Tools

Here is where I keep a list of the things I “cook” with on a day to day basis.

It’s similar to your kitchen. Everyone has an “appliance graveyard” where the breadmaker, and that giant mixer and all the other gadgets go to die. But a good knife and a couple of cutting boards get used everyday.

I am only going to list my knives and cutting boards here. Most of the dreck on line not only won’t really help you it will distract you, and keep you from doing actual work – which is where the money is. Some of the links below are affiliate links.  I will get paid if you click on them and then buy the product or service. Harsh, I know.

 Blogging

WordPress.org
You can download WordPress here (but I recommend installing through your hosting  CPanel).
Free Themes: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
Plugins: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

Recommended Premium Themes:

StudioPress
Rock solid, clean child themes on a legendary framework. Some of the biggest sites on the net run on StudioPress themes. Great support, extensive documentation, and custom plugins. Grabapple runs on the Genesis WordPress Framework, with the Altitude child theme.

 Wordpress Hosting

Siteground
Fast, fast, fast, and great customer service to boot.

 Hosted Store Systems

Shopify
Easy to use – you can get a store up in just a few hours. This is my recommended solution.

BigCommerce
One of the fastest growing companies in the US. Huge set of ready to roll store templates. Steeper learning curve than Shopify.

Training

The Grabapple Guide to E-commerce
Comprehensive guide to basic e-commerce setup via WordPress and other free software. Detailed information and best practices for day-to-day e-commerce business operations. Includes ebook and sample site. See how a long time e-commerce pro runs things, and build a small site using the detailed step by step tutorial.

Grabapple ECT – Coming Soon!

My Favorite Tools

CCleaner

Incredible free utility from the guys at Piriform. Completely wipes browsing & program use history from your computer, including the DNS cache. Includes better program uninstall utility than Windows 7. Registry cleaner to remove left behind junk from uninstalls.  Drive wiper includes choice of wiping entire drive or free space only – and it has not only the NSA 7 pass technique, but 35 pass Gutman. If you are going to sell a PC, install this first and clean it up.

Snagit

I use this literally every single day. It can do so much, so quickly, that I go weeks sometimes without touching Photoshop. Really easy to learn and at 50 bucks it’s a steal.

Leadpages

I use this for all my sales pages and opt-ins. Leadpages makes it easy to look like a code ninja.