Tools I Use
Domain name registrars
Namecheap is highly rated domain name registrar. Their services are of very high quality and cost-effective at the same time. We have over 100 domains registered with Namecheap and highly recommend them.
Web hosting providers
This is our goto hosting since last 2 years. For smaller sites with moderate traffic, this hosting wins on every front. The quality of the support is unmatched, not to mention their friendliness. We had very few issues with them, which they solved very quickly.
Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting. It provides unmatched performance like WP Engine and Kinsta but at a lower cost. This website is hosted on Cloudways and you can see for yourself, it is very fast.
Bluehost is also a great web hosting for smaller websites with moderate traffic. Like Siteground their quality of servers and support is top-notch. We prefer Siteground over Bluehost just because we found Siteground little faster. But in case, selecting Bluehost won’t at all be a mistake.
Dreamhost is one of the hosting which is recommended by WordPress. The quality of infrastructure they provide is quite good and support is responsive. They also provide you with managed WordPress which can support big enough traffic.
We have used Inmotion hosting long back. Their servers are of higher quality and support is good. Price point is also comfortable for a new business. We have used their reseller package back in the day and were very happy with the service. Since then we stopped providing hosting as our package. Hence, we veered away from Inmotion.
WP Engine is managed WordPress hosting. In managed hosting, you absolutely don’t have to worry about the security issues, backup issues or anything else. Just do what you are good at and leave technicalities of hosting to them. My website was on WP Engine till last year and there were zero issues.
Like WP Engine, Kinsta is also a managed WordPress hosting. This website is hosted on Kinsta. Kinsta is wee bit faster than WP Engine in my honest opinion. And the support is superlative and friendly. A big thumbs up if you want to go with Kinsta.
WordPress page builders
Elementor is our goto page builder for WordPress. We have literally built hundreds of websites on Elementor. The quality of the widgets and the sheer quantity of them makes Elementor a no-brainer choice as a page builder.
Divi is available as both a page builder and a theme. You can use Divi page builder with any theme. We have stopped using Divi because we found Elementor better suited to our needs. However, if you decide to go with Divi, you won’t be disappointed. They keep on improving the page builder regularly, which makes it a good choice.
Email marketing tools
Aweber is a time tested email marketing tool with very good deliverability. The feature set is quite good and the tool is designed in a way that a beginner can start using it easily. There is very little learning curve associated with Aweber.
Kartra is not just an email marketing tool. But it is a complete marketing machine. You can do email marketing, funnel building, landing pages, create memberships, set-up help desk, upload marketing videos and much more. The learning curve is bit higher and if you are looking at just email marketing then Kartra would be an overkill.
Kartra is a complete marketing machine. You can do email marketing, funnel building, landing pages, create memberships, set-up help desk, upload marketing videos and much more. For a marketing person who is looking at an all-in-one solution that works perfectly, then Kartra is no-brainer.
Course creation platform
You can create memberships within Kartra. Create different membership levels and associate different pricing points to each level. You can also create monthly plans, split payment plans, one-off payment plan with ease in Kartra.
Podia is the simplest tool I have ever used to create courses and membership. While I have shifted everything to Kartra because I need the other functionalities provided by it. But when you are starting out, Podia provides you the best solution. The price point is also quite comfortable for new business.