These are all of the different tools I use to build and run websites, including this one.
Are they affiliate links? Absolutely. But I’d never recommend something I don’t vouch for and use myself. And besides, you won’t pay any more for a product by clicking one of these links.
There are definitely cheaper options for some of these resources — even free ones. But I’ve tried almost all of them, and you get what you pay for in terms of quality.
However, don’t let this keep you from starting your own blog or website. If budget is an issue, start with the free tools. Don’t let money get in the way.
I use Flywheel to host all of my WordPress sites. The user interface is light years better than all the other hosting companies I’ve tried. And their customer service is fantastic (if you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely need it).
Flywheel was built specifically for hosting WordPress sites. It’s so easy to use that you can know absolutely zilch about hosting and still have your site running in minutes.
Sumo is hands-down the best collection of tools for growing a website. Email signup forms, pop-ups, landing pages, signup bars, social media share buttons, content upgrades, image sharing, email auto-responders, contact forms, direct messaging, Google Analytics — Sumo includes all of this under one account.
The tools are super-easy to set up and customize. And if you bought all these different services a la carte from different companies, you’d pay ten times the price.
WordPress is the open-source software the powers over 27% of the websites on the entire internet. That means this is free.
WordPress is a content management system that makes it easy to update the content on websites. That’s why it’s the preferred software for bloggers and other media companies.
But its uses are limitless, and it’s really simple to learn the basics. With WordPress and a decent host, you can have a website live in less than 10 minutes.