Resources & Deals
We created this resource page so you can easily find a list of good products and services that we use and/or have researched and believe are valuable.
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Setting Up Your Website
WordPress: WordPress a free popular content management system and used by many small and large websites. The set-up process is fairly straightforward.
NameCheap: NameCheap is a great place to buy your domain from.
WP Engine: We really like WP Engine to host your website. WP Engine is a WordPress-only hosting company, and they provide incredibly fast speeds and great customer service.
BlueHost: BlueHost is another great hosting company. They can host both WordPress and non-WordPress websites. BlueHost is one of the top web hosting companies and you can start your website for as low as $2.65 per month.
Weebly: Weebly is good for building a quick and simple website. Their drag and drop interface makes building a website easy and fast.
Google G Suite: G Suite is Gmail for businesses. If you are already using Gmail and other Google products, it will be an easily transition to use G Suite for your business emails. If you click on our link and use the following promo codes, you will receive 20% off your first year.
Under Construction: Under Construction is a WordPress plugin that helps you build a landing page.
Building Your Website
Genesis/StudioPress: Genesis is one of the most popular WordPress themes. It’s flexible and affordable. For a one-time purchase fee of $59.95, you receive unlimited updates and support.
Theme Isle: Theme Isle offers several popular WordPress themes as well as plugins.
MyFonts: MyFonts has one of the largest selection of fonts to use on your website. They are easy to integrate.
Protecting Your Website
Comodo SSL: SSL is important for protecting your website and providing authentication and trust to your visitors. It can also help your Google rankings, as Google is providing a small boost to sites with SSL. Comodo SSL is considered to be one of the best SSL certificate providers.
Mailing Lists and Email Management
Aweber: Aweber is very useful if you have a blog. It allows readers to subscribe to your newsletters and blog posts. Your first month is free, which you can use to test it out.
Freshbooks: Freshbooks is a software service for small businesses to keep track of income and expenses, send invoices, and more.
Grammarly: Grammarly is an online proofreading tool that helps you write error-free and easy to read content. The free version provides grammar and spelling checks, while the premium version includes advanced checks, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, genre-specific writing style checks, and a plagiarism detector.
Some good books:
- If you are interested in improving your writing, you should read the classic Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. The book’s advice is as valuable as it is short – great advice delivered concisely.
- Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life as well as Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writing are also excellent readings.
- The Sony A7 III is very popular and shoots beautiful photos. The body is smaller than most comparable cameras.
- The Fujifilm X100F is a great compact camera for the enthusiast photographer.
- The Nikon D7500 and the Canon EOS 80D are also excellent cameras.
Some good books:
If you are interested in improving your photography skills the following books are great to read.
- BetterPhoto Basics is a great introductory book for beginning photographers.
- How to Create Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup is a classic book, and very good for teaching tool. With the book, you also receive access to the community forum and Facebook page where you can learn from peers.