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6 Steps to Startup with WordPress




WordPressYou’re ready to join the world of blogging! You have something to say to the world and you’re sure you’re at least as qualified as most bloggers out there. But you have no idea where to start.

The majority of my clients are right where you are. They want to share ideas and information, they want to write, but the technical aspects of using the internet as the venue presents a barrier, and they can’t see the path around it.

Today, I’m going to show you that path — the path from having no presence on the internet at all to creating your first blog post in WordPress. From zero to 60 (or at least 30) in just about a week. See what’s really involved. Then just follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way!

#1 Choose a Topic

Before you decide to become a blogger, you should have a firm idea of a topic or focus for your blog. Obvious? Maybe. But I’m always struck by how many people are enamored with the idea of making money and/or gaining prestige while sitting in a corner of their home office. They venture out to start blogging, but have absolutely no idea what they will be writing about.

That’s much like saying you want to be a performing artist, when you haven’t yet learned to sing, dance, or act. (Yes, it worked for Paris Hilton, but what are the chances?)

When trying to narrow down your possible blog topics, remember that your blog topic should be:

  1. Specific enough that you can create interest.
    Recently I saw a blog that was purported to be about “my random musings on life and other things.” It had a post on hiking, a post with a cake recipe, another about flat-screen TVs, one about her baby’s food fussiness. The posts were well-written, the design was pleasant, they gal was even pretty good at search engine optimization, but she was frustrated by lack of readers after a number of months of writing.

    I suspect the problem had to do with focus. While some might be interested in her baby food adventures, how likely is the same reader to be researching electronic equipment? If you were a hiking enthusiast, how likely would you be to subscribe to a site that had one hiking article and a bunch of random stuff you had no interest in?

    You certainly can create a very general blog. But unless you are a celebrity or a really entertaining writer, there probably aren’t a lot of people who really care enough about what popped into your head this morning. The blogosphere is brimming with similar personal blogs that are never read by anyone except the writer’s family. If that.
  2. General enough that there are sufficient numbers of interested folks to build a following and sufficient content to write about.
    A recent discussion began when one blogger asked if a site can be “too niche.” My feeling was that a site can be so narrow that you simply have almost no one interested. Some argued that any niche can be successful. Maybe, but I’d like to see someone try to monetize a blog about acrylic nail artists who are Liza Minella fans with macrame fetishes.

    Darren Rowse agreed that a site can be “too niche” and pointed out a related problem. Some blogs are built around a niche that has wide appeal, but not much possible content. According to Rowse, “The best example I saw was a guy who started a blog on a particular model of printer. He ran out of things to say after 5 days.” It was a really popular printer, but just how much can you really chat about such a topic?
  3. Something in which you have expertise.
    You need to be more than just conversant about your topic, you also need to have a solid knowledge base to share with your readers and/or create a valuable experience for them. You might have chosen a great niche, but even if you are really enthused about the topic, you can’t write endlessly about your feelings. If you don’t know anything about it, you won’t be adding much substance on the topic.

    You can learn as you go. but it best to be clear what you are doing. Rather than presenting yourself as a business expert, for example, let readers know you are a new entrepreneur. Rather than setting your blog up as a “how to make money” site, frame it as a “watch my new business grow, learn from my successes and failures” site.
  4. Something you have passion for.
    Successful blogging is a long-term project. And if you’re going to be blogging about something for years, it had better be something you are interested in. If you thoroughly enjoy the subject, it shows in your writing. It excited you. You are internally motivated to learn and research your topic, to keep up on the surrounding industry, to meet people and attend events related to the topic. You will continually have new material because you’ll be immersed in the topic you love.

#2 Select a Domain

NameBoyNetwork SolutionsOnce you’ve settled on your blog topic, you need to choose a domain or URL. This will be the address that people use to visit your blog. Changing it later is possible, but painful, so choose wisely.

Your first serious consideration will be to find a domain name that’s available. When I coded my first web site in 1994, this was easy. Today, domains are a scarce resource. So plan to take some time finding one that works for you.

You’ll need to spend some time trying different, applicable names. To do this, simply go to any domain registrar (like Network Solutions or GoDaddy) and enter some combinations. NameBoy has a clever tool that allows you to enter various words and it displays myriad possible combinations — along with synonyms — and shows you which are available. It’s a great domain name brainstorming tool.

When choosing your name, make it easy on your readers. Make it easy to find, to remember, to spell your website URL. Think about these issues:

Is your URL descriptive without being spammy?
There’s a fine line between a domain that is descriptive and uses a keyword or two, and one that is downright junk-mail silly. Consider: vs. vs. vs.

Is it easy to spell?
Face it. Lots of folks just can’t spell and even for those who can, some words are harder (and more likely to be misspelled) than others. Consider avoiding words that readers are going to enter incorrectly.

If your domain name has words like “entrepreneur,” “accommodation,” “conscientious,”  “embarrass,” or “guarantee” be prepared to have a lot of potential readers end up somewhere else!

Are there multiple possible spellings?
Think hard before choosing a domain with a word that has multiple correct spellings. How will readers remember which one you chose?

For years I’ve owned a popular site with the word “momma” in the URL. In order to keep readers from ending up at a dead end or, worse, at a competing (or copycat) site, each year I pay for the version I use, as well as versions with “mamma” and “mama” in them. Then I have to make sure they are properly redirected to the correct site.

It’s not a huge expense or a deal-breaker, but it is just one more thing on my to-do list.

Are you misspelling on purpose?
Some people think it’s cute to name a business something like Kountry Kitchen, as if using a double letter outweighs the need for proper spelling. Personally, I think it’s goofy, but when you’re on the internet it’s just plain dumb. When you’re striving to get name recognition, do you really want to force your readers to try to remember your fabricated spelling?

That said, I’ve even used invented spellings myself. Sometimes it works if the invented spelling makes sense to the readers. But if you chose to go this route, buy the conventional spelling, too, so those who tend to spell correctly can still find you.

Is your URL excessively long?
Technically, you can have 67 characters in your domain name. But don’t.I strongly suggest you stick with dot com for your top-level domain. Simply put, that is the ending people will assume. If you’re lucky enough that they remember your hostname, you’re probably pushing your luck if you force them to remember an unexpected top-level domain, too.

Still, if another top-level domain really fits your site (for example dot org for a non-profit corporation), use it. One caveat: avoid dot biz. It’s generally considered spammy and will likely cause you all sorts of headaches with your email being filtered and bounced, among other things. (I speak from experience, using dot biz for a legitimate and well-crafted site. I learned my lesson.)

Is this what you want to call your blog?
Whatever domain you end up using, give your site the same name. If you want to call your blog “Suzy’s Happy Blog” and is taken, choose another name! Let it go! Don’t use the URL and then have a huge header that says, “Suzy’s Happy Blog.”

Why? Because if you’re lucky enough that your readers remember your amazing Suzy’s Happy Blog, next time they want to read it, they’re going to go to and read someone else’s happy entries!

Is your domain hyphenated?
I own a few dozen hyphenated domains. Often, when I have multi-word domains, I use hyphens. But I only buy them if the non-hyphenated version is available as well.Hyphenated names are often much easier to read. will likely pull a different clientele than And while it might be perfectly legitimate to look for counseling at, you might wonder about someone doing research on

Distinguishing between words not only helps your readers, but might give you a bit of a bump in the search engines as they, too, can distinguish your keywords when they are separated with hyphens. But, again, I only use hyphenated sites if I can also buy the non-hyphenated site to redirect to my real website.

You want your visitors to return to your site. Make it easy to find you the first time and every time thereafter.

#3 Select Web Hosting

HostGatorWe make it a policy to buy our domains from one provider and our hosting from another.  The separation of powers, so to speak, is a level of protection should you have a problem with either company. So once you’ve purchased your domain, I suggest you look at other companies to find a good hosting package.

With that in mind, here are some questions to ask a potential hosting service:

  1. Disk Space
    How much space can I use for my files and images? What happens when I run out?
  2. Bandwidth
    How much traffic can I generate? What if I exceed  my quota?
  3. Reliability
    What is your uptime percentage? On average, what percentage of the time will my site be inaccessible to viewers?
  4. Customer Service
    How do you deal with problems? How can I contact you for help?
  5. Cost
    How much will hosting cost me each year? Are there payment terms?

It’s also a good idea to get recommendations from people you trust. Online “reviews” may really be nothing more than affiliate sites where people are getting paid to refer your business. They may be honest evaluations, but unless you know the source, you can’t be sure. A few positive recommendations from people who don’t stand to benefit is a good sign of a quality hosting company.

For more help with choosing a host, please check out the BloggingTips Book ‘Choosing A Web Host : Helping You Choose The Right Host For Your Blog‘.

#4 Set Up Your Site

Once you have a domain and hosting purchased, there are a few more things to address. I won’t go into technical detail, but here’s a rundown of what needs to be done.

Point your domain name to your website
In a nutshell, this allows those who type in your URL (held by one provider) to view your website (stored at a different provider).

Install WordPress
WordPress installation requires downloading the WordPress package from, creating a database on your server along with a MySQL user who can modify it, uploading some files, changing with a  few file names, and running an install script.

Some hosting services have programs that make such installs very easy. If you plan on doing this yourself, make sure your host has the tools you need to match your skill level. Otherwise, you can easily hire someone to take care of the technical side.

Choose a theme
Now you have a fresh, slick WordPress install. But face it, it’s downright ugly. The default theme, a Kubrick variation, is extremely dated and overused. The other installed theme, WordPress Classic is better, but not much. But the beauty of WordPress and its enormous community is that you can choose from thousands and thousands of free themes and hundreds of premium (or paid) themes to turn your ugly little site into a thing of beauty in just minutes!

WordPress Theme1 WordPress Theme2

Get recommendations, do some web search, and find the look to fit your sit topic. Also consider the support provided for the theme you choose. WordPress upgrades often mean theme upgrades are needed as well.

Customize your site
Now that your site has form and style, you’ll still need to tweak a few things to make it your own. I recommend at least the following actions:

  1. Set your site name and tagline
  2. Specify link structure
  3. Add a header image
  4. Arrange widgets in your sidebar
  5. Activate Akismet (a default comment spam blocker)
  6. Add plugins to increase functionality
  7. Decide on appropriate settings
  8. Add an RSS feed
  9. Add a subscription signup
  10. Create categories and tags

#5 Add Pages

The default WordPress setup starts with two pages: a “Home” page and an “About” page. The Home page shows an excerpt of your most recent posts, in reverse chronological order. The About page is blank, and intended as a holding place for info about you, your site, or your company.

In addition to these two pages, you may want to add others.  I suggest every site at least have a contact page that has a form so readers can contact you.

#6 Write Your First WordPress Post

Now that your basic site functions are set, you can begin creating posts. Posts are the heart of a blog, they are the content, they are what drive people to your site. If you’re a blogger, this is where you should probably spend the bulk of your time.

New WordPress Post

Write a lot, but write with care. Make sure your blog posts:

  • Fit with the intended focus of your blog
  • Are clear, well-organized, and readable
  • Use proper grammar
  • Include good HTML structure
  • Are appropriately tagged and categorized

Now What?

You’re officially a blogger, but you’re certainly not done. Now comes the work of adding relevant, helpful content on a regular basis. You’ll need to learn some search engine optimization. You’ll need to draw readers and increase traffic. Depending on your goals, you may want to monetize your site.

There is much left to do and to learn. Blogging isn’t a short-term project. Keep going and keep learning. You’re off to a running start.


My name is Foxy, and my job is to sniff out the good guest bloggers from the ones who aren't. This post was written by a contributing author to Blogging Tips. If you would like to learn more about becoming a writer (not one-time guest blogging) for, please contact us.

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SEO WordPress Themes: What You Need to Know



Choosing the right WordPress theme

Every day, a lot of people use WordPress CMS for running their blogs. However, one certainly has got to be pretty meticulous about Choosing the right WordPress theme and all the various important aspects of it and one such aspect are obviously the theme.

Choosing the right WordPress theme can create a magical difference in a whole lot of ways and on the contrary, a bad choice of theme can hamper the performance of your website to a very large extent. There’s no denying the fact that every user tries to find the most powerful theme for one’s website but chances are that they end up making the wrong choice.

Well, in the most of the cases, it’s either inexperienced or a hasty decision that leads to a terribly wrong choice of theme and it can certainly get things pretty frustrating for your website. This is why we thought of coming up with this amazing post wherein we will enlighten you about the 5 Things to Consider before Choosing the right WordPress theme.

Choosing the right WordPress theme

Things to Bear in Mind While Choosing the right WordPress theme

We are pretty much aware as to how difficult a choice making can be in general and this holds true for WordPress Themes as well. In fact, the excitement about the fact that you are actually going to start a website and at the same time, the various stunning themes presented in the most exclusive way in front of you can pretty easily get you deluded and let you choose a perfectly wrong theme for your website.

We examined a few such cases and finally, came up with 5 amazing points for you to bear in mind while you are looking to find a perfect WordPress theme for your website. Even though there can a whole lot of points to consider while choosing a WordPress theme, we listed 5 most important points to help you make the right choice.

These points will not just help you find the perfect theme but also, keep you relaxed and pretty sure of everything you do about your WordPress Site. Without much ado, let’s get straight to the points

Look for a Simple Theme

Even though you will find a lot of WordPress themes with complex layouts, extravagant colors, lots of animation, widgets and more, there’s actually nothing better than a simple theme. On one hand, it saves you a lot of time by keeping you away from dealing with the complexities of the layout and design and on the other hand, it helps you stay focused.

Instead, you may look for a theme that would pretty much help you convey the message of your site clearly to the audience. A simple theme actually makes a lot of room for customization which eventually can help you give your website the most suitable design.

Look for a Responsive Theme

No matter you intend to run a blog or a website, nothing is successful without a decent traffic, right? Also, we are no stranger to the fact that a large portion of the internet users is actually Android and smartphone users.

It is important to read all the specifications of every theme pretty carefully to check if the theme is responsive which means if the theme will work equally well on all the devices. A theme with a responsive design can help you to a massive extent in getting traffic from all the available device platforms. As a matter of fact, every successful website nowadays actually uses a responsive theme.

Without a responsive theme, users certainly wouldn’t have a smooth experience as they visit your website from their mobile phones. Over the years, a lot of e-commerce websites, as well as blogs, have attained excellent success in terms of conversion because of their brilliant responsive themes.

Browser Compatibility

How do we all react to slow loading web pages? Nobody ever enjoys wasting one’s time waiting for a website to load, right. The next best thing we could probably do is leave that site and look for an alternate website. Chances are that we will never get back to the former website ever again.

Different users may use different browsers to visit the same site. However, a site owner must try to offer a brilliant website performance irrespective of what browser a user chooses to visit one’s website. This is actually a bit tricky and it’s not possible if one doesn’t check the browser compatibility prior to Choosing the right WordPress theme

Even though WordPress developers test the browser compatibility of their themes, this may not hold entirely true for all the free themes which are why it is absolutely important to test one’s theme on the various popular browsers to check its browser compatibility and then take a decision.

Choice of Plugins

We are pretty much aware as to what makes WordPress so powerful apart from being an unimaginably ‘easy to manage’ CMS. It’s none other than its plugins that can to a large extent help you with extended functionalities. As a matter of fact, there are thousands of plugins that are free yet very powerful.

However, it is equally important to choose the theme that gets along well with your favorite plugins else things might get frustrating in terms of your website’s performance if ever a plugin tends to get in conflict with the theme in use.

Hence, one needs to be pretty wise about the choice of theme and its compatibility with your favorite plugins so that no plugin-theme conflict ever comes in the way of the website’s growth and performance.

SEO Friendliness

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is an aspect that can never be overlooked if at all you want your website to achieve great success. In fact, this is what a website needs in order to get more visible to the web traffic. A website with a perfect SEO would always hold its position on the SERP or the Search Engine Result Page.

Hence, it is a factor that should never be skipped when looking for a theme for your website. Even the theme with the most exquisite looks may generate poorly coded HTML which may eventually affect the page loading in an adverse way and we are pretty much aware as to how much the page loading aspect matters of a website in SEO. The faster the page loading, SEO will work better for that website.

This is why it is important to check if a theme is SEO friendly prior to choosing it. You can do it by checking it with the W3C Markup Validation service to see if the theme has a proper HTML5.

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It is always wise to go slow and we are certainly no stranger to the hard work it takes to have the most successful website. Choosing a proper theme for one’s WordPress website is certainly the most crucial aspect and we can’t afford to go wrong with it since changing the theme over and over again could be pretty painful.

The five points that we shared in this post are good enough to help you choose the most appropriate theme for your WordPress website provided that you bear them in your mind while Choosing the right WordPress theme and not get carried away by their extravagant looks.

It is absolutely important to go right with the basics to have a strong foundation for your website. Ending up with a wrong theme and changing it over again will only divert you from the core business.

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WordPress Themes

10 Easy-To-Use Ecommerce Templates for Cool Online Stores




Are you going to start your business online? This characterizes you as a modern-type of an entrepreneur.

More and more people choose shopping online instead of the regular process. This is quite understandable. We tend to do the things the simplest, the most comfortable, and quickest way. E-commerce stores can provide us with all these goodies.

What’s more, eCommerce is a great source of making money online.

How can you benefit from this showcase?

What kind of business do you run? Is it a fashion or a coffee store? This collection of eCommerce templates has everything for everyone. Are you looking for one of the electronics Shopify themes or maybe you prefer universal solutions, like multipurpose PrestaShop themes, WooCommerce themes, Magento 2 themes, or OpenCart templates?

The templates list provides you with all the above options. The themes offer a full set of features necessary for efficient online sales.

Main eCommerce templates features

Every template combines appealing appearance and functionality. You will enjoy the look and feel of each item for sleek and thought-out color schemes as well as high-quality premium stock photos available for a lifetime use.

Shopping cart design variations, user-friendly navigation, site-wide search options & filters, informative product description pages and other functions make online commerce themes stand out among the competitors.

All themes are cross-browser compatible and search engines friendly. Furthermore, people will always be able to find your resource in all major search engines and contact you effortlessly.

One more reason to choose the pre-made online store designs is the free 24/7 lifetime support provided with them. Professional technical support specialists work twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to make sure any of your issues are addressed promptly.

Are you ready to select professional eCommerce templates today to boost sales and make your online store a blast on the web?

Eveprest – Multipurpose PrestaShop Theme

Details |  Demo

Eveprest is a multipurpose responsive theme. It is feature-rich and offers a great variety of topics with ready-made designs for the most popular online stores.

Woostroid – Multipurpose WooCommerce Theme

Details |  Demo

Woostroid was created to make your e-store faster, better, and user-friendlier with a wide range of unique features. It was made for online sales, is compatible with two eCommerce plugins, offers free updates, and 24/7 customer support.

Tmart – Minimalist Multipurpose Shopify Theme

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Tmart is a Minimalist multipurpose Shopify theme that fits best for fashion, accessories, footwear, and denim product stores. It is one of the best Shopify themes that are fully customizable and provide multiple layout styles like 11 Home versions, Shop Page layouts, and Other Page layouts, 3+ Header Styles, 8+ Unique Sliders, 5+ Banners, 5+ Footer Content, and 15+ Preloader.  To get inspired by even more site designs in this niche market, be sure to check out these other minimalist blogs.

Sa – Minimalist Creative Shopify Theme

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The minimalist and clean design of this theme is absolutely perfect for online fashion and accessories stores. Sa eCommerce Shopify Theme is built based on Bootstrap 3 using powerful Shopify Sections. You can drag and drop every element without having any coding knowledge.

Magetique – AMP-Ready Multipurpose Magento 2 Theme

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The theme was designed to convert. Its developers combined slick visuals with user experience knowledge to bring you the most advanced store designs and layouts. They facilitate conversions by creating an aesthetic and intuitive shopping experience.

Ketty – Fashion Store Magento Theme

Details |  Demo

The theme offers a stunning background video. It will make people stop and stare, which is exactly what you need to draw attention. This is a perfect opportunity to show off your best products in some interactive way.

Lynton – Responsive OpenCart Template

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All pages of the theme are fully customized and look very clean with this neutral color combination. Lynton package includes all kinds of theme installation files and folders you can use in your existing store as well as the brand new online store.

Koddid Kids WooCommerce Theme

Details |  Demo

The theme comes with demo content. It has an elegant design, which matches your needs and offers the latest features. Koddid has a nice balance between beautiful design and functionality and is a quite simple Woocommerce theme for everyone!

Fashionslash – Fancy Fashion Single Product OpenCart Template

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This is a 360 view store OpenCart template. It is equipped with homepage layout builder among other multiple features. It gives you the possibility to customize your homepage as you would like to see it in a couple of clicks.

Expresso Coffee Opencart 3.x Responsive Template OpenCart Template

Details |  Demo

The theme is suitable for Coffee shop, Cafe, or Restaurant. Color combination, images, elements, etc. make theme layout look professional. By the way, all its subpages are customizable.

Your turn

That’s it for now. You have just seen 10 awesome eCommerce designs for different kinds of online shops. Be sure to implement each of these themes and working methods into your own e-commerce business or brand, to start seeing immediate online success. Which one did you like the most and why do you think that it would be a perfect fit for your project? Your feedback is welcome in the comments section.

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The Importance of Backing up Your WordPress Site (Tips for 2018)



As WordPress is known as the most popular and convenient content management system for building online presences ranging from one-page online portfolio to high profile business websites around the globe, the significance of backing up a WordPress website cannot be underestimated due to a lot of logical reasons.

A professional WordPress developer always know how important it is to have a reliable backup of WordPress website but a beginner may come to know after learning the lesson hard way. Hence, if you are smart web developer you will definitely take on the habit of backing up your website from commencement.

Below are the most common reasons why backing up your WordPress site is so important that will entice you to back it up without wasting a single precious moment.

Bad things always take place

Being human, we all make mistakes and it is one of the obvious truths. Same things can also happen to your WordPress website in terms of clicking the wrong button, deleting a vital file from folder, and your site will be out of order.

Majority of people also believe that hosting provider can get the things done right on behalf of the site owner but it is also probable that they won’t have the latest copy of website content or files. That’s why, you should always sign up with a reliable agency for back up like 10web as they are providing steadfast WordPress backup services to thousands of satisfied clients.

Hackers are always ready to hack your sites

They can hack your WordPress website either to steal confidential data like credit card numbers or to ruin your online presence. So you should always be ready to deal with such situation by backing up your WordPress site on a regular basis.

As your website is live, chances are always there that it may become compromised but you will be able to get your all vital data back quickly in form of a most recent backup.

Blunders while updating

Website updating doesn’t always go well as planned and it is one of the reasons to back up your WordPress site often especially before installing updates.

Since a well developed and functional websites have a lot of components to perform various tasks, like plugins, themes, and most importantly back-end programming, a single corrupt update to any of these components can take the entire website offline, but having a regular backup can help you get things on right track easily.

Malware and Viruses

You can add hazardous malware and viruses to your WordPress site accidentally by installing nulled WordPress themes or plugins, which can cause an abnormal destruction for your website.
In such situation, having absolute backup files means that you will get things right as soon as possible even without seeking help from an expert developer.

Worriless blogging

It can be one of the major reasons why backing up your WordPress site is vital. By using reliable WordPress backup services; you will be able to perform various blogging tasks without any worry of getting something important deleted and not coming back.

Computers crash all the time

You are not safe if you are keeping backup files on your desktop computer because computers crash all the time and you may get all your backup files lost.

As the hard drives become unreadable, all your efforts of backing up your wordpress site could fade away in moments. Cloud WordPress backup is always recommended by experts in order to prevent troubles in days to come.

Blog content is totally safe

The content of a blog is a precious thing for every blogger even more than money and backing up it on regular basis is the only want to keep it in safe hands.

You will definitely not want to get your quality blog content into trash, or in hands of a hacker. That’s why, WordPress site backup is highly recommended to get all your blog contents back hurriedly right after an unwanted occurrence.

WordPress site backup enables you to take risks

A great thing about having reliable WordPress backup is that it enables you to take risks for your website or blog in a good and safe way. Risks you take with your website or blog (after backing your site up) may bring some amazing transformations to your online presence.

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