I’ve tried lots of online tools and services over the years.  I thought you might be interested in knowing which ones I use (and love) in case you need something for your own business or blog.  I have personally used all of these services and can highly recommend them (otherwise they wouldn’t be here).  Some of these are affiliate links, meaning that I will receive a commission if you make a purchase, which goes to supporting this blog.  Thank you!  Let me know if you have any questions.  🙂

Setting up a Website

bh-125x125-03-dyDomain Names – You can purchase a domain name from lots of sources, but I would recommend going with Blue Host.




Purple Robot square logoWebsite Hosting – Your brand new domain name needs a server somewhere to park, which means you need to host it.  Purple Robot is a local business that offers hosting with unlimited everything for $5/month.  You can’t beat it and to top it off, they also offer technical support and web design for your site for very affordable prices.  They are a great resource!



bh-125x125-03-dyWebsite Hosting – If you would prefer to go with a large company, you can also purchase hosting with Blue Host, who offers unlimited space, transfer and domains for $4.95/month.




headway_125x125Website Theme Framework – Now that you have your website name and it’s parked somewhere, you need to make it look pretty!  Sounds like you need a theme.  Oh the joys of browsing the thousands of themes trying to find the perfect one.  So many countless hours wasted.  *sigh* I now use Headway for both and, which is a drag and drop framework.  It gives you the functionality and flexibility to make your site look the way you want.



woothemes-logo-150x150Website Theme – If you want a site that looks and works great out of the box, without much tweaking, try WooThemes.  They have several free themes and premium themes, as well.




Mind MapsMind Mapping – Sometimes it really helps to map out your plans or thoughts.  I tried several mind mapping programs, but liked MindMeister the best.  They offer a free account with almost all the features of paid accounts, which is nice.