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Registration and Hosting — BlueHost
- I’ve tried over 100 different hosting companies and BlueHost Hosting is the best I’ve found in the areas that matter the most.
- You will find every feature that you need to make a good website there.
- Their support is top notch
Content Management System (CMS) — WordPress
Excellent WordPress Plugins:
- Contact Forms — Contact Form 7 (love this easy to use plugin)
- Anti Spam — Akismet Anti-Spam OR Really Simple CAPTCHA (integrates with Contact Form 7)
- SSL Security Certificate Integration with WordPress — Really Simple SSL
- Backup Site — UpdraftPlus
Hopefully, you can see at this point why WordPress comes so highly recommended — there are many free or inexpensive plugins that allow you to do things that 15 years ago would have cost you thousands of dollars to hire a developer if you could’ve even done it at all!
- Less Popular CMS Alternatives: Joomla and Drupal
- These are both less user friendly and offer less free or inexpensive plugins
Email Marketing — Exact pick coming soon
- The Best Email marketing software I have used is Constant Contact, They have excellent support and are compatible with almost anything.