I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that includes my favorite books and blogging tools. I’ll be adding to this page in the future.
Please note: Some of the links below are affiliate links to products that will earn me a commission. These are all things that I have experience with and personally use. I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I trust, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products.
Blogging & Hosting:
WordPress.org – I love WordPress and it’s no wonder it’s the #1 Blog Publishing Platform. It is literally limitless in its capabilities. WordPress is totally free with wonderful support. All of my blogs use WordPress.
WordPress Plugins – Download any plugins, widgets, or customizable elements for your WordPress blog.
Thesis – I spend a lot of time designing websites and I always come back to Thesis for its awesome performance. Whether you use it straight out of the box or uniquely customized, it is the most powerful theme I have seen. It has built-in SEO awesomeness and a fabulous support forum. It’s incredibly popular for countless reasons whether used for personal or business sites.
GoDaddy – We buy all our domain names through GoDaddy. At last count, we have 21 domain names through GoDaddy. We have not found a more affordable and high quality alternative for domain name registration.
Lunar Pages – We’ve been using Lunar Pages since 2002 and we have zero complaints. Their customer service is excellent. One time I managed to crash my blog and the Lunar Pages rep helped troubleshoot what I did and got me back online super fast.
Publishing & Selling:
E-Junkie – A shopping cart for selling digital products. It’s compatible with all the major payment gateways. Very low price to use and also comes with a nice affiliate program for your products. You can also sign up as an affiliate for other people’s products and make commissions selling other people’s products.
PayPal – It’s pretty close to impossible to work in a world of buying and selling digital products without having a PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, just bite the bullet and sign up now.
Lulu – Don’t want to go for a digital products? Lulu is a great place to self-publish your book, make calendars, photo books, and more. I’ve helped publish five different books through Lulu and it’s a great service.