Last updated 2/22/2017
Whether you’re a blogger, solopreneur or starting a new business, you’ll be able to find something helpful on this list.
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50+ Resources to Launch Your Online Business
DOMAINS & HOSTING
NameCheap – NameCheap is a great place to buy and host all of your domains. Like GoDaddy, it is a domain registrar that offers a way to keep all of your domains in one place so you easily update and manage them. They’re great and their interface is much more user-friendly than GoDaddy too.
Bluehost // WP Engine // Flywheel – These are among the best web hosts available for WordPress. I love BlueHost because it’s a great shared hosting service with good customer service and quality hosting. If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend them. WP Engine is an amazing premium web hosting service. With your membership, you have access to an amazing dashboard that makes it easy for you to manage your own WordPress site without having to navigate CPanel. Backups and security are baked in, making it easier for you to focus on your design and content, and worry less about technical issues. Flywheel I haven’t personally used, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it from other WordPress developers.
Squarespace – Squarespace is a great website builder service that allows you to basically “set and forget” your website. If you’re a small business owner who doesn’t require any special features or if you’re a blogger who doesn’t want the hassle of maintaining your website, this option is for you.
Genesis Framework // StudioPress Themes // 316 Restored Designs // SoloPine // Appfinite Themes // Foodie Pro & Brunch Pro // Bluchic // Pretty Darn Cute Design // ThemeForest // Elegant Themes – I highly recommend all of these themes, and especially StudioPress themes and the Restored316 themes because they are the best coded and easiest to setup. They also come with excellent customer support. One risk you take with buying themes elsewhere is that you never know what the setup process is going to look like, if it’s coding is optimized or if it’s compatible with certain plugins. Nine times out of ten, StudioPress, 316 Restored and SoloPine win hands down. As a designer, I know I can trust them every time.
Code Canyon // Gravity Forms // Ninja Forms // SeedProd – These are some of my favorite places for finding great premium WordPress plugins. If you’re looking for awesome free plugins, check out this list of the Best Free WordPress Plugins or browse the WordPress.org free plugins directory.
Shopify – Shopify is the perfect place to share digital downloads, Amazon affiliate products, physical products (like those sold on Etsy) and fulfillment drop shipping items. I highly recommend it. They have a “Lite” plan to get you started for just $9/mo. that lets you sell on your Facebook page only. Stepping up to the $29/mo. level lets you setup your own shop with a custom SSL domain. Shopify isn’t too difficult for the average user to setup. You could absolutely do it yourself with a little bit of research. Need help setting up your Shopify store? Learn more.
Sellfy // Gumroad // E-Junkie – Sellfy, Gumroad and E-Junkie area all great places to sell digital products, like digital downloads. I personally love Sellfy for it’s ease of use and streamlined payment system. Sellfy also gives you your own page to display your digital products and it integrates with Facebook so you can display your shop items on your Facebook page.
WooCommerce – WooCommerce is a great option for selling digital, physical or affiliate products online. There is so much you can do with WooCommerce. It’s one downfall though is that it’s not very user-friendly. If you’re really web savvy, you can probably set it up on your own. If not though, you’ll need to hire a WooCommerce designer or developer to help you setup and maintain it.
PayPal // Stripe // Square – If you’re looking for a basic way to sell your products without a shop or invoice clients, you can always turn to one of these excellent payment gateways. And if you need to request money from family or professional acquaintances, try PayPal.me or Square Cash.