Working with clients I often hear the same questions about where to go for WordPress hosting, domain registration, theme choices and email marketing. Here are some of the products I use for my own business and when working with clients.
Full disclosure – for some of the products listed here I am an affiliate partner which means if you click on one of the links and sign-up for their product or service I may be compensated for recommending it. Thank you!
Hosting & Domain Registration:
www.wpengine.com – A premium web hosting company, starting at $300 per year for one WordPress site. They provide very fast site speeds, excellent support, and strong security for your site. This site is hosted with WP Engine.
www.godaddy.com – One of the most affordable for domain registration, especially if you plan to register multiple domains. They do not have a toll-free number for support, but offer 24/7 phone support and extensive on-line help.
Choosing a theme can be overwhelming. I recommend clients take some time to review a variety of different theme styles so they can find one that best fits the content of their website. Here are few sources for theme designs:
www.wordpress.org/themes/ – Many free themes and some premium themes are available with the option to filter searches using specific design preferences.
Studio Press Themes: Sign up for a WP Engine plan and receive the Genesis Framework and 35+ StudioPress Themes free!
www.constantcontact.com – Email marketing, surveys and social media campaigns, with a free 60-day trial. I’ve been using Constant Contact for many years and their product always works. The support is excellent, with many free marketing resources and tutorials readily available on their website.