Recommended Products & Services

I only partner with businesses that I recommend. Below are businesses that I recommend to my clients because I believe and/or experience them to be of the highest quality or the perfect cost to benefit ratio for what they offer.

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Sitepoint Premium.  Learn web design and development with this extensive collection of downloadable books, videos and classes.  All for one annual fee and now $25 off.

Hotjar.  Top of hte line webpage analytics and feedback. Heatmaps, scrollmaps, user-activity recording, and lots more.

Website Hosting

WP Engine.  WP Engine is well known for their premium WordPress hosting.  Their hosting platform offers advanced security, optimized speed for WordPress.  Their hosting is build for scalability so that if your site suddenly gets very popular, they can handle sudden increase in traffic. They also include built in backup options that are invaluable.  Costs a little more but in this case you get what you pay for.  Click video to watch, click to pause.

Note that they do not host email accounts, so unlike most other hosting platforms, you will need to handle that separately.  Just ask them and they can give you suggestions

A2 Hosting. I began hosting with A2 hosting in 2016 after Hostgator’s services tanked. I chose A2 because their prices were still fairly reasonable and yet their servers maintain some of the fastest website load times in their price range. Plus they answer the phone and provide good technical support. Having been with them for about a year, I still recommend them. Great service. And now they have Managed WordPress hosting plans.

Hostgator.  I was a customer of Hostgator for about 9 years. I no longer recommend HostGator. The quality of their support has gone down dramatically to the point of being useless. You have been warned.

SiteGround.  Like WP Engine, SiteGround specializes in WordPress hosting and is known for WordPress based speed optimization and advanced security. SiteGround however also offers lower cost “shared” hosting options that WP Engine does not. I do not have personal experience with SiteGround hosting but feel comfortable recommending them based on their reputation and specialization with WordPress.

North Bay Web Hosting. This is my hosting company. I created it as an mid-point bewtween shared hosting services like SiteGround and WP Engine. You get a faster hosting experience with North Bay Web Hosting than SiteGround for a little more cost, but much less cost than WP Engine for those who do not want to put down $29/month.

Web Hosting

E-Commerce  They are one of the most widely used and supported payment gateway services – necessary to online commerce in some form.  I have used them for many years and have clients who do as well.

2Checkout.  Another top payment gateway that is well known for its international support.  I have one client who uses them.

Moolah.  I switched to Moolah in May 2015 from another merchant services provider I had used for years.  Moolah has great rates and no extra fees.  They integrate with and they even pick up the monthly fees that one would normally pay as an account holder.  I wrote a post about it as offering the best online merchant services rates.

Sell Online with 2Checkout

WordPress Tools & Themes

Astra is a new theme I am using in 2018. I really like it and apparently so do thousands of others as it is one of the most popular themes in the WordPress directory and has a 5 star rating from 228 people as of this writing. It is especially good if you are looking for a solid, fast, well built theme to use with a page builder like Beaver Builder or Elementor.

Elementor. The Astra WordPress theme combined with the Elementor page builder has become my new toolset of choice to build client websites. These tools are built to run fast websites and provide the best front-end page builder interfaces todays modern websites.

Divi Theme. This is a wonderful theme with a powerful page builder and tons of customization options.  I have used this as the foundation for many of the websites I have built for clients. You can get a Divi child theme via that link.

Gravity Forms.  Gravity Forms is, from my experience and review, by far the best WordPress based form creation and management tool there is.  Easy to use, very flexible and intuitive and very extensive given their integration with dozens of other services, (ie. payment processors, email capture accounts, etc).  I have used them for many years.

Beaver Builder.  An affordably priced and well built WordPress page builder plugin.  Works with any theme, and they have some as well.

WP101.  Learn WordPress the easy way.  Video tutorials for beginners.

WP Curve.  Unlimited WordPress small fixes with same day turnaround and 24 / 7 live access from $79.

Gravity Forms Contact Form Plugin for WordPress
Divi WordPress Theme

Sales & Marketing Automation

Drip is one of the few great affordable Marketing Automation services out there, and marketing automation is how you take your marketing to the next level.  Pricing starts at $49/month.  Learn More about Drip.

ActiveCampaign is another affordable and powerful Marketing Automation service which I like and use myself. Learn More about Active

Infusionsoft is certainly the best in marketing automation. They are more expensive than Drip and ActiveCampaign, and more complex, but if you want the best, they have it.

Domain Registry

Hover.  I like hover.  I recently saved one of my clients almost $800 when transferring and renewing 3 domain names for 9 years each at hover. I even wrote a post about them.

InfusionSoft Product Demo

Powerful WordPress Email List Building

Thrive Leads is a powerful Lead Conversion plugin that packs well designed Opt-in forms of all sorts with A/B testing and reporting so you can build your mailing list faster and more effectively. Learn More.

Domain Registry

Hover.  I like hover.  I recently saved one of my clients almost $800 when transferring and renewing 3 domain names for 9 years each at hover. I even wrote a post about them.


Freshbooks.  I have been using Freshbooks for about 7 years to create and send invoices to my clients.  Clients can pay me by check or click a link in the invoice to pay by credit card if I allow that option.  I can see if and when my clients open my invoice emails and when they pay.  I can track my time via a convenient app on my computer which sends that time to my Freshbooks account allowing me to easily create an invoice for all time logged since the last invoice.  Freshbooks staff answer the phone right away with support if you need it. Great service!  Click this link for a free 30 day free trial and another FREE MONTH if you join a paid plan.  Happy accounting!

Build Your Mailing List Faster

Form Hosting

Formstack.  Formstack is a full featured form builder that can really save time in many instances.  I have a client that uses their forms regularly for capture program enrollments and run surveys.

Video Conferencing

Zoom has the best video conferencing.  Easy and powerful.  They have a free plan with a limit of 40 minutes per meeting so you can test it out and use it for free. Paid plans start at $14.99/month which is a great cost if you use it much at all. I use it to train, troubleshoot problems with clients, screenshare, and hold group meetings for better group collaboration. You can easily record meetings for review later. Learn More.

Formstack Form Builder

WordPress Consultant Business Training

If you make a living building WordPress websites for clients, then I highly recommend taking WP Elevation’s blueprint course. The training is professional, very well put together, the content is incredibly useful and relevant and the support is truly the best.

You can opt in here for a free video series which provides value right out of the gate (as does all of the training I have taken from them) and gives you a taste of what you will get with their full program; or you can visit this page for a prospectus on the program.

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