Resources

As our site continues to grow we get more readers asking where are we hosted, what theme are we using, what plugins on so on. I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for everything you need to run a successful blog. I’ll add to it as I learn more. I really recommend bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

MY MOST RECOMMENDED

If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the four that you should know about. I find myself recommending these resources again and again, in emails. I use them because they make my life easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.

 

Hosting

We have hosted used a few hosting in the past, there as been good and bad experiences. We used to host with stablehost which is ok but what I have found having a few accounts with them is that my entire account constantly get wiped due to infections. This as been a huge nightmare over the years so I can no longer recommend them. So without further ado here is a list of the service I use and love:

  • Flywheel Managed WordPress hosting – They have been recommended by many bloggers across the web and for good reasons. I have many of my projects hosted with them and have never had any issues. Great service, blazing fast speeds, and INCREDIBLE customer service. Check em’ out, it is worth every penny.
  • Bluehost – This site was hosted there for a while before we upgraded to fully managed WordPress hosting (which I cannot highly recommend enough). If you are still on a budget, however, check out Bluehost. They are affordable, packed with tons of features, and will surely help your blog get off the ground.

 

Themes

  • Mythemeshop – They offer great value for money with a wide range of templates to choose from. Their theme is coded really clean which I love(I know this I am Theme developer also).
  • Themeforest– This is another great option to consider they are a marketplace with many different theme designs.  I have used many of their themes and the only thing I would say is sometimes the theme authors disappear meaning you will no longer get theme updates so maybe choose a theme author that as been there for some time.

 

Domains

  • Namecheap – I like NameCheap because they usually have low domain renewal cost.
  • Godaddy – I also use Godaddy because they offer great first time discounts, but any reputable domain provider should do.

 

Plugins

We will now look at some of the best plugins I use to create my WordPress sites.

  • WP Super Cache – A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static HTML files.
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) – Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.
  • Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress – Helps your site to be more social, honestly this is the best social sharing plugin I have seen thus far.
  • WP Subscribe Pro – You will hear this often from other bloggers “I wish, I started a mailing list from the start.”. This plugin allows you to do just that and it is what we use.

 

Email Marketing

You probably already know how important it is to have a mailing list to keep in touch with your site’s visitors and clients. These two products will facilitate your email marketing efforts by no small measure.

  • Mailchimp – My favourite newsletter management system, it handles everything from subscriber management, to newsletter drag and drop creation, to sending and producing statistics.
  • Aweber – This is highly rated by many other bloggers and internet marketers around the world. I will say I have not used this yet but in the process of signing up as I write this.  One of the attraction to it for me is the ability to create autoresponders.

**If you have any questions about any of these resources, please feel free to post a question on my Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/85ideas. **

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