The following is a list of recommended resources to build, maintain and grow your business online. It's the same tools that I use personally.

I've been working online for many years and have tried several tools. This list represents the best combination between functionality, features, usability, affordability and good customer support.

Build Your Website

Domain Registration

Registering a domain is the first step. Use a domain registrar like NameCheap to find out what domain names are available and to register your preferred name.


You'll find many people promoting webhosts like Bluehost and HostGator. When I first started out, I used Hostgator… and it was ok initially, but then my sites got hacked, not once, or twice, but four times... and it was during those times that I realized how lousy their support was.

I now use Siteground… it’s much much better, their support is stellar, and it is a higher value for your dollar.

WordPress Website Builder & Conversion-Focus Plugins

Thrive Themes offers a full suite of WordPress plugins and themes that allow you to quickly create beautiful, professional-looking, conversion-focused websites, without the need for design experience or understanding coding.

I use them for my own websites as well as building websites for my clients. The suite includes all of the following:

  • Thrive Theme Builder - The next generation visual Theme Builder for WordPress. Build, edit and customize every aspect of your WordPress website in WYSIWYG fashion.
  • Thrive Architect - visual drag and drop WYSIWYG WordPress page builder and content editor.
  • Thrive Optimize - enables full A/B split testing and conversion tracking right within your own site
  • Thrive Leads - an all-in-one conversion-focused lead generation and opt-in form plugin for WordPress
  • Thrive Ovation - is a testimonial manager allowing you to get detailed and persuasive testimonials on auto-pilot
  • Thrive Apprentice - allows you to create and manage online courses
  • Thrive Quiz Builder - allows you to create fully customized online quizzes that allow you to gain valuable visitor insights
  • Thrive Ultimatum - creates deadline countdown timers, recurring countdowns, or evergreen campaigns
  • Thrive Comments - is a comments manager that's much more powerful that the default WordPress comment system.
  • Thrive Automator - create smart automations that integrate your WordPress website with your favorite plugins and other online tools and apps.

creating content

SEO Plugin

RankMath is a WordPress SEO (search engine optimization) plugin that can be used to optimize your content to rank better (higher) in search engine result pages. It's similar to SEO WordPress plugins like Yoast and All in One SEO, but better in my opinion.

email marketing

Getresponse - Email Marketing

GetResponse has been around for a long time and is used many people. It integrates very well with most other online software and services.

Accepting online payments

Cart Platform

ThriveCart is simply one of the most elegant and most-loved online cart platforms. It integrates seamlessly with payment processors such as Stripe and PayPal, as well as other online tools such as email marketing services and membership platforms.