I need to transition to OHV for WordPress

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I need to transition to OHV for WordPress

I expect to have some controversial topics on my podcast and hope to use OHV, a provisioning company, instead of a hosting company. But I am not ready to invest $70/month to do this.

https://www.ovh.com/world/

Right now, I am pulling things together using MAMP, but have no plans to purchase the Pro version when it expires. Instead, I hope to host it at a less expensive place when I launch it and get a a solid backup with something like BlogVault, Duplicator or BackupBuddy. I want to move to OHV when I feel the investment pays off.

And, if I get cut off by a hosting provider due to my content, the investment would be worth it immediately.

So, please suggest an inexpensive provider I can start with which has good reliability. I expect to pull thing together on MAMP.

When I buy a plug-in to test on MAMP, is it easy to use it at a hosting provider? I assume there is no licensing issue that would me to purchase a second copy, right?

Thanks.
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Commented:
You're question is a bit confusing.

MAMP runs on OSX. OVH is provides no option for running OSX.

I'll give answering your questions a shot... as best I understand them...

1) So, please suggest an inexpensive provider I can start with which has good reliability. I expect to pull thing together on MAMP.

MAMP == Mac + Apache + MariaDB + PHP.

So if you really are trying to run MAMP, your first step will be finding an OSX hosting company.

2) When I buy a plug-in to test on MAMP?

You fail to mention plugin for what. Maybe you mean a WordPress plugin to do some function or something else.

Clarify what you're asking.

3) , is it easy to use it at a hosting provider?

No way to tell without clarity about #2. Some licenses pin to a host or domain name. For this type of licensing you'll require a public IP.

#2 + #3 taken together somehow seem like you're still trying to run some code locally + some code at OVH (public IP).

No clue how to answer.

4) I assume there is no licensing issue that would me to purchase a second copy, right?

This depends on the license you purchase.

If you purchase a single site license for some code you'll require another license.

If you by a bundle or unlimited site license, then you'll have no additional license fee.
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Commented:
Sorry, I was not more clear.

I want to use MAMP as a controlled development platform for me to get my podcast looking pretty good.

I want to learn more about WordPress, in this process. And I find my ability to use Mac Finder as I dig through the files of WP and the plug-ins I install.

Then, when I am ready to launch, I want an inexpensive hosting environment. OVH is my goal, but the high monthly cost makes that something I would grow into, assuming I get some volume on my podcast.

I would also establish a backup tool perhaps to get my podcast from MAMP onto the first hosting platform.

If I buy a plug-in and use it on MAMP, can I erase that license when I move to my hosting environment?

Anyway, the short version of my question is what is a good hosting platform to use prior to OHV?

Thanks
David FavorFractional CTO
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1) I want to use MAMP as a controlled development platform for me to get my podcast looking pretty good.

This likely requires you stick with OSX on a local machine.

You can find OSX public hosting + I'm unfamiliar with this type of hosting.

Maybe someone else can comment about this.

2) I want to learn more about WordPress, in this process. And I find my ability to use Mac Finder as I dig through the files of WP and the plug-ins I install.

Or you can just use ls on the command line.

All WordPress files are organized very clearly.

3) Then, when I am ready to launch, I want an inexpensive hosting environment. OVH is my goal, but the high monthly cost makes that something I would grow into, assuming I get some volume on my podcast.

You might prefer SoYouStart or KimSufi, both are cheaper imprints/brands of OVH.

4) I would also establish a backup tool perhaps to get my podcast from MAMP onto the first hosting platform.

Any will work - Duplicator, BackupBuddy, BlogVault, etc...

5) If I buy a plug-in and use it on MAMP, can I erase that license when I move to my hosting environment?

You'll just have to verify how licensing works for the plugin you choose.

Likely your only option will be Duplicator, as BlogVault requires a public IP to work (so no NAT'ting of a local IP behind a router will work).

I've never tried using BackupBuddy on a local IP. I doubt this will work because how the license server is pinged.

Duplicator will work 100%.

6) There have been several EE threads about this recently.

I prefer SoYouStart + KimSufi, because I do my own admin.

A2 + InMotion will be good, if you're not admin adept.

Avoid any EIG owned company, as they provide horrible support.
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curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Ok, I am abandoning MAMP.

I will use:
1) SoYouStart or KimSufi, and eventually transition to OVH
2) Duplicator, BackupBuddy or BlogVault
3) WordPress
4) PowerPress (for Podcast)
5) MySQL

Lastly, I need a Theme that is PowerPress savvy

I have another question where you may be so kind as suggest one.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29148576/Need-help-choosing-a-WP-Podcast-theme-for-PowerPress.html?headerLink=workspace_open_questions

Lastly, is there anything else I need to host my podcast?
David FavorFractional CTO
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PowerPress is a plugin, so any theme will do.

And, as I said above, I generally use GeneratePress because it's very light weight + always works.

There are a few other considerations for your Podcast, off the top of my head...

Each of these might lend themselves well to a separate question to expand.

1) How you transcode/compress your Podcasts.

You can experiment with lame, sox, ffmpeg to determine what works best for you.

2) If you're interviewing people remotely, be sure to use some tech which splits your side of the call + other person's side of call onto 2x separate tracks, so you can normalize the volume to the same level for both sides of conversation.

3) Independent of number of participants, be sure to normalize your recordings, so when people play back your recordings, they play like a radio station, meaning every recordings has similar volume level.

4) To host your Podcast audios, you can use a service like Libsyn or you can self host.

Projects I work with involving audios/videos, I self host, placing all audio/video files on a separate host record, usually media.foo.com is what's used.

This keeps all these large media files out of your WordPress install directory, making backups work far better.
David FavorFractional CTO
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Commented:
Good luck!
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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I do not believe the information you have here is entirely accurate.  MAMP is simply a tool to make it easy to develop and host locally. It runs on either Mac or Windows.  You don't even need to use it as you can just use Apache locally on your Mac or IIS locally on your Windows computer. I personally prefer to just run IIS locally because I run a windows server for my apps.  When I had a Mac, what MAMP did was make it easy to turn Apache and MySql on or off.

Either way, when you are running Wordpress, moving from a mac to your hosting service does not require you to use any specific OS other than the ability to run PHP and MySQL.  I have created locally developed WP sites on my mac that moved to a Windows Server and locally developed sites on my PC that went to linux.  

As far as controversial topics for your podcast, check the terms https://www.ovh.com/world/support/termsofservice/OVH_US_VPS2016.pdf 
The Customer agrees to ensure that the Content, hypertext links and any activity hosted on or conducted
via the Virtual Private Server do not infringe any applicable laws, regulations or the rights of any third parties,
including (without limitation) material which is obscene, indecent, pornographic, seditious, offensive, defamatory,
threatening, liable to incite racial hatred, menacing, blasphemous or in breach of any third party Intellectual
Property Rights such as personality rights, copyrights, patent rights, trademarks and other intellectual property
right

There is going to be a difference between controversial and what is against the law. You will see most of the use policies have that in place.  Same with Amazon or Azure https://aws.amazon.com/aispl/aup/ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/devops-code-of-conduct/

Both Amazon and Azure have free tiers to get you going.   If you are looking to do something for a business, it is really best to just go all in. Make the commitment now. There are plenty of business books to back this up. If you start off shying away, just checking the waters, you don't have the same motivation or commitment.  Both Amazon and Azure allow you similar services for free to get you going.

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