Here are my favorite tools and resources that I use everyday for my online businesses. Some of them are 100% free while others have premium features that require payment. In any case, I present to you the following tech resources that I’ve tried and tested and recommend to you.
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WPX WordPress Hosting
I recently moved this website and most of my other websites to WPX Hosting. Why? Well because Terry, the founder of WPX, is awesome! But in all seriousness, it’s because WPX uses OpenLiteSpeed web servers, provides unlimited free CDN, and they have near perfect customer ratings.
Most importantly, after switching my websites to WPX, I saw a noticeable decreases in page load times across the board which is good for both the visitor and me.
While I love WordPress, it falls short when complete control over the design of your website is necessary. Elementor solves this by allowing you to create beautiful pages and entire websites using their drag and drop website builder.
I’ve tested out quite a few websites builders, and none were as feature-rich and easy to use as Elementor. While there is a free version, I recommend going with Elementor Pro to have access to their entire library of design features.
GeneratePress WordPress Theme
This light-as-a-feather WordPress theme is only 30 KB in size. If that means nothing to you, just know it’s SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT. I even made a video about this.
A big push by Google in 2020 is site speed. Having a non-bloated WordPress theme is now critical to ranking on Google search. GeneratePress is built with SEO in mind from the ground up. It’s for all of these reasons that all of my WordPress websites use GeneratePress.
All of my domain names are registered with Google Domains. Dot com domain names start at just $12/year. Other premium top-level domain names like .tech and .guru are priced a bit more, but still very reasonable.
When you buy a domain with Google Domains, you get free privacy protection and full access to Google’s blazing fast domain name servers. Also included is protection from DNS cache poison attacks and DNS spoofing, something that would cost extra with another domain registrar.
How could an online graphic design tool make my list of web hosting resources? Well, simply because I believe the images you put on your website help increase user engagement.
Canva is much more than a glorified “Microsoft Paint”. With templates for everything from your YouTube channel to Pinterest, Canva is seriously your one-stop-shop for designers and non-designers alike. Need a featured image for your blog post? Create it with Canva in a matter of minutes.
Best of all, most Canva features are free for everyone!
Deals, Discounts, and FREE Stuff
Everyone loves a good deal! Below you will find some exclusive hosting and plugin deals and discounts that you can take advantage of for your website.
- Perfmatters: use code TONYTEACHESTECH to get 15% off any Perfmatters license
- NitroPack: use code TONYTEACHESTECH to get 5% off NitroPack
- Google Cloud: get $300 in Google Cloud credits
- Vultr: get $100 in Vultr credits
- Linode: get $100 in Linode credits
- DigitalOcean: get $100 in DigitalOcean credits
- Cloudways: use code TONY to get 20% off your first 3 months with Cloudways
- BionicWP: use code TONYTEACHESTECH to get $50 in BionicWP credits