Tools

WEBSITE DOMAIN REGISTRATION

NAMECHEAP

Register your business' name for less with a reputable provider. A part of website security is to keep your domain registration separate from your website hosting - in case your hosting is hacked. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

WEBSITE DOMAIN REGISTRATION

EUKHOST LTD

We have never used eUKhost Ltd, but want to give a suggestion for our UK members. Reviews consistently say they are reliable and affordable with decent customer service.

WEBSITE HOSTS

SITEGROUND

Our #1 pick for website hosting. Siteground provides singularly services just for your WordPress set-up. They also provide hosting for any time of website. With one fee you receive a lot of services, including email.

WEBSITE HOSTS

WP ENGINE

Made specifically for WordPress installs. This is a more expensive option, but their customers love them.

WEBSITE HOSTS

LUXSCI

If you are in US healthcare, then we recommend this HIPAA Compliant product; including hosting, email, chat, and text.

GODADDY

We do not like GoDaddy. Due to the overwhelming issues we've had with the service, we no longer accept clients on GoDaddy. Their website builder is not as advanced or intuitive as other DIY options.

WEBSITE BUILDER

WORDPRESS.ORG

WordPress began as a blogging platform, but has grown to be the most adaptable website builder. It is open source, so if there is a function you need, most likely someone else needed it too and built it. NOTE: This is different from WordPress.com. WordPress.org is downloaded and managed by you on your Website Hosting account.

WEBSITE BUILDERS

WordPress.org + Thrive Themes Architect

WordPress comes with a basic, free setup. The beauty of the platform is that you can customize it. We highly recommend Thrive Themes Architect as your drag-n-drop content builder. You will actually be able to build your website to look the way you want it to look.

WEBSITE BUILDERS

Squarespace

Squarespace is by far the most beautiful DIY website builder that comes with pre-made templates. Their design aesthetic is minimal and modern. The drawbacks are they charge à la carte for services that are standard on other platforms. If you quickly need a website, try Squarespace. But switch platforms by the end of the first year. We do not do any Sqaurespace work - building or updates.

WEBSITE BUILDERS

Wix

Wix has a free option but requires their branding on your website. If your website is for your small business, do not choose this option. Look at the non-branded option when you are comparison shopping. We've had numerous clients lose their entire website. It has been a few years, so we do not know if this is still an issue. We do not do any Wix work.

DESIGN

Canva

Canva is simply amazing for your basic design needs. They began with well-designed social media posts and are constantly growing and adding products; such as business cards, posters, and invitations.

DESIGN

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr is a free online photo editor that is comparable to Photoshop. You won't have all of the functions of Photoshop, but it gets the job done for almost of your web needs.

DESIGN

99 Designs

Your business' branding is crucial to its success and growth. Spend money on it for professional help. If you are on a budget, we recommend 99 Designs to get you started.

ORGANIZATION

Dropbox

Dropbox organizes your files and photos simply and makes them searchable. You can also easily share files with a link.

ORGANIZATION

G Suite

G Suite is a great way to get your team online and able to collaborate digitally from anywhere. If you need to be HIPAA compliant, then you need the Enterprise plan and must configure it to meet HIPAA compliance.

ORGANIZATION

LastPass

The first step to securing your website and online entities is to create unique, complex passwords to all of your accounts. LastPass is a password key chain so you will only need to remember one master password. Also available as a Chrome extension.

ORGANIZATION

Evernote

The ultimate way to keep your bookmarks and 3rd party websites organized. Lots of options on how to save information and makes most things searchable. Also integrates with a lot of other platforms and services.

ORGANIZATION

IFTTT

IFTTT stands for If This Then That. It allows you to toggle platforms so you can schedule actions. You can schedule anything from your social media posts to having your business' lights turn on when you are nearby.

ORGANIZATION

Todoist

Keep your to-do list available on your devices. You can collaborate with others and assign specific tasks. There are plenty of to-do list apps, but we like that Todoist only does one thing and it does it well. Also available as a Chrome extension.

COMMUNICATION

Hubspot Sales

Keep track of who is reading your emails. Provides analytics and shows you when and how many times someone opens your emails. Works with most email platforms. Also available as a Chrome extension.

COMMUNICATION

Skype

Easiest way to set-up a separate business number that you can access from virtually any country. Also available as a Chrome extension.

COMMUNICATION

Google Voice

Easy way to set-up a separate business number that you can access from virtually any country. You can also forward it to any number, which is great if you primarily use your personal mobile for business. Also available as a Chrome extension.

COMMUNICATION

Slack

A valid replacement for email (almost). We get how some view this to be true... we just can't get behind the concept because sometimes only an email will do. Nonetheless, it is a great replacement for instant messaging or text messages with your team. Create a channel for a specific task or project, so communications and documents for it do not get lost in all the other messages.

COMMUNICATION

Mautic

The best free email marketing and contact management software. Integrates with most of the platforms a small business needs. Automated email marketing is included. We recommend the Mautic hosted version.

COMMUNICATION

Mailchimp

Mailchimp is simple and straightforward. If you need to get an email list going right away, start here. The templates look nice and you have basic contact management abilities.

FINANCIAL

Wave Accounting

Financial tools for the small business owner. Create invoices, process credit card payments, and process payroll. The accounting software is free. The invoices integrate a payment button and are mobile-friendly. You can also create and automatically send recurring invoices.

FINANCIAL

Stripe

Easily process online payments online. Accept credit cards with the ease of PayPal, without using PayPal.

FINANCIAL

PayPal

The most comprehensive online financial option. Customers can submit payments with or without a PayPal account. Offers a full financial business suite; including credit cards as well as the ability to create invoices and reports. Automatic recurring invoices is a coming soon feature.