Yes, you need to do regular backups of your site. I recommend at least a weekly database backup and a monthly “full” backup. More, if possible. If you make frequent additions and changes to your site, definitely more. If you make changes multiple times a day, or have a community of people that are in there all the time, a daily backup should be a minimum.
If you are blogging on wordpress platform, there is a free Editorial Calendar plugin available and I highly recommend using it. You can use that as a sort of a notebook for your blog posts, and also paste in all links related to your post. When you are ready to finish the post, you open a draft, edit it and schedule or publish right away.
However, at the end of a few months you observe that the flow of traffic is still a trickle. Looking back you try to think what might be the mistake. Finding nothing that you can lay a finger on, you call your friend and ask him what the problem could be. When he asks you for the URL of your blog you are stupefied. You have never thought about it or thought that it could be so important. You ask your web hosting organization about the same and they say that they do not have the necessary options in their package. You need not be worried for you are not alone.
With a self-hosted WordPress website you have access to an open source of thousands of various theme styles and plugins to make your blog unique. Your creative possibilities are absolute limitless.
For the newbie WordPress may seem to be a little intimidating. However, because there are so many users, you can find help on hundreds upon hundreds of support sites and forums should you encounter a problem. If you can send emails, use a word processor and use Facebook, you have enough skills to create and maintain a site with WordPress – it’s that easy. Don’t let the little voice in your head tell you that you are not good enough!
Most of the bloggers think that installing plugins is very easy. But, in reality it is not so easy to install it. There are few addon scripts which are really difficult to install without proper guidance and knowledge.
VPS hosting is a reliable and more affordable way to host your web site, but will be much more expensive then the cheapest WordPress hosting out there. Some small and limited VPS accounts can be obtained for as little as a month. And due to the partitioned server or virtual spaces, you will have an enhanced level of security and server speed.