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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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.
Vultr Cloud Hosting
By far, some of the cheapest, yet quality web hosting you’ll find. After years of shared hosting, I grew sick of slow websites. Fundamentally, you need a fast website host to have a fast website. Enter Vultr.
With plans as cheap as $2.50/month, Vultr offers scale-as-you-grow website hosting. Built-in analytics tools in combination with one-click WordPress installs equals one of my favorite website hosting providers.
SEMrush SEO Tools
I’ve been a customer with SEMrush since 2019, and I can honestly say that their SEO tools have helped me grow my online presence to where it is today.
While I primarily use SEMrush to conduct keyword research, they have a ton of other SEO tools to help grow your website. SEMrush offers everything from website audits to brand monitoring and social media posting to social media tracking and more.
I’ll admit, SEMrush is quite expensive, but if you’re serious about growing your website or online business, it’s worth every penny. Learn how you can get a free trial here.
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.
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.
Namecheap SSL Certificates
My go-to place for getting my SSL certificates is Namecheap. If you never heard of Namecheap before, I’m happy to be the one to introduce them.
While Namecheap provides hosting and domain name registration (all of which I’ve used in the past), their speciality is SSL certificates. Starting at just $7.88/year, Namecheap offers dozens of different SSL certificates, all of which secure your website with HTTPS.
Need help installing your SSL certificate? Check out my video tutorial on installing an SSL certificate on Namecheap.
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 template 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!