Managed WP v. Cheap hosting – is there a middle ground?
WP Engine – managed
SiteGround – cheap (though getting pricier)
Site District – starting at $25 (can add multiple sites)
GridPane – like Cloudways, can be more technical, more control
Do you trust small hosting companies?
Things to consider when looking at a host.
- where is support located?
- what are their support hours?
- who is the current owner and when was the last time it changed hands?
- do you like their tools?
- how long has the company been around?
- what kind of access you get? limits? SSH is important for some, not all hosts allow it
- what kind of services do they provide for the $$ (backups, onsite/offsite?, security, cdn, ssl etc)
- are there caps on data transfer (traffic), what happens when you hit those limits?
- are there limitations on the plugins you can use?
Block Editor – move clients to it?
Good reception – easy for easy stuff
Can be hard to move stuff around
How to support – email or ticket system?
One communication method is established hard to change client habits
Give clients a heads up a few weeks in advance of vacation
Advice for finding intern/busy work help?
Upwork for logos and small tasks
Virtual Assistant – install plugins and enter content worked well
Built to Sell by John Warrillow – how to scale your business. makes you think and reprioritize
Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller – Storybrand guy
This is Marketing by Seth Godin
Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo – ultimate guide to building freelance business
Branding Basics by Maria Ross – has online courses
The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber – concept of work on business not in your business
Ice Cream Maker by Subir Chowdry – This book starts out well with some great ideas for managing your small business but then goes too far down the franchise “employees are replaceable blocks” which I find offensive
Tribe of Hackers by Marcus J. Carey
Atomic Habits by James Clear