Weather you are just starting out or a seasoned entrepreneur, knowing what tools will work for your needs is not only necessary to getting you started but also in saving you time, and money!
The problem most entrepreneurs face is knowing which tool is best for them. Their are so many great tools out there that will help you get the job done, and work more efficiently, but researching which ones are the best, can be really time consuming.
That is why, I have included a list of tools that have worked for me. These are what I have used to get my online business up and running. To help me work smarter and get the jobs done that need to be done by saving me time and money.
Some of these links are affiliate links, that means I might get a commission if you purchase the product. That being said, the price of the tool does not increase to compensate me for that.
Hosting & Domains
SiteGrounds customer service is amazing, and who I have been with for many years. Their speed, uptime and security is top notch too. While their are cheaper hosting plans out there, I even started with a few, I just found that I was always fixing or updating something. SiteGround automatically keeps your WordPress Installation up to date, and is known for their quick response times to answer any problems you might be troubleshooting.
I found that using my hosting provider for my domain names was expensive. I could get the exact same domain name at Namecheap for a whole lot less and in most cases included a free WhoisGaurd. Plus they have amazing customer service. Once you have your domain name purchased you just go into Namecheap’s dashboard and manage your domain names by pointing your nameserver to your hosting provider. The first time I asked Namecheap for help, but it really was easy.
Divi by Elegant Themes
Extra by Elegant Themes
Extra is another Theme by Elegant Themes. It has an amazing drag and drop builder like Divi, but has some extra cool features that are perfect for a blog. I have used this theme on some of my straight blogging sites and am really impressed with the way it turns out.
- Yoast SEO – This plugin is great for helping you stay on track with your SEO.
- Google Analytics – Track your traffic and split test pages.
- Google Sitemaps – So Google can crawl your site and index it.
- Bloom – Email optin plugin that pairs nicely with themes from Elegant Themes including Divi.
- Monarch – Social media sharing plugin, works great with themes from Elegant themes including Divi
- divibooster – Helps you add more customization to your divi theme without needed to know extensive css or html