Site setup - hosting & domains
If you're starting out on a budget, Bluehost lets you build a website for very low cost. It's good for bootstrapping your business without breaking the bank.
WP Engine is the right host if you are serious about website performance. You get a free SSL certificate, fast loading speed, and fantastic website security. Free migrations included.
I buy all my domains at Namecheap. They offer great prices, stable service, and you can get email accounts with your domains too. When I used their support, they were helpful.
WP Mastery is built on Genesis, because it is the best theme framework. Blazingly fast, SEO ready, and secure. That's good enough for me and for most of the projects I'm working on.
If you're looking for a versatile theme builder, Divi is one of the best. The Drag & Drop builder makes it easy to design beautiful websites. You don't need to touch any code.
Thrive Architect page builder allows me to build converting sales and landing pages with ease. No coding, fast loading speed, over 200 templates.
Speed up your WordPress website and improve the user experience of your site. Get more traffic, more conversions and ultimately earn more money.
Integrate Google Analytics with just a few clicks. Over 12 million downloads prove the quality of this free plugin. And the premium version adds even more functions.
Being GDPR compliant is mandatory when your site processes data from EU citizens, e.g. through contact forms. This plugin helps you become compliant and is easy to use.
Probably the best backup service I ever used for WordPress sites. Blogvault does not slow down your website and ensures that you won’t lose your data in case things go sideways. I keep recommending it over and over.
Updraft Plus Backups
Updraft is a solid, free WordPress plugin for backups. It requires more configuration than Blogvault, but is reliable and easy to use.
WebARX is my preferred WordPress security site. It is a cloud-based security system that protects your website from hackers and automated attacks. It is super secure and does not slow down my websites at all.