Toolbox of Recommended Resources

Blue Toolbox - Recommended Resources

I thought it might be helpful to create a toolbox of resources for your easy reference. Some I believe are the bare minimum requirements to functioning online as a business. And yet others are recommended as they might be a useful tool for you.

Each one of the tools in this toolbox I have personally used for my business and recommend without hesitation.

It’s important to note some of these tools have affiliate links which might earn me a commission. I recommend these tools because I value them and use them personally.

Domain Names

  • NameCheap: Domain registrar with easy process, full set of features, privacy security and great prices.Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

Web Hosting

  • HostGator: Full features, easy setups, and responsive tech support (Coupon Code for 25% Off on Sign-up = BlueLobster25)

Blogging – WordPress

  • WordPress: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform.  It’s Free and customizes very easily with great support.  You can find many free themes to get started here as well.
  • ThemeForest: individual themes of top notch quality used on 1000′s of websites. (Select WordPress menu item)Theme Forest - Premium WordPress Themes
  • CodeCanyon: some of the best premium WordPress plugins to add instant functionality to your website. (Select WordPress menu item)Code Canyon - Premium WordPress Plugins
  • Free WordPress Training & Tutorials:
    • WPBeginner.com: WordPress Beginner’s 101 tutorials are free and highly recommended.
    • iThemes.com: A WordPress theme and development company with another free set of 101 video tutorials.  Also offer a free ebook “Getting Started with WordPress”
  • Premium WordPress Training:
    • How to Start a Blog That Matters: the best video learning material if you’re starting from scratch, and includes a 90-day blog action plan. 
    • 31 Days to Build a Better Blog: A wonderful ebook resource that takes you from zero-to-blogging in 1 month (or at your own pace).  Provides a daily task, teaching & further readings.

Email Marketing

  • Mailchimp: the top email marketing software on the internet.

ECommerce Store

  • BigCommerce: All-in-one, easy to use, SEO, sell on eBay, Facebook, iPhone/iPad, marketing tools and more.  15 day free trial and no credit card required.