I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for your online marketing needs. This list will change and grow as new technology and services come out so I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.
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Google Chrome: Right now, the best web browser on the market.
Building your Website
- Namecheap: My preferred domain registrar. They have an easy to use interface and their prices are hard to beat in the long run.
- Hostgator: Inexpensive yet reliable website hosting.
- Themeforest: Hands down the best place to buy WordPress themes.
- Gravityforms: This is my go-to plugin for creating forms. You can build anything from a basic contact form to a complex quiz or even an online store with Gravity.
- Sucuri – These guys are the best when it comes to security for your website. Antivirus protection, firewalls, malware cleaning, these are my go to guys for security.
- Lastpass – Strong passwords are vital today and Lastpass helps you keep track of them.
- Are you a Robot – Another first-line-of-defense plugin that uses Google’s recaptcha technology to sniff out automated attacks on your login page.
- Limit Login Attempts – This sweet little plugin does exactly what it says: limits the login attempts on your site. If someone is trying to guess your password and fails, it locks them out. It’s a great first line of defense against brute force attacks.
- Moz – Moz has the best tools and information for search engine optimization.
Photos and Graphics
- Flickr – A great resource for copyright friendly photos.
- Pexels – One of my favorite places to search for usable and free photos. The quality on Pexels is great because they pull photos from other high end stock photo providers.
- Canva – This tool is probably the easiest way to create graphics for social media and you website. The photo sizes are always optimized for the platform you are creating for and the design help is the best. Plus they have a great iPad app.
- Photoshop Express Editor – These guys have some more robust editing tools if you need more creative freedom with your photos.