THE WEBSITE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED
Here you will find a curated list of the tools and resources I strongly recommend. I have used every recommendation. Many of these resources are essential to my business.
Now before delving into these awesome resources I know and trust, here is an important disclosure:
I am an affiliate of some of the links below, which means if you choose to make a purchase through these links I will earn a small commission. This comes at no additional cost to you. Please know that I have experience with these tools and use them myself. Through my years of experience, I have used many different services and tools. These recommendations have been vetted by me over the years and are only here because I feel they will help you. Please only purchase these services if you feel they will be beneficial to your business.
Purchase Hosting & Domain
My preferred website hosting service is Siteground.com. They are well-rated by customers, have virtually no down-time, and their customer service is fabulous. I use their Chat tool for help. Their servers are also set up to work especially well with WordPress. PACKAGE PRICING.
Purchase Premium Theme
When you need a quality WordPress theme to start your layout go to ThemeForest by Envato. It is the most popular and safe place to purchase quality themes for WordPress. I have used several themes from there and have actually found Avada to be the most flexible, intuitive theme and you can grow your site till the cows come home! They also offer fantastic plugins at at affordable prices that give tons of premium features. VARIOUS PRICING.
Purchase Stock Photos & Illustrations
iStockphoto.com is now owned by Getty Images (long renowned for their stock photography). They offer royalty-free (but not free) photos, illustrations and videos. iStockphoto.com has you buy "credits." The more you buy at a time, the less each credit costs. Photos are either 1 credit or 3 credits. If you just buy enough credits for the one photo you want it's about $11/credit. Be sure to buy large versions of the photo. You can make large photos smaller, but you cannot make small photos larger. VARIOUS PRICING.
Free Stock Photos & Illustrations
Pixabay.com offers free stock photos and illustrations that are pretty good. Many times I can find just the right image there. Most are covered under the Creative Commons law which means they are free to use. Some require attribution so you have to put their name as a caption to the image, but most do not require this. It will tell you what is required for each image. FREE.
Compress Images for the Web
TinyPNG.com offers fast compression of web images (jpg and png). It's an online service so you just go to the website, upload your image, wait for it to compress, and then click the download button when it's complete! I use Photoshop to compress my images and then again compress them through this website. AND THEN... I use the TinyPNG.com plugin so they get as compressed as possible. Every little bit helps! FREE & PREMIUM