I found this list of useful tips on launching a WordPress site:
Things to watch out for are:
- fast hosting
- search-engine optimized theme
WordPress is working on a new codebase:
I don’t know how this will play out for self-hosted sites. You can use Calypso functionality via Jetpack. The benefit, that I read most frequently, is that the Calypso editor is well designed for writers.
What is WordPress Calypso and what does it mean for self hosted sites?