How to Setup Your Own WordPress Blog – This is the perfect tutorial for you if you’re ready for a self-hosted blog, but you’re not ready to hire someone to do it for you. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can follow the steps in this tutorial and have your own WordPress blog setup and ready to share with the world in less than an hour. Are you ready? Check it out!
BlueHost – Bluehost is a solid hosting company and a lot of high profile websites and blogs use it. They offer good security and excellent customer support, and they make it easy to set up your own WordPress blog. If you host with BlueHost, you can register your domain for free, and the monthly hosting rates are low, so it’s a great place to host your site.
WP Engine – WP Engine is a dedicated WordPress host. It’s a bit more expensive than BlueHost or Hostgator, but the customer support can’t be matched. If you run a WordPress site and need the highest level of security, stability, and support, WP Engine is an excellent choice.
Genesis Framework – We use the Genesis Framework on every site we design for our clients, including our own. Genesis acts as a design, security, and SEO foundation for your website. It also “future-proofs” your site customizations, so there’s no hassle when it comes time to upgrade your software with one click. You can have a custom designed child theme (that’s what we create for our clients), or purchase the framework plus a ready-made child theme (a child theme is the design that rests on top of the framework) from StudioPress to create the look you want for your website.
StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes – StudioPress creates themes specifically for the Genesis Framework. They have a number of beautiful, out-of-the box designs you can from.
Backup Buddy – Backup Buddy is a premium WordPress plugin that provides the easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress in seconds. The plugin gives you over 30+ simple ways to secure and protect your WordPress site, and since database driven websites like WordPress are hacked each day, it’s piece of mind you can’t afford to be without.