Each month I quite a few emails asking about my camera, my travel gear, and my blogging setup, so I thought it might be helpful to write about some of my favourite products here on my blog. In my new series Travel Gear Tuesday (#TGT) I will review travel or blogging related products that I genuinely love, and if I don’t I will tell you so.

Some of you may know that I have migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress a few months ago. I have been receiving quite a few emails from readers who want to do the same, but weren’t quite sure if WordPress is that much better. So I thought it would be helpful to write a review of my new blogging platform (WordPress), my web host (DreamHost), and some blogging literature (ProBlogger).

Blogging platform
This blog is proudly powered by WordPress. When I started Tammy & Chris on the move I used Blogger and didn’t self-host. Blogger was so restrictive in terms of design options, menu layouts and you could count useful plug ins that didn’t need much technical knowledge on one hand. I got really fed up with this, so I decided to migrate my entire blog from Blogger to a self hosted WordPress site, as I have heard so many good things about it. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it was actually and I am so glad I did it. I really regret not having used WordPress from the beginning. WordPress has tons of cool plug ins, including to improve SEO, which is important to get more blog traffic. I would have had many more readers much quicker if I had used WordPress from the beginning. Amazingly, WordPress is free. If you are not very good with techie things, such as html coding (I am definitely not!), then don’t go with Blogger.

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Web host
DreamHost is taking care of my domain name and hosting. I never had any technical problems with them so far and setting up my blog with them was super easy. Even I could do it! They literally supported me with everything: if there is a new WordPress version out, DreamHost will automatically install it for me. When I migrated my blog over from Blogger to WordPress, they did it all for me.

If I had one thing to criticize then it would be that you can’t call them if you have a problem. However, you can email them your problem and request that they call you back at a time most convenient for you. They usually call back within a few hours with a solution ready, so I don’t think this is a big issue. You can also search DreamHost wiki for solutions or check with other DreamHost users on the various discussion forums. I never had a technical problem so far, so this has never been an issue for me.

The ease of use for someone not even remotely technically averse (me) sold DreamHost for me. Highly recommended!

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Blogging guidance
Ever wondered how some people are turning blogging into a profession and even make money with their blogs? Me too, until I read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. The book has been written by two of the world’s most successful bloggers, Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. It offers step-by-step instructions on how bloggers actually make money, why niches matter, how to take advantage of social media, how to optimize your advertising, and much more.

In general I found ProBlogger a really good book, even if it doesn’t delve too deep into any of the topics the authors touch on. As someone who has been blogging for a bit now, I would have liked to know more about how the authors managed their content or built a community. But as an introduction to professional blogging, it is a great book. This book taught me a lot of the basics of professional blogging at an extremely affordable price. It is a very easy read and so I highly recommend it.


Some of the above are affiliate links and I will earn a tiny weeny percentage of the sale if you purchase through them. They are all products I love though, so my reviews are 100% honest! If you choose to purchase any of the products through the above links, you will help support this site and officially be my personal super star!

 

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

22 Thoughts on “Blog tools review: WordPress, DreamHost and ProBlogger

  1. Great to read about other bloggers who are also happy with Dreamhost. I have been with them for about 3 years and apart from one tiny blip for a few days in January 2012 I am very happy with them. I do not really mind not being able to call them as when ever I have needed their support they have responded very quickly and very fully.
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    • Tammyonthemove on August 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm said:

      I agree Thomas. I rather have someone get back to with a solution than having to phone an expensive phone number and having to go through the whole problem first.

  2. This is a great post! With so much out there its great to hear what has been useful for other bloggers!
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    • Tammyonthemove on August 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm said:

      Thanks guys. You are right there is so much out there that it makes it difficult to make a decision sometimes. I am glad it helped!

  3. I am with you guys on WordPress. I find it so easy and with the plugins you don’t have to worry about actually learning so many different things. I am with Hostgator and after that little(BIG) issue last week I am looking to change hosting. I have never actually read that book but usually check out the site from time to time. Great info to use over there. Nice post!
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  4. I’ll have to check out the Problogger book, I haven’t read any of them yet. I’ve just googled things as I need help.
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    • Tammyonthemove on August 12, 2013 at 8:02 am said:

      I used to do just that as well Anna, but I find it nice to have all the information you need to know in one place.

  5. Very useful info!
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  6. I love dreamhost even though I use bluehost 🙂
    It is the only host that provides a 100 % uptime guarantee..
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  7. Great guide, thanks so much for your clarification!

  8. Thanks for this informative review article. I was thinking to move my blogger website to WordPress. And also have planning to build a new business website using WordPress. The simplicity and user friendly features of WordPress really helping people to use their services.
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  9. I’m with DreamHost, too – and I highly recommend them. Like you said, they make everything so easy that even I can do it! They’re pretty good at responding if you hit them up on Twitter, too.
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    • Tammyonthemove on February 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm said:

      Oh that’s good to know Simon. I have never tried contacting them on Twitter. Didn’t have to contact them at all so far (touch wood!) and I have been using them for one year now.

  10. WordPress is one of my likely web hosting after blogger. I really like both these platforms and currently been managing two blogs through WordPress web hosting. I feel really comfortable using WP plugins and all other features and they make everything very user friendly as well. Thanks.
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    • Tammyonthemove on May 3, 2014 at 8:18 am said:

      I love all the plug ins for WP too Jess. On that front it really out-does Blogger by miles. Blogger is ok too, but if you want to blog professionally I’d go WP any day.

  11. WordPress is awesome!

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