I’m here in Orlando for the Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo and of course the largest REBarCamp in the country – REBarCamp Orlando!
F.A.R. has asked me to do another of their Take Five video series. This time my topic will be about WordPress.com vs WordPress.org with a lean toward what the Agent needs to know about self hosting their website using WordPress.org.
I’ll cover the basics of each but since the focus is going to be on .org – and since I only have 5 minutes, I’ll discuss just a little about 4 different plugins every self hosted site should have.
Not to give everything away – but here’s the plugins I’m going to talk about.
Social Sharing – When I write a post I hope people find it. I ‘help’ people to find it by also sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and so on. My connections there may come and read my post, realize the life changing value in every typed word <insert rolling eyes here> and share it with their spheres. That’s a good thing, now I’m reaching friends of friends and that’s someone I didn’t have the ability to reach before (so please share all my posts).
Jetpack – One of the coolest things about WordPress.com is their propietary plugin extrodinaire Jetpack! It used to be available only to those that were .com but now you can get all the wonders of Jetpack on a .org site!
Backup – WordPress makes people smile. I build websites for small business just the way they want, once it’s built and I show them how easy it is for them to create content on their own site (without paying a programer from far away) they smile from ear to ear! I love that part! Want to know what makes people sad? When something goes wrong and they kill their website. That could be a server error, a bad plugin update, or a thousand other things. I could tell you to always back up your site on a regular basis- but how soon until you forget.
For the Record: I too, once lost everything here on AWC. These days the entire site; posts, pages, themes and plugins – are automatically backed up to an Amazon S3 Server daily. Need help? I can help you do the same.
Here’s the video from last year (or was it the year before?)
While my slant is towards the .org side of things, there’s quite a few reasons excellent reasons to go .com as well. I’ll have a post on those coming up soon. Because there’s two sides to every story, eh?