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Recommended Resources

I’m often asked for recommendations. Here’s a list of services that I personally use for myself or clients.

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Hosting Services

Bluehost

If you are starting your own WordPress site on a budget, I recommend Bluehost as your hosting provider. As an added bonus, it’s extremely user-friendly for beginners {DIY tutorial}.

Siteground

If you’re looking for more speed, Siteground is the next option. They do monitor your usage closely and track the number of site visits per month, so as you grow you may need to upgrade to one of their bigger plans.

WP Engine

If you’re looking for a powerful hosting plan, I recommend WP Engine because it does incredibly well in availably and speed tests. Use my referral link to take 10% off any new WP Engine shared hosting plan. That’s a total of 3 months free when combined with their regular 2 month discount on annual subscriptions. You also receive the Genesis Framework and 36 StudioPress Themes included for over $2,000 in value.

Website Services

Updraft Plus

Once you put hard work into your website, you need to ensure you’re regularly backing it up. I use and recommend UpDraftPlus for “set and forget” maintenance.

Social Media

Tailwind

Tailwind is a simple to use, but powerful, social media scheduler for Instagram and Pinterest. My favorite Instagram perks include: scheduling, automatic posting, 9-grid preview, suggested hashtags based on popularity, saved hashtags for future use, and analytics. My favorite Pinterest perks include: scheduling, recommendations, promotions, analytics, and invaluable Tailwind Tribes.

Later

Using an approved Instagram partner is important to keep your account safe. Later lets you visibly plan and schedule your Instagram posts and stories too. With advanced features like analytics and hashtag suggestions, this is more than just a scheduler. You can also curate content to repost from other accounts.

Marketing

MiloTree

MiloTree is the clear winner for sleek, easy-to-use popups that grow your social media followers and email list. Pop-ups for Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, and email all included PLUS you can choose to have them rotate so visitors see a different one each time.

Slick Text

Drive traffic to your business by sending text messages to your customers with updates and promotional offers.

Pony Express

Another text option if SlickText is out of your budget.

MailChimp

MailChimp is the perfect starter email marketing provider. You can easily set up opt-in forms, landing pages, etc. to grow your list and it’s a free option for up to 2,000 subscribers.

ConvertKit

For serious marketers with a strong desire to grow their email marketing, ConvertKit is the answer. It has beautiful forms, landing pages, automations, and integrations with other services.

LeadPages

Leadpages helps small businesses connect, collect leads, and close sales. It has easy-to-build landing pages, pop-ups, alert bars, etc. and syncs with popular email marketing providers.

Fonts

Creative Market

With nearly 30,000 fonts available, you’re guaranteed to find one you love. These font sets feature hand-drawn, brush, and vector letterforms, along with extra character sets and embellishments for headers, text, and display.

WordMark.it

If you are a font collector like me, then you will love this website! You can preview ANY word or phrase with ALL of the fonts currently installed on your computer. This is so helpful when looking for that perfect font for your project.

Google Fonts

When you don’t have the perfect font already on your computer, head over to Google Fonts to browse endless options. Use them online or download to your computer.

Graphics

Ivory Mix

Ivory Mix has both free and paid membership levels for high-quality stock photos with generous terms of use/licenses. She releases new photos every month in areas like business, parenting, creatives, wellness, holidays etc. I have a membership and highly recommend it.

Haute Stock

Haute Stock is another styled stock photo subscription site with gorgeous photos designed for female entrepreneurs. You can grab FREE stock photos when you join the email list, plus monthly freebies and branding tips.

Word Swag

Chances are many of those cute quotes on Instagram that you double tap came from this free app. Upload your own backgrounds/photographs or choose from thousands of free ones in the app. Then add your quote/text and let WordSwag work its magic with hundreds of unique layouts and colors.

Watermark Pro

Branding your content is so important! Use this app to save your watermark size, transparency, and placement. Then you can apply it in bulk to your uploaded photos. I have templates saved for vertical, horizontal, and square photo sizes.

Organization

Erin Condren

In spite of being techy, I am hands-down a paper planner girl. After trying lots of options in the past, I continue to go back to the Erin Condren life planner year after year. Plus she has lots of other stylish accessories to go with it.

client love

I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.

2019-12-24T15:46:19-05:00
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.
Thank goodness for Christi! She was so patient, answered all my questions and went above and beyond. I would refer Christi to everyone who is looking for a rebrand! I am so happy I found her and I am so happy with my new site!

2019-12-24T15:49:36-05:00
Thank goodness for Christi! She was so patient, answered all my questions and went above and beyond. I would refer Christi to everyone who is looking for a rebrand! I am so happy I found her and I am so happy with my new site!
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.

2019-12-24T15:50:30-05:00
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.
I have hired Christi, over a number of years, to design various projects, from rebranding to blog design. She truly is my go-to designer. She knows what questions to ask, always communicates promptly and professionally and is infinitely patient throughout the process.

2019-12-24T15:50:53-05:00
I have hired Christi, over a number of years, to design various projects, from rebranding to blog design. She truly is my go-to designer. She knows what questions to ask, always communicates promptly and professionally and is infinitely patient throughout the process.
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.

2019-12-24T15:52:08-05:00
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.

2019-12-24T15:52:50-05:00
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.

2019-12-24T15:53:14-05:00
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.

2019-12-24T15:53:53-05:00
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.
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