I love the speed of Backblaze and I love the small size and footprint of its application. This backup service does what it promises and it does it well, without constantly reminding you how great it is, like certain other services. And when I want to restore files that I’ve backed up, they even have a downloader that can start multiple threads, so I can max out my bandwidth and get my files faster. You can read more about my experience with Backblaze in this post. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.
I’ve been using WordPress since 2004 and I love it! It’s a platform that just works, that can scale (with the right back-end setup) and is easy to use and easy to love. Of course, most blogs and websites run on WordPress these days, so my recommendation isn’t going to be a surprise to anyone, but just in case you’re on the fence about it, give it a try. I started out by self-hosting my WP websites, but in 2010, I moved the two sites with higher traffic levels to WordPress.com, where I don’t have to worry about any back-end stuff. My websites will never go down, no matter how much traffic they get. It’s wonderful!