6 Recommended Expenses for Every WordPress Site Owner

Backup, Recovery, and Migration
284708_392337987498490_667789323_n *Everyone* with a WordPress site should have BlogVault. Their site explains it all, but here’s what I have to say as well. :)Read more:
If You Have a WordPress Site, You Need BlogVault to Backup and Migrate
Malware/Hack Prevention & Recovery
Sucuri scans your site, and notifies you of security issues.  And… the big deal… if your site gets malware, they will clean it for free, usually within hours (though they say it may take much longer).  LOL.
Domain Registrations and Hosting
Hands Down.  HostGator – yes, they, and all of the other less expensive hosts are subject to occasional downtime.  You get what you pay for.  If you’d like a more expensive, more stable solution, touch base with me, and we can talk about your options.
WP Theme and Framework
Always Go With Genesis.  Always.  🙂  That said… If you are already sold on templatemonster or themeforest, be sure that you search for the most recent version of WordPress. Many of these vendors do not issue updates. And, be very sure that the demo site does everything that you want your site to do. Some of these themes do not support everything that WP has.
Leads, Connections, Mentors, and Motivation
If you are new to Internet Marketing, getting leads to your home business, or just in a rut MyLeadSystemPro is the deal.Get hooked in to great trainings, a network of others who are where you are, and who need you. Ongoing webinars keep you up to date on the current issues with social media, and keep you motivated with fresh ideas. They have amazing step by step instructions for getting your facebook life on track and generating leads, using youtube, twitter, etc, it is seemingly endless. And, you will meet others who are learning, as well as have exposure to mentors in various marketing fields.

With my hectic schedule (well, those of my kids), I had trouble getting to the calls and webinars, so I created a Google calendar, to alert me on my android device.  You are welcome to hook in here: http://tracycarpenter.info/mlsp-calls-and-webinars/

Advanced WP Forms
As a person who spends too much time debugging word press sites, Gravity Forms definitely gets my vote.  It plays very well with others and has a bunch of great features, including tracking responses, and there are add ons available to hook into PayPal and other third party services.

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Tracy was a pleasure to work with and a refreshing change to others I have used. She did the job right the first time. She is extremely detail oriented and went above and beyond in making recommendations and tweaking functions related to my website. She solved a complex issue by literally staying up all night. In the initial stages, we chatted on Skype while she looked at my WordPress site and server configuration to ensure she was clear on the precise issues I was experiencing. Tracy has a tenacity and work ethic that is extremely rare in any industry and her communication was top-notch throughout.

Which WP/Theme/Plugin Updates Should I do First?

This is not for WP network installations

  1. Backup @ BlogVault or backup database and files
  2. Make a list of inactive plugins
  3. Deactivate all plugins
  4. Update the WP core
  5. Update Themes
  6. Update Plugins
  7. Test the site
  8. Reactivate Plugins
  9. Test the site again