(UNDER CONSTRUCTION – please bear with me as I fill this in from scratch – I started putting this together on 16th August 2016)
These are the tools I’m currently using online and offline for my business as of August 2016.
They cover every area I work in (productivity, marketing, copywriting, videography, blogging, sales, and more).
Chromebook (PAID) Chromebook is the fastest laptop I’ve ever bought – and that’s because it runs on Google’s flavour of the Linux Operating System. As a result it opens in a couple of seconds (literally) every time. And it lasts all day on a single charge (and I mean all day). In fact I only have to charge mine about once a week as I use it mostly when travelling. The model I use is an Asus C300 I bought for £189.99 from Amazon in October 2014 – what a work horse! It’s been everywhere including the USA and has worked seamlessly. Because I use Google Docs, almost everything I have is run from the cloud, so my Chromebook is more of a cloud server than anything else – it means it doesn’t need a massive hard drive or oodles of local storage. And if I were to lose it, I couldn’t care less (apart from having to buy another one) because there’s nothing stored on it that is not automatically backed up on the cloud.
ThriveThemes (PAID) I’ve used so many themes over the years, then one day ThriveThemes from Shane Melaugh appeared on the scene and I’ve never looked back. Many more wonderful tools have appeared, which I test if they look great, but Thrive is still the best for me. It’s the control I have over more than just page design that makes it a no-brainer (too many features to mention here – but I’ve removed many other plugins since I’ve been using this).
WordPress (FREE) I’ve used other content management systems and written my own sites from raw HTML. I’ve also used high level tools (the first being Dreamweaver in the late 1990’s) and despite all of that, the only CMS for me these days is WordPress. It is used by over 25% of the top 10 million sites, so if anyone ever tells you it’s not secure, understand that when something is that popular it is going to be THE target for hackers. But it’s very easy to secure your WordPress site. Here’s my top 2 tips: a) never used ‘Admin’ as your user name. b) only install recognised themes and plugins – and keep them to the minimum.