I have created this resource page to list out the tools and websites that I think can be of great value to your website or business.
Let me state up-front that Freelancing Wiz has financial relationships with certain merchants mentioned on this site. This means that I get to earn a small commission if you make a purchase through one of the affiliate links on this website. Needless to add, this will not be at any additional cost to you.
I hope you do understand that running a website incurs a substantial monthly cost and the income generated through these affiliate links will help me maintain the standards of my blog at a level that will provide genuine value to my readers. I will never recommend any product or service whose quality I haven’t tested personally or used on my blog.
Getting Started With Website Hosting
I have been using Hostgator for this website. It offers a great value for money proposition, has a solid support system (extremely crucial for your peace of mind) and it’s super easy to get your website up and running with their one-click installation for WordPress.
Bluehost is another great option, bundling together reliability and cost-effectiveness. For a new site, one can start out with the Bluehost standard plan and if you see a good growth in traffic numbers (like more than 7-8k in a day), you can consider shifting over to Optimized Hosting plan for WordPress.
WPEngine is another great option, if you have the budget in hand to absorb this expense (the personal plan starts at $29/month), especially if you want to leave the technical side of the things off your radar. Its worth to point out that WPEngine is considered one of the best in the managed WordPress hosting space.
Buying A Domain Name
I’ve bought mine from GoDaddy but you can also go for Namcheap or Hostgator. There are many deals being offered by these companies and sometimes you can get the first year for as low as $1. So, check out these websites and compare their offers and go for the best deal that you can get your hands on!
Make Your Website Look Professional
Who doesn’t want a website that has killer looks and awesome layout. Needless to add, a good looking website adds to your credibility too.
You can see the Genesis Framework at work on this website. Genesis has a huge fan following among the designers and developers owing to a vast repository of awesome looking themes (I am using the Atmosphere Pro from Studiopress), SEO optimization, ease of customization and a great support system.
Divi from Elegant Themes is another great option for building a great looking website. Powered by the Divi Builder, what you get is an intuitive front end editor with a drag and drop functionality. So, you just have to click and type and see all the changes instantly in real time. At a price of $89/year, all the themes, plugins, support, and updates are yours to use. Sounds good to me!