Since I constantly recommend products I love, I decided to create a resource page that features all of the products I use and recommend.
I would recommend bookmarking this page for future reference.
WEB HOSTING FOR WORDPRESS BLOGS
SiteGround – When it comes to shared hosting, SiteGround is one of the best. The web host is reliable, inexpensive and offers free hosting features. I recommend SiteGround for small and medium blogs and online stores.
WP Engine – Arguably, the best managed WordPress web host. I recommend WP Engine for WordPress-related websites that are receiving a decent amount of traffic.
DOMAIN REGISTRARS & SSL CERTIFICATES
GoDaddy – While I do not like purchasing web hosting here, I believe GoDaddy is one of the best places to purchase domain names and SSL certificates. Domain names can be purchased for a couple of bucks per year.
NameCheap – Like GoDaddy, NameCheap offers excellent rates on domain names and SSL certificates. In addition to being inexpensive, NameCheap has plenty of extra perks and free domain features.
INCORPORATING YOUR BUSINESS
LegalZoom – From incorporating your business to filing other business related documents, LegalZoom is there to help. They offer reasonable rates and experienced staff.
PRODUCT SOURCING AND DROP SHIPPING SERVICES
Worldwide Brands – One of the best services to locate wholesale products and genuine suppliers. A one-time fee grants you access to the service for as long as you want and without any limitations. If you hate cold calling suppliers and attending tradeshows, Worldwide Brands is a must look at.
SaleHoo – Like Worldwide Brands, SaleHoo is the place to source wholesale products to sell online. Their annual subscription grants you access to millions of products and helpful training resources. See my comprehensive SaleHoo review.
Doba – Doba is the best drop shipping service out there. You have unlimited profit potential. While it is not an overnight solution to making millions, Doba is definitely a good service to use when starting an online business. See my comprehensive Doba review.
ECOMMERCE SOFTWARE PLATFORMS
Bigcommerce – Arguably, the best shopping cart to use to open an online store. Bigcommerce has dozens of built-in features and happens to be very inexpensive. Flexibility and ease of use are two of the biggest advantages of using Bigcommerce. See my comprehensive Bigcommerce review.
Shopify – The easiest shopping cart to use to open an online store. You can open an online store for $14/month. A quick store launch is the biggest advantage of using Shopify.
Volusion – Like Bigcommerce and Shopify, Volusion is a shopping cart with tons of built-in features. Volusion is capable of hosting extremely large online stores. Recurring billing is a noteworthy pro of opening an online store using Volusion.
PrestaShop – If you are technical and want to have more flexibility over your online store, PrestaShop is the best free open-source shopping cart. The shopping cart has an active community forum that you can use to ask questions and interact with other Prestashop users.
COMMUNICATION & INTERNET CALLING
Google Voice – A free service that enables you to make calls and send text messages. Porting is available as well.
RingCentral – From online faxing to call forwarding to office phone systems, RingCentral has it all. The service is affordable and customer service is beyond amazing.
MARKETING TOOLS AND SCREEN RECORDING
Google AdWords – Regardless of what you are doing, AdWords is a tool that you must look at. It has an extremely high ROI. In addition, some of the features like keyword searching & grouping are free. This is very beneficial for blog owners that need keywords for their blog posts and articles.
Camtasia Screen Recording – This neat piece of software enables you to record your PC/Mac screen. All recordings have enhanced audio. Camtasia is great for making presentations and doing product tutorials.
Stamps.com – If you have an online business and have a need of shipping physical products using USPS, Stamps.com is your best shipping software. It integrates with the popular shopping carts and offers shipping discounts. International shipping is also available.
TurboTax – The best tax software for preparing and filing your taxes online. If you are a United States citizen, you will have to file taxes – personal and/or business. I use TurboTax to file all of my taxes. The service is inexpensive and support is a call or click away.
Kabbage Loans – Not everyone has money to start an online business. Kabbage offers small business advancement loans of up to $100,000 in little as 7 minutes. I applied for a loan advancement to fund my first small business.
Intuit – If you are a point where you need any type of bookkeeping, Intuit has it all. Intuit offers services for individuals, small businesses and accountants.
StarBoxes – This has to be the best place to buy shipping supplies. They have a huge product line. All StarBoxes shipping supplies are discounted. Use coupon code HANDLINGFEE for a discount.