Tools To Launch Your Business Online
I get asked a lot on the tools and resources I recommend the most. I plan to add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, NOT because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on the following products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Enjoy!
When you own your own domain (like benjaminbeck.com), you need a site host to store the files.
- WP engine is a hosting provider that specializes in supporting only WordPress websites. This is who I use for all my sites and their customer service is top notch. WP engine is great because they automatically back up your site, protect you from using in-secure plugins, and has fantastic uptime.
- Blue Host – Is a reliable host for any website (not just wordpress) affordable and has fantastic customer service.
WordPress is the #1 website publishing platform . There are lots of free and paid templates available, and you have endless freedom to tweak your website recipe.
- WordPress.og – Where to download the latest version of WordPress. If you need help you can check out their support section.
- Studio Press – Beautiful themes that are easy to update and change.
- WPCurve – WordPress support & complete small tasks for a small monthly fee.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the process of building a website! Help is available, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
- Odesk – Get more done by hiring experts to complete tasks for you. I really like Odesk because it takes screenshots of what people are doing which is great for hourly tasks.
- Elance – Another marketplace to find good freelancers to help you with completing tasks.
- Fiverr – On a budget? Fiverr everything costs only $5! I’ve been able to get logos, proof readers, etc for really cheap on this site.
Email is still the most effective way to engage with your audience. Building an email list is a great tool for letting your customers know about exciting new developments in your business.
- MailChimp – If you want a simple and easy to use newsletter software then try MailChimp! Send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free. They also offer an automated RSS to email newsletter which can be very useful for bloggers.
- Lead Pages – When it comes to sales pages, opt-in forms, email collection, video courses…you name it, LeadPages does it!
- Sumo Me – A list plugins to help your website gain more email sign ups. Most are completely free!