MOST RECOMMENDED SITES
Paletton – For designers and website owners, a color scheme creation tool.
Fiverr – Mentioned in our list twice, this site is useful for finding a contractor to help you with data entry, writing, logo creation and more – for around $6 per job.
Flippa.com – A great way to learn about how others go about building successful websites, and it’s a place to bid on excellent income generating online businesses. We have used it to purchase a site before, too. : )
Nomad.Network – Get inspiration and network with people who live a nomadic, tech lifestyle. Simply put, this is a sleek forum where you’ll be inspired, find free Wifi all over the world, and meet gentle, kind people who travel and work from their laptop.
WEBSITE HOSTING AND BLOGGING TOOLS
Namecheap.com – I use this service personally and enjoy their customer service. Whenever I have any question, no matter how technical, they have someone that is willing to assist. Their domains are priced competitively, around $12 for a .com and their hosting is around $40 a year for the shared plan.
How to Migrate / Transfer WordPress to a New Host – This is an excellent tutorial by WordPress Guides Company, highly recommended during your initial transfer of a site from one user to another, or just to another host. The tutorial should be followed closely.
WP-DB Backup WP Plugin – An excellent choice for backing up your database files prior to transferring a WP site.
Better Search and Replace WP Plugin – If you had any issues with the SQL database transfer as I did once, you can use the search and replace plugin to change any url’s within the database pointing to the former domain name.
WP Migrate DB WP Plugin – An optional plugin you may also need.
Filezilla FTP software – Free FTP software that remembers your site and your FTP logins for easy uploads to your host.
Lynda.com – An outstanding library of educational movies and tutorials, much like college except at the computer. In 2015, Lynda’s new interface is much easier and faster to use to track courses and get new knowledge for the work you do.
Codrops.com – Inspirations for CSS and much more.
Codepen.com – Inspiration, live code editor and realtime preview. For people who hate not being able to see the results of a change in CSS while in WordPress, this site is stable and saves your codes. Highly recommend it to anyone looking to practice CSS for their web work.
Recommended courses to take:
- CSS fundamentals and CSS selectors – important for all modern websites.
- Foundations of Programming with Simon Allardice – one-of-a-kind online class on programming.
- Article writing
AffiliateWindow – This affiliate service is neat, professional and has a few great companies that may fit a niche site you own.
Shareasale – Although I’ve had less success with Shareasale, I mention it because I have found ads that fit well with the content on my sites. It may be advisable to start with the 100 Top Selling affiliate advertisers first, then experiment with less known brands.
Paypal.com: With the newly updated interface in 2015, Paypal has become a bit more friendly to use for payments and sending payments.
In case you are running out of time at home to write on your own, professional writers can be a big help to manage several websites at a time.
Fiverr.com – A mix of value and great writing. It requires a bit of searching, but there’s gems of talent on Fiverr that will be happy to assist in writing your toughest assignments.
Textbroker.com – This is my favorite site for fast results. Since the content on TB has to be grabbed from a queue, there are always highly motivated writers wanting a good assignment. I found Level 4 writing to produce the best results, while Level 3 writing has not always been spot-on. Be sure to review all the writing you purchase via TB and Fiverr.
Hirewriters.com – A low cost content site with some good quality writers. Be sure to review your writers’ work before accepting and feel comfortable sending requests for corrections, even for small spelling errors.
TIME SAVING WORDPRESS PLUGINS
Long Tail Pro
SEMRush.com – This is an outstanding tool we use for keyword research. It is very fast and gets lots of usable keyword results.
KWfinder.com – We use it to find good keywords and compare them using other suites like Jaaxy.
Jaaxy – What’s nice about Jaaxy is it allows you to do some free searches, so you could create an account and get some good keywords with low competition in just a few searches. I started a few sites recently using the keywords found using this keyword research platform. It is simpler and easier than most other platforms.
Moz Tools – Useful, comprehensive but they are expensive. We do not currently use Moz tools.
Seo Book Keyword Suggestion Tool
IMAGES & PHOTOS
Canva – This service makes it easy to create a simple and interesting graphic for a new blog post on the go. Just grab a photo you like and set up a professional looking graphic. The different templates for Facebook banners, Instagram pictures, and more helps it become the one-stop shop for all kinds of fast graphic needs.
Photoshop – There is still no replacement for this advanced photo and artistic suite. We enjoy using Photoshop for personal projects as well as for professional website work, which PSD accomplishes exceptionally well.
PhotoDropper WordPress Plugin – This plugin is outdated and no longer supported by its developer, but highly useful for faster access to Flickr’s Creative Commons images. Basically, if you want to use an image someone else took, you need to go to the Flickr page, read the license information and provide a link back to the author (in most cases, but not all). Even broken, it makes finding an image much faster for me.
EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS & MARKETING
Google Adwords: If you want to begin advertising on Google, you can select keywords and locations and you pay each time someone clicks on your advertisement.
Google Analytics: Google’s free website analysis tool – it provides simple and highly advanced ways to learn more about your visitors and cater to their needs.
Limit Login Attempts WordPress Plugin – Limits the number of login attempts to your WordPress control panel (yoursite.com/wp-admin/)
Updraft Backup WordPress Plugin – This is a must-have for anyone who tinkers with their CSS, PHP, theme, or plugin. No one wants their site to go down over a silly coding mistake, be sure to create a backup as soon as you upload content to your site. Then setup a schedule for backups. The version I use is free and it is sufficient.
Envato – This is a large website comprised of a massive user base of artists, programmers, web designers and even musicians. If you need some kind of audio or visual work done, this place has a lot of people you can hire. Plus, there are places like Themeforest and Audiojungle which provide WordPress themes and soundtracks for your videos. It’s pretty cool!
Upwork – Another service for hiring professionals to work on your site, logos, software and much, much more.
GOOD FOR THE EYES
ColorVeil by Aurelify – This is an indispensable screen brightness FREE software used to prevent eye strain. I highly recommend it and use it frequently during long work days. They’ve done a kindness to people by making it available to download freely, as so many of us use very bright screens.
ExpertLaw.com – When needing legal advice, there are forums that will dispense a lot of knowledge to your simple business related questions.
Screencast-o-Matic – screen capture software with incredible features.
Omnidazzle – draw right onto your screen (it’s free).
SplashEO – Create beautiful video introduction and outros for your Youtube or Vimeo videos.
Mint Bills – For tracking bills and income on the go.
Adsense – For tracking Adsense income on the go.
Fracta Pro – Nice backgrounds!
WordPress – Okay app to make changes when you can’t get to a computer.
Skype – Useful to continue conversations with coworkers about websites.
Go outside and take a break from the computer, spend time with family
Go outside and help a neighbor
Paper and Pen
A Large Whiteboard (24 inches by 24 inches) and Erasable Markers
A Clear Workspace
Another Space Away From the Computer
These are a few of the traits I believe are vital to much of the work that I do on the web and off the web. Applying even one trait will make life much more enjoyable for both you and others. I encourage you to practice even one of the virtues below and read the scriptures – be an example of being good for others: