Resources & Tutorials
Like our websites? Want to learn how we build them? We get asked about how we build our websites, so we decided to offer free training on it.
We have a particular process we use when building our websites. We are working on putting together training videos - we will release details on that soon.
For now, if you want to learn about the tools we use, read on.
Note: Giving away our secrets won't help us stay in business, so to help compensate for this, we have some affiliate links in this section. They won't cost you anything, all it does is shows we referred you and we may get a small commission.
Building and Designing Websites
We build our websites with WordPress and rely on a certain tools to build them. We purchase special licensing to use these tools on all our sites.
The tools make it easier for us to build websites, make them look good, and do it faster and cheaper. Our savings are passed on to you through low prices and discounts.
This is an easy to use page builder that enables us to quickly and easily build out page layouts that are mobile-friendly and look great. Beaver Builder also has a theme that we can customize, which we use a lot on our sites.
Like our forms? We built them using a powerful form plugin called Fluent Forms. It has integrations with MailChimp, Zapier, and many other services. With it we can build contact forms, order forms, and just about any form our clients need.
Knowing how many visitors your website and how they got there is crucial to ensure your marketing strategies are effective. Visitor Analytics is a tool that has options to make it GDPR compliant and it provides a lot of information about your website traffic in real time. We have tested out a lot of tools and this one has shown itself to be a better and more private alternative to Google Analytics. They have a free option for low traffic sites, and their paid options start at $9.99/month.
Website Hosting & Domain Names
Social Media Management
Stock Photos, Video, and Audio
With one subscription, we get access to unlimited downloads from their library of stock photos, graphics, videos, sound effects, and music. While their library can be limited, they still have a lot to offer, so it is one of the first places we check.
When there's something specific we need that we can't find on Storyblocks, we check with Depositphotos. They typically have what we need. We have a plan that lets us download what we need for like $1 each. It's a good deal.
There are a lot of sites to download free photos. This is one of our favorites. Pixabay has a large selection of stock images that can be used for commercial use.
Print On Demand Services
Do you want to sell shirts, tote bags, hats, or other products from your website? If so, you may want to consider using a print on demand service that can accept and fulfill the orders for you. Here are our favorites:
Printful supports a wide variety of platforms, including Etsy, WooCommerce (WordPress), Wix, Shopify, Weebly, and more. With Printful, you can quickly and easily setup a shop and start creating your products. The features and tools offered by Printful makes it a great choice for many businesses and entrepreneurs.
Printify is similar to Printful but with fewer features and integrations. Printify differs in that it works with different printer providers. When you create your products, you decide which ones to use that best suit the location and cost. While definitely not as awesome as Printful, Printify is still a great option for those that want to have some control over where their products are produced (as not all printers are the same - quality and prices can vary).
Other Useful Resources
When we need to publish a press release, get a voiceover for video, or get some help coming up with items to give away for a promotion, we sometimes look to Fiverr. Fiverr is a marketplace where people from around the world offer services for a variety of things like graphics, video, writing, marketing, and more.
Fiverr is great, but the quality can be disappointing at times. The low prices often mean the quality of work may be below average. Many of the sellers are not native English speakers, which can also create problems, depending on the task you are hiring them to do.
To create video tutorials and capture whatever is on screen, we love the EaseUS RecExperts software. It is our favorite screenrecording tool (we've tried many) and we have found it to be the best, fastest, and easiest to use.
Adobe has the best design software on the planet. We primarily use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro for our design, print, and video projects. Though there's a huge learning curve, their software is absolutely the best of the best.