Tools We Use
Use the right tool for the right job
What you need
The better your tools and the more about your business you can automate the more time you will have for the things that really matter. On this page I have assembled a list of the tools that we use to run our businesses. Obviously you won’t need to use them all in order to be successful, but if you have the corresponding need, these tools will make your life much easier.
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Hosting & Domains
They provide what’s known as “Managed WordPress Hosting”. That means they have WordPress setup for you and ready to go, no installation needed. Then, they keep it up-to-date for you. They also provide backups on a daily basis and give you the ability to “mirror” your site if you want to try something new while keeping your current site available to visitors. The websites also load very fast, which is a big plus. They are the highest priced of the hosts I recommend ($29/month), but they’re worth every penny.
Pressable (formerly ZippyKid) is similar to WPEngine with the advantage of being priced quite a bit lower ($25/month for up to five sites). They also provide excellent service. If you want the managed host experience and want to save some money, Pressable is a great choice.
Hover offers a great buying experience and domain management options.
Divi is easily my favourite theme. I currently use it for nearly all my projects. It is well built, mobile optimised, highly flexible and it is no stretch to say it is the best theme i have ever used.
This is one of the biggest marketplaces for themes. I have purchased many from here over the years. You will undoubtedly be able to find a theme for every situation here.
This is a great plugin from Smash Baloon. they have great support and if you need to embed a Facebook feed this plugin does a great job.
Vocus is a plugin for gmail which allows you to schedule emails, get read reciepts, create followup series and set email reminders among many other cool things. it does not have a free tier, but if you just want read reciepts you can get a free version of the mailtrack plugin which is helpful.
Proposal writing is one of those vital parts of your business that is notoriously difficult to automate effectively. Nusii does a great job of this and also gives you great features like online signing.
For my consulting business I use Freshbooks to handle my invoicing. I love it because it handles all my recurring invoices without me having to keep tabs on who is due and when. It has a great interface and they have great customer service.
Mailchimp is a good starting point for mailing lists, while there are other products out there which may be better in certain areas, Mailchimp recently released free autoresponder services and that is a game changer for many people. I use it my self for several personal projects and highly recommend it.
I use Evernote all the time. It is potentially the best note-taking app available today. I use it to draft emails, note ideas that come in the middle of the night, bookmark a recipe i want to come back to. Take meeting notes and more. I highly recommend it.