Are you looking to start an awesome website like Narrow Bridge Finance? Lucky for you, I don’t keep my tools a secret. Here are the tools I use to run all of my websites. Every signup through this page helps support Narrow Bridge Finance and my efforts to keep this site going.
Running a Website
I have used GoDaddy since I started running websites about five years ago. I keep all of my domains there due to the reasonable prices and easy interface.
Basic Hosting: HostGator
For my smaller sites, I keep every site on HostGator. The prices are great for new blogs, starting under $4 per month. They offer unlimited bandwidth and domains on the plan I use. I have all of my non-money sites on Hostgator because the prices are so great.
Premium Hosting: LiquidWeb
This host and my other money-making sites are hosted on LiquidWeb. For serious sites, discount hosting doesn’t always cut it. I moved to LiquidWeb for the “heroic support,” which has saved my butt on more than one occasion, and their nearly 100% up time. I can rest easy knowing my money-making business sites are hosted at LiquidWeb. My plan on LiquidWeb costs $15 per month and includes all of the bandwidth and storage I need for my sites with room to grow.
Current Theme: Genesis Framework
For all of my sites, I use the Genesis Framework. Genesis, coupled with a premium child theme, is the easiest way to build professional, highly customization friendly websites. With built-in SEO tools and add-ons to build beautiful sliders, custom image areas, and styles, I highly suggest Genesis for almost any WordPress based site.
Theme Alternative: Thesis Theme
For a long time, I used The Thesis Theme for WordPress for all of my sites. Thesis is built for people who know their way around a theme, and it is packed with incredibly powerful features. It has powerful SEO options, dynamic options for columns, headers, and colors.
Logo: 99 Designs
I had my logo designed with a contest at 99 Designs. More than 20 designers submitted over 100 logo designs. I worked with the designers to pick the one I liked best and used the useful tools to provide feedback and poll my friends. I highly recommend 99 Designs for any logo or graphic project for your blog, website, or print needs.
Business Cards: Moo.com
Moo Cards offers an easy-to-use platform to build your own high quality, custom business cards exactly the way you want. Whether you are looking for the stand-out Moo Mini cards or something more traditional, Moo can handle whatever you need.
Affiliate Link Management: Pretty Link Pro
Anytime I write about a company I believe in, I want a link to that site that will earn me money. Pretty Link Pro handles the hard part. If I use a specific company name or keyword, Pretty Link Pro automatically inserts an affiliate link to make me money on the referral. I can also easily update links site-wide with a simple form.