as if Automattic has successfully ported their WP.com feature for the self hosting masses.

Anointed as ShareDaddy, this plugin allows WordPress fans to easily insert social buttons into their blog without having to dabble with lots of code.

Although there are other social plugin options available (such as the official Twitter and Facebook like buttons) WordPress fans may want to skip the alternatives and use ShareDaddy instead. read more

August 31, 2010

BlogVault For WordPress: A Cheaper Better Backup Solution?

After reviewing VaultPress by Automattic (the creators of WordPress), there has been a lot of spirited debate online (and off) over how much one should pay to backup their WordPress blog.

Although cheaper alternatives are available, very few match the backup frequency of VaultPress, save one which is blogVault.

Created by Inactiv Media Solutions, blogVault offers users an inexpensive hassle free way to back up their blog without breaking the bank.

With prices starting at $29/year, blogVault looks like a strong contender to many of the premium backup services available to WordPress.

BlogVault also does not require users to create an account with Amazon first, which means bloggers can focus on blogging rather than maintaining separate billing accounts.

For those of you who might consider blogVault as a “poor man’s VaultPress,” here is an in depth view from someone who is using both services. read more

August 27, 2010

iPhone: BlogPress Makes WordPress Blogging Fun Again

The creator of BlogPress has just rolled out an update to their universal iPhone/iPad blogging app which now includes support for Squarespace and Tumblr.

However the greatest feature thus far is BlogPress’s inclusion of HTML support, which makes BlogPress the perfect tool for bloggers seeking to create content from their iDevices without firing up the laptop.

For those wondering whether they should consider purchasing BlogPress for $2.99 (especially in the age of free official apps) here is an in depth overview highlight key features (both old and new). read more

July 31, 2010

Should Probloggers Use Hellotxt For iPhone?

When it comes to updating multiple social networks and blog platforms simultaneously, many blogging pros choose either HootSuite (which supports Twitter, Facebook, and Ping.fm), or Seesmic (who owns Ping.fm).

While both of these apps have their strengths, blogging pros may want to consider a third alternative called Hellotxt that combines some of the best features of HootSuite and Seesmic at the affordable price of free.

For Probloggers wondering why they should even bother hitting the download button on yet another “global status app,” here are 3 reasons why they should consider adding Hellotxt upon their iDevice. read more

July 22, 2010

A Second Look At BlogBooster (WordPress Take Note)

After being underwhelmed with the official WordPress iPhone app, I have been relying more upon third party blogging apps to help me blog while I am on the go.

Unfortunately Apple’s iOS 4 update has yet to be embraced by many blogging apps, whose developers have either abandoned their apps completely or are “too busy” to update their apps (despite the bugs that are appearing due to the lack of an update).

Fortunately BlogBooster (which I reviewed in May) has recently updated their iPhone app, fixing many of the bugs that were highlighted previously, as well as introducing a slightly different UI.

Although this app isn’t perfect, BlogBooster’s approach to mobile blogging is something that WordPress (as well as third party rivals) should take serious note of lest they lose market share upon the iDevice. read more