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Hosting and Website Design
For my hosting I use www.GoDaddy.com . I have been using GoDaddy for a couple of years and if I have one thing to say about them it’s that their customer service reps always make me feel better.
Their customer service is also available 24/7 so at 10pm you have a problem? No problem! And they will still be cheerful 🙂
For my website designs I am a huge fan of self-hosted WordPress. If you purchase the WordPress hosting with your domain you will be set up quickly and can get right into playing with themes and creating pages.
You can create forums, have a shop, take payments and more through your own WordPress website so it’s definitely something to consider.
For more information on why I chose GoDaddy check out this blog post: 6 Reasons I Chose GoDaddy As My Website Hosting Provider.
Social Media Management Tools
I use two platforms to manage my social media profiles and those of my clients.
I personally love using Buffer App for it’s ease of use and simple presentation. I use the Firefox and Chrome extensions to schedule my posts quickly.
For more advanced use there’s Hootsuite.
If you are looking for something more robust that allows you to monitor keywords and conversations then Hootsuite may be the platform for you.
Hootsuite, like Buffer App, also has an Firefox and Chrome extension to speed up post scheduling so don’t worry about missing out.
To find posts I use a few methods.
My primary method is Feedly. You can save many rss feeds in feedly for free but if you upgrade to the Pro version for a small yearly fee then you can also schedule to BufferApp directly from Feedly.
Depending on my client or projects I also use Pinterest to find the types of posts I need.
If you need a high volume of posts on a specific topic then you could also set up Google Alerts to have posts in that topic area come right to your email inbox.
I have tried a few different specialized groups for my educational needs but the only one I’ve stuck with is Lynda.com (30 day free trial). Lynda has such an array of courses on all the technical topics you could need to start and run your business from beginner to advanced.
If you are looking for a reference for website building languages like HTML and CSS that you can refer back to any time then I recommend W3Schools.
Graphics Creation and Editing
I’m a bit complicated so I like complicated programs.
Ok maybe that’s not really the reason that I prefer for use Photoshop. I love having the extra tools to play with my images and words so I pay monthly forThe Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs
These programs include everything Adobe has to offer. Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and all of their video and audio creators and editors. So if you like to play with digital assets then this may be for you.
For those less techy I recommend Canva.
Canva gives you the layouts for all of the popular social platforms and even website sized images. It also stores your images to use again and gives you access to free and one time pay/use stock images.
For stock images there are a lot of free resources but the one I use the most is Pixabay.
Naturally if you are starting out and don’t have many email subscribers then you will want a free platform to start with.
Up until recently I used MadMimi. I had no clue when I first started using MadMimi that it was owned by GoDaddy but hey it’s a great free email marketing tool that even allows you to put a sign up form on your Facebook page.
Next I tried out AWeber. If you are looking for the cheaper step up from MadMimi then AWeber is that platform.
After trying out AWeber I found ConvertKit.
I think I will stick with ConvertKit for a long time as they simply have a lot of features that I love but it does cost a bit more than Aweber so until you grow your list you shouldn’t increase your spending.