If you’ve worked with WordPress at all you have surely heard of Yoast. Adding this plugin to your site is really a no-brainer. The automatic generation of meta data and SEO tags can save you a lot of time while also improving your overall Lighthouse score.
Here is the Lighthouse audit for the test WordPress website:
Those scores were achieved without any custom work on my end – I simply activated the plugin and let it work it’s magic. Great stuff.
Up to this point we haven’t spent a single penny. Unfortunately, web hosting isn’t free and you’re going to need it if you actually want your website to have a home on the interwebs!
I know – I can hear your collective voices shouting out:
Isn’t web hosting a little expensive just for my simple hobby blog/site?
– Some of you
I host this test blog for just $3.88/month and the service is actually good. Unreal, right? That’s the price of a medium coffee, so I’m pretty sure it won’t break the bank.
This “cheap” hosting is through EasyWP and the Starter plan ($3.88/month) comes with the following:
You will need to snag your own SSL certificate though, but this is easily obtained with something like letsencrypt.org.
Best of all, if in the future you require more features the next pricing tier is still only $7.88. Not too shabby!
The fact that EasyWP gives you a free month trial, there really is no reason not to try spinning up your own blog or online store or whatever the heck you want to build. The more people with personal spaces on the web the better.
As always, I'd love to read your feedback in my public inbox!