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This post started as a response to an email we received recently. A potential new client was considering our sites and wanted to know how our sites worked with email, ftp, file sharing, and other things that might or might not be included in a traditional hosting account. How our "Hosted" sites work First, I should explain how our sites work because people who have owned a hosting account are used to things working a little differently. While we "host" the BlogSite we are not a "hosting provider". We provide premium managed hosting of a WordPress site - handling daily backups, seamless upgrades, and development of new features. We work similar to the way someone like SmugMug or AlbumExposure or Basecamp or DropBox, or any "hosted" web app does - we host that one thing and do it extremely well, better than would ever be possible to sell as a one-off site. Basically it

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We hear a lot of questions about the difference between Photography BlogSites and other WordPress solutions for photographers. So we thought it would be good to take a minute to explain why the way we do things at Photography BlogSites is a little  different than other WordPress or BlogSite options. WordPress is an award winning Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to log in and edit your own content. While it is famous for being a blogging platform, it has grown over the years to become a full website management tool. Our sites use WordPress and allow you to combine your portfolio site and blog into one easily editable service. The old way - Buying Themes Until now, the idea of having a WordPress site has meant finding and buying a "theme" or template that determines your overall structure and look. Any theme, whether free or paid, needs to be installed, setup, and

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Recently, we made some BIG updates. One major new feature that we will be officially announcing very soon, is called SnapShots. You might notice it in the back of the sites if you look closely. Check back here in a week or so for our big announcement.     In the meantime, we also updated several plugins and improved a whole list of things behind the scenes. First, a word about Upgrades One of the great benefits about the managed sites, is the one that is most hidden. As new plugins and themes are added, as new features are added, as bugs are fixed... everyone sees the improvements immediately, (usually) with zero impact on active sites. Any upgrade requires a complex process to do it properly. The files that make up WordPress, the themes, the plugins all need to be backed up. The content of the entire site (for us, every user's site) needs to be

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Once upon a time, it was only necessary to have a website. Then blogs became important. Now you need to think about social media with tools like Twitter and Facebook. If your business has a second or third off-shoot with its own site and own blog, you could easily have 4 or more places to login and update. Add to that an order fulfillment service or payment gateway and all the social media sites… That’s too much. You should no longer consider these things as separate entities but should consider them different pieces of a web presence. The more we can consolidate the management of that web presence, the easier your life will be. Our Goals There a few things that we aimed to accomplish for our All-in-One BlogSites: They

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photographyblogsites.com is built using WordPress. But not the traditional version, the less supported WordPress MU. The MU stands for 'Multi-User' and allows you to set-up a network of blogs. You could use this for yourself to run all your sites from the same backend, or you do what we did and set-up a system to allow anyone else to come along and easily sign-up for a new site. With the upcoming release of WordPress 3.0, these two branches will be merged and with it, the support and documentation for a site like PhotographyBlogSites will hopefully improve. But up until that happens, the only real support has been through the folks at WPMU DEV. I recently posted about some of the more technical, developer heavy plugins used on PhotographyBlogSites on my own site. You can read that here. But I wanted to post here about a few of the plugins we have used

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