The resource directory offers many of the tools and services that I’m using to build my business. This is a fluid document that has new resources added regularly. Feel free to bookmark my resource page for easy access to the tools and services as you need them.
- WordPress – This is an awesome tool that is so versatile everyone from hobby bloggers to major companies use WordPress to build their blogs and websites. It’s free too!
- Genesis Framework – This is an awesome optimized and efficient base theme for WordPress. Genesis features well over 50 Child Themes that are available and install on top of Genesis Framework for WordPress. They are unique designs, and make building your blog or website easier than ever.
Hosting: I’m going to recommend WPEngine web hosting for most people. They cost a little more, but your site will fly, and they are focused on WordPress. I have tested them and found them to do everything they say they do. In my case, I use my own Virtual Private Server. I have it setup at Netwisp, where I can control the configuration. I can also host your site on my server, if you would prefer to work directly with me.
- CDN(Content Delivery Network): The CDN network clones your website and has it ready on multiple servers around the world. They provide alternate routes for the fastest delivery of information. The base cost of a CDN is around $60/yr and includes a massive amount of data, making this a great value. I use MAXCDN for my needs and configure my clients on the same when I host your site. Check out MaxCDN here.
- Adobe Creative Suite: This is one of the most awesome deals for anyone who needs publishing capability for web and print marketing. Adobe now offers a subscription model to their entire product lineup. You no longer need to worry about buying upgrades because they are automatic, and just about any tool you can imagine is included. I use Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Type Fonts. Other products are available including Illustrator, the latest Adobe PDF, Flash, Edge Tools, and all their Professional Movie making software. If you think about it, having the subscription keeps your monthly costs down, while always running cutting edge software. I’ve had the service for a year, and absolutely love being able to access all of their tools. I just wish I knew how to use more of them.