The hosting provider is WestHost. I’ve seen some negative reviews of WestHost recently, but I’ve always been happy with them. They gave me support when I was making the transition. The support wasn’t perfect but it got me where I needed to go.
Initially, when I set up this blog I just posted links to my blog posts to Facebook and other social media, and pushed people back to the blog to read. But that seemed rude. So now I post to six places: The blog, Google+, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Medium.
That sounds like more work than it actually is. I use a WordPress plugin called SNAP: Social Networks Auto Poster. Once I’ve finished a post on WordPress, it takes me about a minute to use SNAP to post the same thing to Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, manually formatting each post correctly for each service. SNAP handles mirroring to Tumblr automatically; I don’t have to worry about that. I use IFTTT.com to post to Medium. I just started doing that a couple of days ago; my previous tools for posting to Medium were flaky. IFTTT seems to work pretty well.
I do not love the setup for posting to Google+, Facebook, etc. I’m constantly making careless errors. I accidentally share links back to this blog when I meant to link to some external content elsewhere on the web. I wish Google+ and Facebook would just let me mirror content that originates here, as Tumblr and Medium do.
I rely on one other notable WordPress plugin: Auto Post Scheduler. That plugin lets me space out posts, posting one post at a time at intervals, rather than bunching everything up at once. Right now I have Auto Post Scheduler set up to post at 90-minute intervals 7 am to 7 pm Sunday through Friday and 7-5 on Fridays and Saturday. I also post manually when I want to comment on the news. Using Auto Post Scheduler, I’m posting all day, not in big bursts all at once.