If you’re thinking of starting or already running a digital business, you’ll need to use lots of tools and services for it to run efficiently. You’ll need a domain name and hosting for your website, then you’ll need some free and premium tools and services to help with your day-to-day tasks.
What follows is a list of tools and resources I use to run this website, manage and create content, and earn an income from my sites and services. I hope you find it useful.
- WordPress – Naturally! I use the self-hosted version of WordPress to power my websites.
Domain names and hosting
- Fasthosts – The company I used for buying domains between 2003 and 2017.
- Namecheap – The company I now use to buy and renew domain names.
- WPX Hosting – Excellent hosting service with outstanding support.
- Vidahost – A very good hosting service I use for low-traffic websites and some clients (if they want cheap hosting).
- StudioPress – I’ve used the Genesis Framework for many years and I’m still happy with it. Read a review here. At the moment, I’m using a self-modified version of Sample theme.
- AWeber – There are a lot of options for mailing list software/systems, but this one still works for me.
Affiliate programs and ad networks
If you want free stock photos you can use on your website or blog, check out the three sites listed below. If you’re looking for paid images, check out Shutterstock.
- Pixabay – The first site I visit if I’m looking for a free stock photo.
- Death to Stock – They release a new themed photo pack each month.
- Unsplash – Very similar to Pixabay.
- Flickr – Not a service I use very often these days but when I do, I only use photos with a Creative Commons license that can be used commercially.
Social media automation
Running your business
- G Suite – Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive and email.
- Asana – Project management software that’s simple to use, packed with features and easy on the eye.
- Trello – Board-based project management software.
- Office 365 – Mircosoft’s Office suite of products.
- LastPass – Password management app.
- Google Analytics
- Evernote – Note and information management app.
- Norton – Anti-virus software.