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Yesterday I published a post sponsored by Microsoft who wanted to let our readers know about their Cloud Hosting platform called Azure, I tested it out and it’s a really solid platform for scaling websites – It also includes free hosting for WordPress websites which you can install from their dashboard in a few clicks. It’s an interesting offering which goes up against services like WordPress.com but with the option to install any theme or plugin you choose, you can grab a free account here.

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I have been spending a bit of time on ManageWP also this week and they just launched a new feature which lets you comment on any articles submitted. It’s an interesting move and should bring some more interaction on the site – If you haven’t already you should check out ManageWP, it’s a good source of WordPress news for sites you might not come across usually.

One of our site sponsors, SiteGround hosting have created an exclusive deal for WPLift readers where you can get 60% off their normal hosting plans. If you are looking for a new host who specialises in WordPress then you can signup here.

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And finally, check out Brian’s post on PostStatus where he outlines his plans for monetizing and growing the site through paid memberships and possibly more sponsorship deals. It’s a bold move as we tend to assume all blog content should be free but Brian has an excellent record at producing good content and enough good-will within the WordPress community to make it work – I wish him all the best taking the site forward.

Here’s the rest of the best links from around the web from the last 7 days, have a good weekend everyone!

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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