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"Choosing a WordPress Host" - Hollywood WordPress

"Choosing a WordPress Host" - Hollywood WordPress

With all the options for web hosts now offering WordPress-specific hosting, how do you go about evaluating plans and web companies? This talk will cover basic specs to run WordPress, some security and community considerations, as well as some resources and tools for comparison.

Suzette Franck

June 24, 2014
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  1. Choosing a WordPress Host
    Suzette Franck
    WordPress Evangelist,
    (mt) Media Temple
    Hollywood WordPress
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @mt_Suzette
    Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple

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  2. Choosing a WordPress Host
    Suzette Franck
    WordPress Evangelist,
    (mt) Media Temple
    Hollywood WordPress
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @mt_Suzette
    Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple

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  3. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
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    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette

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  4. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple

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  5. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008

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  6. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience

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  7. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience
    ★Created 200+ WordPress custom themes

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  8. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience
    ★Created 200+ WordPress custom themes
    ★Spoke at 20 WordCamps since 2011

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  9. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience
    ★Created 200+ WordPress custom themes
    ★Spoke at 20 WordCamps since 2011
    ★WordPress Podcast WPUnicornProject.com
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mediatemple

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  10. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience
    ★Created 200+ WordPress custom themes
    ★Spoke at 20 WordCamps since 2011
    ★WordPress Podcast WPUnicornProject.com
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mediatemple
    ★Reg. Contributor on WPwatercooler.com

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  11. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience
    ★Created 200+ WordPress custom themes
    ★Spoke at 20 WordCamps since 2011
    ★WordPress Podcast WPUnicornProject.com
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mediatemple
    ★Reg. Contributor on WPwatercooler.com
    ★Blogs at: suzettefranck.com

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  12. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Suzette Franck with a “ck”
    Twitter:
    @mt_Suzette
    ★WordPress Evangelist @ (mt) Media Temple
    ★Using WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008
    ★20 years of web development experience
    ★Created 200+ WordPress custom themes
    ★Spoke at 20 WordCamps since 2011
    ★WordPress Podcast WPUnicornProject.com
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mediatemple
    ★Reg. Contributor on WPwatercooler.com
    ★Blogs at: suzettefranck.com
    ★Slides: speakerdeck.com/suzettefranck

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  13. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    What We Will Cover

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  14. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    ★Specs and Requirements
    What We Will Cover

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  15. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    ★Specs and Requirements
    ★Security Concerns: autoupdates, backups
    What We Will Cover

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  16. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    ★Specs and Requirements
    ★Security Concerns: autoupdates, backups
    ★Help, Resources and Tools Available
    What We Will Cover

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  17. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    ★Specs and Requirements
    ★Security Concerns: autoupdates, backups
    ★Help, Resources and Tools Available
    ★Community Involvement and Reputation
    What We Will Cover

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  18. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    What Specs Should I Be
    Looking For?

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  19. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Minimum Requirements for WordPress

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  20. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Minimum Requirements for WordPress
    ★PHP Version 5.2.4 +

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  21. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Minimum Requirements for WordPress
    ★PHP Version 5.2.4 +
    ★MySQL Version 5.0 +

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  22. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Minimum Requirements for WordPress
    ★PHP Version 5.2.4 +
    ★MySQL Version 5.0 +
    ★Apache or NginX (also others: IIS)

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  23. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Minimum Requirements for WordPress
    ★PHP Version 5.2.4 +
    ★MySQL Version 5.0 +
    ★Apache or NginX (also others: IIS)
    ★Make it easier for clients to update their site

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  24. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Minimum Requirements for WordPress
    ★PHP Version 5.2.4 +
    ★MySQL Version 5.0 +
    ★Apache or NginX (also others: IIS)
    ★Make it easier for clients to update their site
    ★wordpress.org/about/requirements

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  25. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider

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  26. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider
    ★Bandwidth Limits

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  27. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider
    ★Bandwidth Limits
    ★Storage Limits

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  28. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider
    ★Bandwidth Limits
    ★Storage Limits
    ★Number of WordPress Installs

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  29. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider
    ★Bandwidth Limits
    ★Storage Limits
    ★Number of WordPress Installs
    ★Is a Staging Area Offered?

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  30. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider
    ★Bandwidth Limits
    ★Storage Limits
    ★Number of WordPress Installs
    ★Is a Staging Area Offered?
    ★Is email a requirement?

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  31. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Additional Spec to Consider
    ★Bandwidth Limits
    ★Storage Limits
    ★Number of WordPress Installs
    ★Is a Staging Area Offered?
    ★Is email a requirement?
    ★Additional Services? Migrations offered?

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  32. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    What About Security?

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  33. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations

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  34. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations
    ★Is WordPress Core kept updated?

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  35. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations
    ★Is WordPress Core kept updated?
    ★Who makes updates to plugins? themes?

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  36. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations
    ★Is WordPress Core kept updated?
    ★Who makes updates to plugins? themes?
    ★Does host monitor for uptime and threats?

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  37. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations
    ★Is WordPress Core kept updated?
    ★Who makes updates to plugins? themes?
    ★Does host monitor for uptime and threats?
    ★If there is a problem, how responsive?

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  38. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations
    ★Is WordPress Core kept updated?
    ★Who makes updates to plugins? themes?
    ★Does host monitor for uptime and threats?
    ★If there is a problem, how responsive?
    ★How are backups handled? Restores?

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  39. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Security Considerations
    ★Is WordPress Core kept updated?
    ★Who makes updates to plugins? themes?
    ★Does host monitor for uptime and threats?
    ★If there is a problem, how responsive?
    ★How are backups handled? Restores?
    ★Server Level Sercurity + WordFence Plugin

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  40. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    What If I Need Help?

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  41. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!

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  42. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!
    ★Support methods: chat, telephone, email?

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  43. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!
    ★Support methods: chat, telephone, email?
    ★Support hours: 24/7 (if your business is)

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  44. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!
    ★Support methods: chat, telephone, email?
    ★Support hours: 24/7 (if your business is)
    ★Extra support and advanced configuration?

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  45. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!
    ★Support methods: chat, telephone, email?
    ★Support hours: 24/7 (if your business is)
    ★Extra support and advanced configuration?
    ★Which support is free? Which is paid?

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  46. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!
    ★Support methods: chat, telephone, email?
    ★Support hours: 24/7 (if your business is)
    ★Extra support and advanced configuration?
    ★Which support is free? Which is paid?
    ★Community Support Forums

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  47. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    I Need Help Now!
    ★Support methods: chat, telephone, email?
    ★Support hours: 24/7 (if your business is)
    ★Extra support and advanced configuration?
    ★Which support is free? Which is paid?
    ★Community Support Forums
    ★Knowledgebase of past issues

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  48. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Should I Care
    About Community?

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  49. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Community Matters

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  50. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Community Matters
    ★WordPress is built upon shared knowledge with others in
    the community

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  51. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Community Matters
    ★WordPress is built upon shared knowledge with others in
    the community
    ★It is important to give back to the community

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  52. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Community Matters
    ★WordPress is built upon shared knowledge with others in
    the community
    ★It is important to give back to the community
    ★Teaching others what you have learned helps you more than
    it helps them

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  53. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Community Matters
    ★WordPress is built upon shared knowledge with others in
    the community
    ★It is important to give back to the community
    ★Teaching others what you have learned helps you more than
    it helps them
    ★The WordPress Foundation works to insure a stable, reliable
    application for everyone.

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  54. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Why Community Matters
    ★WordPress is built upon shared knowledge with others in
    the community
    ★It is important to give back to the community
    ★Teaching others what you have learned helps you more than
    it helps them
    ★The WordPress Foundation works to insure a stable, reliable
    application for everyone.
    ★Contribute by being a participant! Get involved!

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  55. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Does Community Matter To Your Host?

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  56. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Does Community Matter To Your Host?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak at WordCamps?

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  57. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Does Community Matter To Your Host?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak at WordCamps?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak, & host local WordPress
    Meetups?

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  58. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Does Community Matter To Your Host?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak at WordCamps?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak, & host local WordPress
    Meetups?
    ★Do they have staff that concentrate on WordPress
    Contribution?

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  59. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Does Community Matter To Your Host?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak at WordCamps?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak, & host local WordPress
    Meetups?
    ★Do they have staff that concentrate on WordPress
    Contribution?
    ★Solicit feedback and regularly consider and integrate
    suggestions?

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  60. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Does Community Matter To Your Host?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak at WordCamps?
    ★Sponsor, attend, and speak, & host local WordPress
    Meetups?
    ★Do they have staff that concentrate on WordPress
    Contribution?
    ★Solicit feedback and regularly consider and integrate
    suggestions?
    ★Innovative in WordPress implementations, Support, and
    Resources?

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  61. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    In Summary

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  62. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Things to Remember

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  63. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Things to Remember
    ★Worry About Security!

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  64. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Things to Remember
    ★Worry About Security!
    ★Get the Best Hosting Budget Allows For

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  65. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Things to Remember
    ★Worry About Security!
    ★Get the Best Hosting Budget Allows For
    ★Everything Should Be Kept Up-to-date

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  66. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Things to Remember
    ★Worry About Security!
    ★Get the Best Hosting Budget Allows For
    ★Everything Should Be Kept Up-to-date
    ★Always have a Backup Plan/Schedule

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  67. Media Temple // 8520 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / 877-578-4000 / mediatemple.net / @mt_Suzette © 2014 (mt) Media Temple
    Things to Remember
    ★Worry About Security!
    ★Get the Best Hosting Budget Allows For
    ★Everything Should Be Kept Up-to-date
    ★Always have a Backup Plan/Schedule
    ★Research Potential Hosts Thoroughly

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  68. Questions?
    Suzette Franck
    [email protected]
    https://speakerdeck.com/suzettefranck
    Have Fun and Learn!
    @mt_Suzette
    Follow Me On Twitter!

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