The Tools

Here is where I keep a list of the things I use on a day to day basis. That is quite different from a list of all the crap I’ve bought over the years to build and promote websites. It’s a lot shorter.

It’s similar to the 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 Fantastico Deluxe – part of CPanel).
Free Themes: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
Plugins: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

Recommended Premium Theme:

Catalyst
Make every pixel on your site do whatever you like – without writing a line of code. In addition there a a lot of free skins you can use to set up a complete design without needing any code. Excellent documentation and a very helpful forum. Legendary support. Grabapple runs on the Catalyst Theme.

 

Domains & Hosting

Netfirms
Privacy is free. Prices are low.

GoDaddy
The big dog. Pretty girls on the Home page.

Hostgator
Get a BabyGator account and host multiple sites for only 9.95 per month.
You can use this coupon code to get $9.94 off:  GRABAPPLE994

 

Hosted Store Systems

Yahoo Stores
They host over 50,000 stores at last count, including 3 of mine. Rock solid – I have had one down day since 2004. Huge network of developers and utility providers.

BigCommerce
One of the fastest growing companies in the US. Huge set of ready to roll store templates and easy to set up. Best bargain online in terms of bang for the buck. Cutting edge software.

 

Training

The Keyword Academy
Step by step training in basic SEO and passive income models. This is where I first learned to make money outside of e-commerce. They have a large and supportive membership, including more than a few people making 6 figure incomes. The forum is female friendly and civil. This is where you want to be if you are just getting started online. You can try it for a month for free.

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.

 

My Favorite Tools

Dropbox
Online file storage with automatic syncing. I use this to keep my work files current between my Notebook and the desktop PC in my office. First 2 gigs is free forever…

37 Signals
Makers of Highrise and Basecamp – the two programs we run our company with. Multi-user, fast and no feature bloat. Intuitive interfaces make learning quick and easy.

Evernote
Best online note program, and free to boot. Sync notes with multiple computers, smartphones, etc. use it online, or as a program installed on your computer – either way, it always stays synced up. Snag web pages or parts of them and save them for later – with formatting and graphics.

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.

 Address Grabber
Just what the name implies – it grabs addresses and other contact info from most any document, web page or the clipboard and inserts them into QuickBooks, Word, Act! and many other programs. The inserted info is properly formatted, and the data is automatically placed in the correct fields.

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