Recommendations

Useful products and services that we recommend for website owners.

We are often being asked for recommendations on tools and services that help to make business better. Below is a list of companies that we personally use. Have a look and give them a try in your business. Please note that in some instances we  might be part of affiliate programs with some of these companies, which means that if you purchase their services, then we might receive a small compensation in return.

SCHEDULING
Acuity Scheduling is a solid choice if you are looking for an online scheduling software. Essentially this software can automate all activities related to scheduling, re-scheduling and cancelling appointments with your customers. They also make it easy to charge for appointments and send automated Email and SMS reminders. Get the free trial to see its power

HOSTING

If you are looking for fast and affordable WordPress website hosting solution, SiteGround is a great option. They offer hosting under $10/month but offer high speed service.
Shopify is an ecommerce website system that allows you to set up your own online store. You can pick a ready-made ecommerce website template, list your products, accept credit card orders, and ship your goods – via a simple interface. They make it easy to sell you products online and you don’t need to install or maintain any software. Plus, it is inexpensive compared to other solutions. In our opinion it is the easiest to use ecommerce platform on the market.

For dedicated hosting with high-level support.

LiquidWeb’s managed VPS hosting line is perfect if you require the control of a dedicated server matched with the affordability of shared hosting. Their storage uses SSD hard-drives which increases speed, plus their rates are affordable compared to competition.

For fast website hosting at an affordable price.

Codero has a great ‘cloud-hosting’ service that is super fast and at a relatively low price. We especially like to use it for WordPress website hosting and custom website hosting.

WPEngine is the #1 Wordpress hosting service.

Their super fast hosting plans include automated website backups and top notch customer service. If you need your WordPress website to be online at all times, then these guys are a must.

Flywheel is designed-focused WordPress hosting service.

They pay great attention to design. And like any other design-focused company, their service is smooth. Their  hosting plans include automated website backups and solid customer service. Flywheel is similar to WPEngine. However, their starter plan is more affordable.

GoDaddy

 

GoDaddy doesn’t need an introduction. It’s likely the world’s largest domain registration company. We’ve been using GoDaddy for over 10 years now to register domain names (Keep in mind: GoDaddy is best for domain registrations, and I typically don’t recommend their hosting services.)

Email Marketing

This email platform was built by professional bloggers for professional bloggers. ConvertKit has builtin tools to help you stream line the creation of optin forms and sequences of followup emails. A great feature of this email platform is the different content templates that make your job of writing email sequences much easier. Visit ConvertKit
MadMimi is the easiest to use email marketing tools. We’ve been using their system since 2012. The software does 2 things: it manages your email contacts and allows you to design and send email newsletters. The email design tools is very simple. In a few minutes you can create emails that look professional, yet easy to read. We’ve used at least 5 email marketing providers in the past – MadMimi is the simplest to use. And, it just works. They have a generous free plan, so nothing to loose. Give it a try.
MailChimp has become the gold standard in email marketing software. Their free account includes full email automation, which makes MailChimp a great option for new businesses or those who are just starting to use email marketing. Visit MailChimp

Constant Contact is one of the most experienced leaders in email marketing software. Above all – you can actually speak with them on the phone (unlike newer providers like MailChimp, who are harder to reach by phone.) Constant Contact offers an easy to use interface with simple to understand reports. Give them a try

Project Management

Teamwork Project Manager is an easy-to-use online teamwork & project management software application that helps managers, staff and clients work together more productively online. You can easily track time you spend working on projects, assign tasks to others in your team, create milestones and store files related to the project. We’ve been using Teamwork since 2012. Previously we used Basecamp for almost 6 years but found that it was missing some functionallity. When we started using Teamwork, our internal process became so much smoother as we were able to specify more details inside each task.

Trello

 

Trello is a project management app that uses boards, lists and cards to organize what you want to do. They make it easy to collaborate with others. It’s also super easy to save bits and peaces of information. Above all its FREE. Ahmm, can you beat free? Check out Trello

 

Other Services

Nimble is a customer relationship management software that makes it easy to keep track of all your business contacts. One of its best features is the ability to gather information about your contacts from all the social media websites. For $15/month its well worth the money.

WP Curve is a service that helps website owners request small updates and fixes to their WordPress websites. You get 24 / 7 access with a monthly fee that is a true bargain.

 

ManageWP helps you manage your WordPress websites effectively. You can login to all your websites from a central location, schedule automatic backups and replicate websites within minutes.

Find out if your marketing is working by tracking phone calls you receive from new prospects. Call Tracking Metrics helps you setup and track phone calls from different phone numbers, so you’ll know which of your marketing channels are working and which are not.

 

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