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It’s important to understand that these are products and services which I personally have used and have loved.
#1 Overall Best Webhost
After looking at a ton of raving reviews, before trying out their service – I finally gave them a go in late 2018. And they are really are amazing. Although they are a little bit more expensive then hostgator, they offer faster loading times, better performance, choice of data centers and also ability to get country specific domain name without registering at places like Godaddy.
I recommend the GrowBig for most, since you can host unlimited websites. But if you want to start just a single website – its perfectly fine with the startup plan and you can upgrade later on.
#1 eComonical Shared Hosting
I’ve been using HostGator for over 10 years, since I first started online back in 2010. I haven’t had any major issues and their 24/7/365 live chat support is outstanding and they also have a 60 day money back guarantee.
They are a great choice for someone who is on a budget or creating their first blog. Plans start from $3.95/month on the 12 month plan which includes a free .com domain name.
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#1 Cloud Web hosting
Cloudways is a managed cloud host provider (my current hosting). The difference between regular shared hosting and cloud hosting is that cloud hosting will be faster, be more reliable and perform better overall. Plans start from $11/month. This website is on hosted their Vultr High Frequency Servers.
This is sort of like upgrading from a bus to your own car. They have over 60+ data centers to choose from, so this ensures your site loads quick for your visitors. Perfect for agencies, ecommerce or people with multiple websites.
But If it’s your first website – I’d still recommend Siteground. Watch my review & tutorial here.
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#1 Recommended Theme & Builder
This is the Drag & Drop WordPress Theme I’ve used to teach you guys how to build your websites. I am also using it for my website now.
If you are serious about getting the most out of the theme then I recommend getting their $89 Master Club membership which includes 1 year support/automatic updates/addons. Their support forum is very helpful with most questions answered within a few hours!
They can help with Basic CSS customizations and plugin recommendations which is very useful and will save you alot of time.
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GetResponse: An easy to use email marketing platform for your blog, shop or business. You can easily create email opt-in and pop-ups on your website and setup email sequences. You can also create landing pages and host webinars. They also have a very responsive 24/7 live chat support! Watch full tutorial.
Website Design Tools
Must-have tool for any design. This is the perfect tool to prototype your website. It’s amazing & FREE. I also used it to design menus!
(Currently my favourite) You can create beautiful designs for anything. Such as Facebook cover images, Youtube Channel banners, eBook covers, Logos, Blog Post Featured Images & more. I use it to create YouTube Thumbnails. See how to use.
This is an amazing screenshot/screencast tool that I love. Compatible with MAC or PC. I use it almost everyday! Watch how to use it here.
I created a simple guide for beginners to help you with designing your website.
Best place to get amazing HQ unique images which you can use for personal and commercial purposes without crediting.
Simple online photo editing for free. I use this to crop images before uploading to ensure website doesn’t load slow.
I use this for choosing button hover colours. Choose +2/-2 shades for the hover colour for a nice subtle effect.
A great resource for choosing colours
You can spy on what font’s other websites are using.
Plugins for WordPress
If you are looking to building your dropshipping store on WordPress rather than on Shopify, this is my top pick.
It will help you easily import aliexpress products into your store and semi-automate the ordering process. This includes lifetime updates & support. Watch me setup a store using AliDropship.
Alternatively, you can get a custom store – where it is built for you by the Alidropship Team. Use Coupon: HOGAN for 15% off.
This is the best plugin if you want to add Amazon affiliate products onto your website or blog. It uses the Amazon Product API to pull in information such as images, prices, discounts, and affiliate tracking details automatically. All you need to do is add a shortcode to your website to display your products in a table comparison, bestseller lists, etc. See Demo.
Note: you will need an Amazon Product API for this plugin (You need to generate 3 sales within 180 days to be able to generate the API in your Amazon Associates Account)
This is the caching plugin – I use and its very simple to setup and works very well. Another good one is WP Fastest Cache (Free). If you are using SiteGround, then you can just use the default one (SG Optimizer).
Weglot helps you easily translate your website to different languages automatically.
I have additional security for this website and other important websites to prevent getting hacked. I had one instance where I had a bunch of websites hosted on one hosting and one got infected then affected the rest but the team at Sucuri helped me clean it up. Highly recommended! Protect your assets today!
This is the plugin I use to take bookings for a local car repair shop. It integrates with Google Calendar and works pretty well after you’ve set it up. This is one of the highest rated plugins on codecanyon.
This is a top-rated membership plugin on codecanyon with over 13,000 sales and 4.5/5 star reviews. It includes everything you need to start your own membership website today.
Simple and easy to use contact form that lets people submit messages directly to your inbox.
Perfect plugin to optimize your websites for the search engines.
Secure your website from hackers/bots.
Connects your Google Analytics account easily and shows your stats inside your WordPress Dashboard! Watch tutorial here.
Backup and Restore your website.
Add reviews (stars) on your posts. Great for review websites and standing out in the search results. Highly customizable and options to suit your needs.
Many useful services, including Logo Design services starting from $5. Ideal for you, if you’re on a budget but don’t want to create your own. Sign up here.
Hire top-skilled freelancers for short, recurring or even full time positions. Very diverse network and again, you may find you can offer your services there as well.