Below is a list of recommended resources to help you with the digital spectrum of your business/venture. I personally use most of them, and others I recommend because I’ve read good reviews about them.
Quick disclosure; I am affiliated with some of the companies on the list – this means that I’ll get a commission if you decide to purchase any of the paid tools/resources. (at no extra cost)
I’ll continue to update this list as I come across new resources that can help you! ☺️
A website platform is the structure on which your website or blog is built. Web Owl Digital runs on WordPress.org
My top recommendation for a website or blogging platform is pretty obvious – it’s WordPress.org.
For as long as I’ve been building websites, I’ve only been using WordPress. It is also the most popular and widely used website platform today.
WordPress.com is a free hosted blogging platform, it is not the same as WordPress.org. You can read this article by WPBeginner to help you understand the difference – how are wordpress.com and wordpress.org related.
Web hosting is where your website “lives” on the internet. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best
web hosting providers below. You can purchase a domain along with your hosting, or you can purchase it from the recommended domain registrars above.
Bluehost is a popular and reliable hosting provider, I do host one of my other websites with them.
DreamHost is another popular web host, they’re one of the top 10 best web hosts according to QuickSprout.
I’ve used Hostgator in the past, their customer service is good and honestly never had any issues with their services.
A theme is the look and feel of your website or blog. There are tons of free and premium themes available, check out the recommendations below.
Astra is a free, clean and flexible WordPress theme, it’s perfect for anyone creating their first website. It’s compatible with the Elementor page builder, which is also free. The duo will make it super easy to build your website from scratch.
Hestia is a free multipurpose WordPress theme, there is an option to upgrade to the premium version. However, the free version has all the functions you need to get started. (Also integrates with the Elementor page builder.)
Themeforest is a marketplace which has a wide variety of premium themes to choose from.
A page builder can help you create stunning websites without having to know any code. Building a website doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg!
Gutenberg is pretty awesome, it is the page builder that comes with WordPress. It is not as simple to use like Elementor or Divi.
Divi is a premium WordPress theme that allows you to create a website from scratch using their drag and drop page builder.
Elementor is a drag and drop page builder for WordPress. It’s got a user-friendly interface, making it dead simple to build dynamic websites. (free version available)
Visual Composer allows you to create professional websites the ‘code-free’ way, also a page builder for WordPress. (free version available)
Beaver Builder offers the same seamless website building experience as the other page builders mentioned above! (free version available)
Email Marketing Tools & Services
Email marketing is one of the most overlooked but very important form of marketing. With email marketing, you are able to build relationships with your audience and keep them up to date with what you have to offer. Check out the email marketing recommendations below.
Aweber is one of the best and most popular email marketing tools to help you build and grow your email list. You can try Aweber for free and upgrade when necessary.
Mailchimp is an all one marketing platform focused on email marketing. You can start can grow your email list up to 2k subscribers without paying a dime. (It comes with limitations of course.)
GetResponse is one of the best email marketing services, recommended by the best marketers online. With GetResponse you can grow your email list up to 500 subscribers for free. (limitations – but it’s a start)
ConvertKit is recommended by the experts in the industry. If you’re really serious about email marketing and if you’re more of an experienced marketer, then ConvertKit is the way to go. You can have a list of 300 subs for free.
Graphic Design Tools
You may need to design logos, brand assets social media graphics etc. Check out the recommendations below.
Canva is a user-friendly, non-techie graphic design platform that’s used to design social media graphics, presentations and other visual content.
99 Designs is a graphic design service which allows you to work with professional graphic designers from the around the world to build your brand.
Fiverr is an online marketplace which offers freelance services, graphic design being one of the most popular services. You can have a professional logo and other visual content designed for $5, hence ‘Fiverr’.
In order to stay productive and organised I recommend a couple of tools to help you achieve this. See the list below.
Google Keep allows you to create to-do lists, set reminders on the go and stay organised. (free with a Google Account.)
With Google Docs you can create and edit text documents for free. No need for premium software. (free with a Google Account.)
Create spreadsheets effortless with Google Sheets, it works just as good as Excel, and it’s free! Try it! (free with a Google Account.)
Create beautiful presentations with Google Slides, at no cost. (free with a Google Account.)
With Google Forms you can create forms, questionnaires and surveys. (free with a Google Account.)
Check out the list below of services you can use to make extra money from your website or blog.
With Google Adsense you can earn extra income from your website by publishing relevant ads from Google Advertisers. (It doesn’t cost you anything.)
Monetise your website traffic with Amazon Associates when you recommend products you love to your audience.
PC Optimisation Tools
Keep your PC performing at its best with the PC optimisation tools listed below.
CCleaner is one of the best tools used for cleaning your PC. It makes your PC faster and protects your privacy.
Advanced SystemCare is an awesome software that I’ve been using for a while now. It scans, repairs, cleans up junk files, malware and boosts your PC performance. They have freemium and premium options.