I’m gathering here all my favorite resources that helped me launch ad grow Inspired Magazine in the last six years. There are literally thousands of products out there and I did try quite a few of them, but will only include the ones that I personally use and believe they offer top notch functionality, great value, and stellar support. All resources listed here tick all these three boxes. Feel free to ask for advice or leave your opinion in the comments.
Best WordPress Hosting: WP Engine
WordPress is the most popular CMS, even though some people still insist it’s just a blogging platform. The reality is WP is huge and grows every second. And for good reason: it’s powerful, reliable, and extremely flexible. And if you want it to also be secure and super speedy then you need to get hosting from WP Engine, the best hosting company for WP based sites. They offer two months of free hosting and they have a 60-day risk-free trial.
Best WordPress Theme Shop: Elegant Themes
Elegant Themes has been at the forefront of the WP theme clubs for six years! If you become a member you get unlimited access and unlimited use to all of their 87 absolutely amazing WordPress themes for only $69, which is usually the price for only one theme on the other WP theme shops. Their current flagship theme is the amazingly flexible Divi 2.0, which I reviewed here. So you get Divi 2.0 & the other 86 themes for $69. Best deal on the Internet :)
Best Ecommerce Platform: Shopify
This is your best bet if you are looking for a simple ecommerce experience with some visually stunning designs and amazing customer support. I recommend Shopify to all my friends who consider opening an online shop and would really suggest to sign up for their 14-day free trial and take it for a spin.
Further reading: our full review | shop gallery | recommended templates
How-to Development Guides: Website Setup
Robert Mening is WordPress enthusiast, web development geek and a blogger. He has tons of helpful guides on Joomla, Drupal and HTML. His latest guide is about blogging: How to start a blog: 7 Simple Steps.
Find a Reliable Host: Hosting Facts
John Stevens is a web developer & designer who helps small businesses with WordPress design and development. He is also passionate about web hosting and always doing his best to help people find the best and most affordable hosting provider for their blogs and websites.
Best Icon Shop: IconsMind
Nowadays, icons are becoming very important and they are widely used in design projects. Icons Mind is where all the great icons are.
With so many services providing top notch collection of icons, one can easily get overwhelmed. They offer 100 Free iOS 8 Icons as well as Basic and Ultimate packs for over 2083 icons and important to mention none of them is similar to each other :)
WhatTheme is a small tool I created, which returns the template a certain site is using. It’s been dubbed “Shazam for website templates“, which is not far from the truth. It currently works with WordPress, Ghost and Shopify and it recommends the right templates, even when a certain site is not using a commercial theme.
Further reading: WP Tavern review
TemplateMonster has been offering hi quality WP themes since 2006. Currently, there are more than 1,700 WordPress themes in their collection. So, it should be easy for you to find the WP theme that you need whether you want to build a blog, a portfolio website, a web shop or any other website. Also a big fan of their 24/7 support which is available free of charge.
Responsive Website Builder: LiveControl
The combination of responsive design capabilities, ease of use, SEO-friendliness and bundled hosting makes LiveControl a very viable option for those looking for a comprehensive responsive website creation and publishing platform. The designer tool is also fairly easy to use, with an intuitive GUI, and you can add sections to a page simply by clicking a button or the drag-and-drop way.
Further reading: our full review
Full disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and for no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please bear in mind that I personally use all these tools and resources and I recommend them to my friends and now readers, because I consider they’re useful and reliable, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase. I always recommend free tools if there are any good ones in a particular category, and resources that have a free trial option. So please do not spend any money on neither of these products unless you feel they will help you achieve your goals. Thanks.