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Is Managed WordPress Hosting Really Worth the Cost?

Thanks to the massive popularity of the platform, many hosting companies have started to create special packages exclusively for WordPress-based websites. These managed hosting offerings promise advanced features as well as dedicated support.

Premium features, however, come with a premium price tag. They’re often double the price of basic shared hosting packages or more. For example, DreamHost’s shared hosting is only $8.95 a month, while their managed hosting plan is $19.95 a month (their dedicated service, by contrast, starts at $149 per month).

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WordCamp, PressNomics, or LoopConf? Seven Benefits of Attending Your First WordPress Conference

It’s been nine years since Matt Mullenweg hosted the first official WordPress conference – the 2006, San Francisco-based WordCamp. Since that date, the WordPress events industry has boomed, with WordCamps springing up in 205 cities, across 48 countries.

The popularity of these often-smaller, local conferences has given rise to huge multi-day events, too, attracting a “who’s who” of high-profile WordPress users. Some of the biggest include:

  • PressNomics – an event targeted at the WordPress-based entrepreneurs who drive the WordPress economy.
  • LoopConf – a conference for WordPress developers, covering all the advanced technical material.
  • Prestige Conference – another WordPress business conference, with lectures aimed at WordPress freelancers and entrepreneurs.
  • WooConf – a conference for all the WooCommerce specialists and store owners.

There’s also a whole host of WordCamps, too, covering anything and everything in between.

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Six of the Best WordPress Membership Plugins for 2015

The number of available membership plugins has increased dramatically over recent years. If you are launching a membership website, this is great news since you have more options available. But making the right choice can be an overwhelming process. To make things a little easier for you, I’ve put together a list of some of the best WordPress membership plugins currently available

With so many membership plugins on the market, it becomes challenging to figure out which one is most capable of meeting your needs. To help with this process, we are going to take a look at some of the more important features and line each plugin up against a standard set of criteria.

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Improve Your WordPress Users System (In Just 3 Steps)

Arguably, one of the best things about WordPress is its diverse range of potential uses. For many blogs that might mean that very little is made of the WordPress users system at all – there’s just one account from which all administration and content creation is performed. However, for others (particularly larger sites), it might be necessary to have and manage many user accounts.

With only five roles for users within WordPress, administrators of larger sites might sometimes find the default options a little limiting. What permissions to give to a user, say, who should be able to upload files but whose posts you’d rather approve before they go live? There isn’t an option for that within core WordPress.

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