Resources for Entrepreneurs

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HOSTING

The #1 hosting company I recommend to help your WordPress website run smoothly and efficiently. It’s actually the one I use for all my websites and recommend for my clients. In the past 4 years, I’ve never experienced any downtime. When I have had questions, customer service has been fast and friendly! I take advantage of their shared web hosting as well as their managed WordPress hosting. Of course, managed WordPress hosting is much faster. If you’re searching for a home for your website, this is it! Plus, your domain is one the house!

Check out this blog post for a Step by Step Guide on setup. 

Divi WordPress Theme

WORDPRESS THEME

Need a theme to compliment your website? I got sick searching for themes, using them and then being extremely disappointed with their limited functionality. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to purchase a premium website theme, it needs to do…well…EVERYTHING! Divi by Elegant Themes does just that! I have a page builder so I can create and set up my pages anyway I like, with 1 column, 2 columns or even 4 if I want them. I have fun features like expanding boxes, contact forms, social media buttons, landing pages and full-width sliders. If that wasn’t enough, Divi is constantly improving the theme and releasing new features, like the ability to A/B test your pages, and export layouts to a different website if you please.

Check out this blog post for a Step by Step Guide on installing Divi.

Monarch Social Sharing Plugin

SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS

Do you like the social media buttons on my site? Want some that you can customized to fit your brand? Say no more. The plugin Monarch by Elegant Themes is everything! I find social media key in sharing my work and getting it seen – which is why your social media sharing buttons need to be obvious and beautiful, so they invite people to take action! Plus, ever since install Monarch my shares have jumped! Hey, because Monarch is so awesome, it isn’t free. You need to purchase the Divi Theme in order to get it!

Bloom Email Optin Plugin

EMAIL OPT-IN BOXES

In my humble opinion, email providers need to get it together and offer beautiful email boxes! A lot of people use a paid subscription¬†to something like Leadpages or ClickFunnels to get those beautiful boxes. Since my premium theme, Divi, has landing pages, I use Bloom for beautiful email boxes. While you won’t see them on this site, you can check out my fantasy book series website here for examples. I can put opt-in boxes at the end of my email list, so readers can get content upgrades. I can gate or lock pages so people will have to opt-in before they get the information. Let’s be real, these boxes go everywhere. On you footer, sidebar, home page, you pick, it goes. So what are you waiting for?

ConvertKit

EMAIL MARKETING

Have you heard of InfusionSoft? Well, say no more. ConvertKit is like InfusionSoft but actually affordable for writers, bloggers, and solopreneurs. (Like you and me – score!). You can create squences for your email list, tag subscribers, have multiple opt-ins, create forms, landing pages and more! Plus, all my email opt-in boxes on this site have been created with ConvertKit. There’s nothing extra to purchase. Yes!

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