Are you looking to start an awesome website like Narrow Bridge Finance? Lucky for you, I don't keep my tools a secret. Here are the tools I use to run all of my websites. Every signup through this page helps support Narrow Bridge Finance and my efforts to keep this site going.
Running a Website
I have used GoDaddy since I started running websites about five years ago. I keep all of my domains there due to the reasonable prices and easy interface.
Basic Hosting: HostGator
For my smaller sites, I keep every site on HostGator. The prices are great for new blogs, starting under $4 per month. They offer unlimited bandwidth and domains on the plan I use. I have all of my non-money sites on Hostgator because the prices are so great.
Premium Hosting: LiquidWeb
I have trusted LiquidWeb as a host for my money-making sites. For serious sites, discount hosting doesn't always cut it. I moved to LiquidWeb for the “heroic support,” which has saved my butt on more than one occasion, and their nearly 100% up time. I can rest easy knowing my money-making business sites are hosted at LiquidWeb. My plan on LiquidWeb costs $15 per month and includes all of the bandwidth and storage I need for my sites with room to grow.
Super Premium Hosting: Media Temple
When you need the best, most reliable hosting, look no further than Media Temple. This site is hosted with Media Temple's managed WordPress hosting, which leaves the difficult parts of server management to Media Temple so I can focus on what's important: my website. The basic managed WordPress plan is $30 per month and includes three sites.
Current Theme: Genesis Framework
For all of my sites, I use the Genesis Framework. Genesis, coupled with a premium child theme, is the easiest way to build professional, highly customization friendly websites. With built-in SEO tools and add-ons to build beautiful sliders, custom image areas, and styles, I highly suggest Genesis for almost any WordPress based site.
Theme Alternative: Thesis Theme
For a long time, I used The Thesis Theme for WordPress for all of my sites. Thesis is built for people who know their way around a theme, and it is packed with incredibly powerful features. It has powerful SEO options, dynamic options for columns, headers, and colors.
Logo: 99 Designs
I had my logo designed with a contest at 99 Designs. More than 20 designers submitted over 100 logo designs. I worked with the designers to pick the one I liked best and used the useful tools to provide feedback and poll my friends. I highly recommend 99 Designs for any logo or graphic project for your blog, website, or print needs.
Business Cards: Moo.com
Moo Cards offers an easy-to-use platform to build your own high quality, custom business cards exactly the way you want. Whether you are looking for the stand-out Moo Mini cards or something more traditional, Moo can handle whatever you need.
Affiliate Link Management: Pretty Link Pro
Anytime I write about a company I believe in, I want a link to that site that will earn me money. Pretty Link Pro handles the hard part. If I use a specific company name or keyword, Pretty Link Pro automatically inserts an affiliate link to make me money on the referral. I can also easily update links site-wide with a simple form.