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What to Look for in a Host: Choosing a WordPress Host Q & A

Jim True
August 02, 2018

What to Look for in a Host: Choosing a WordPress Host Q & A

At one of our past meetups, the questions about hosting plans and providers almost took over the scheduled talk, so I figured it might not be a bad time to just focus a talk completely on Hosting & Hosting providers. We'll discuss:
- What do YOU need in a hosting plan (not everyone is the same)
- What to look for & what to avoid
- Recommendations and Reviews

We'll also arrange to have plenty of time to discuss the questions that you folks normally have regarding hosting.

Video for this presentation: https://youtu.be/8T57JQWMOHI

Jim True

August 02, 2018

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