Website Essentials

All you need to start your website, blog or e-commerce site.

Hosting

Your website needs to be hosted by a company you can trust and feel comfortable with.
We recommend Bluehost and Siteground.

BLUEHOST

Bluehost is one of the most powerful and reliable hosting services you can find. Their customer service is pretty good and they will help when things go wrong (because they always do!). Bluehost is a great hosting service for bloggers just getting self hosted and small business just getting started. Bigger plans are available but for that  we recommend Siteground.

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Web Hosting

SITEGROUND

Siteground is a really amazing hosting service. We use it with all our website clients and we have never had any complaints. Hosting at Siteground is completely safe and their cpanel is easy to use. They also provide lots of emails and an easy to access email inbox which can be forwarded to your gmail. The customer service is top notch! We love siteground.

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Website Themes

Your new website needs a theme that you can build upon. There are literally thousands of themes out there but our favorite is DIVI and its famous DIVI Builder. All our sites and client sites and built with DIVI by Elegant Themes. Nevertheless, DIVI isn't for everyone so we also recommend some other resources.

ELEGANT THEMES

Having an Elegant Themes subscription gets you more than just DIVI. Inside your Elegant Themes subscription there is a great social media sharing plugin and a powerful email provider. In terms of themes, DIVI is not the only theme available, albeit it is our favorite. Extra is another great theme too. A one year subscription gets you all the updates for all their services for the whole year. We recommend getting a lifetime subscription that way you never have to worry about things breaking.

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Divi WordPress Theme

DIVI

The DIVI Theme is one of the best drag and drop website builders out there. It is pretty simple to use and if we build your website, we will teach you how to use it when you need to update something. DIVI comes with the DIVI Builder which is how the drag and drop works. Websites can be built from the backend or with the visual builder, which makes it even easier to maintain a good website nowadays. If you are wondering what  DIVI website looks like, you are in one!

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THEME FOREST

Theme Forest is part of the Envato realm. There are hundreds of available themes for all sorts of sites. At Theme Forests you will find themes for e-commerce sites, dedicated food sites, blogs, and more. There are high end themes like Avada with drag and drop builders and other themes with less customization capabilities. The theme you choose will depend on the type of site you want to build. All themes have live demos to try out and look around. Theme Forest is one of the most well known and respected theme stores available. You will definitely find a good theme here.

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CREATIVE MARKET

Theme Forest is part of the Envato realm. There are hundreds of available themes for all sorts of sites. At Theme Forests you will find themes for e-commerce sites, dedicated food sites, blogs, and more. There are high end themes like Avada with drag and drop builders and other themes with less customization capabilities. The theme you choose will depend on the type of site you want to build. All themes have live demos to try out and look around. Theme Forest is one of the most well known and respected theme stores available. You will definitely find a good theme here.

GET A THEME FOREST THEME

Email Providers

Every small business needs an email provider, for getting subscribers, sending out newsletters and creating a good client base. A good email service will make or break your business and some are better than others. Our favorites are mailerlite and convertkit but mailchimp is getting better with time. If you have an Elegant Themes subscription, then you have access to their Bloom email service which is quite good as well.

MAILERLITE

Mailerlite is a great option as an email provider. It's FREE to start with until you have 2000 subscribers, and upgrading is not too complicated or expensive. There are quite a few possibilities with segmentation and tags to organize your subscribers as well as a pretty powerful automation system.

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CONVERTKIT

Convertkit is one of the favorite email providers of small businesses that already have a lot of subscribers. The segmentation and tagging properties are pretty impressive and quite a lot can be accomplished with this system. Convertkit is a bit more expensive than other email providers and doesn't have a free option but a lot of entrepreneurs swear by it!

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