Recommendations

I wanted to build out some of the absolute best resources that we employ and our own business and highly recommend to anyone in web development, offline consulting, and mobile.

LeadPages – This will change your business in terms of lead generation. We have gotten over 10,000 subscribers to our e-mail list just from LeadPAges alone. To see more about LeadPages, you can read our blog post here.

Rignite: Since we’ve started using this social media collaboration software, our social media engagement has gone way up. It gives you one interface for all your platforms, and will schedule your posts for you. See more about Rignite here and here.

WP Mobile Pro – We only use this for mobile websites. It’s so easy and quick to setup a pro mobile site! This also comes with a lot of bonuses like WordPress tutorials, redirect scripts, and a cool Google Maps plugin.

RoboForm – Saves all your passwords. Get this today, you will thank me later 🙂

WP Text Pro – We use this for clients that want to build text message lists. A WP Plugin that uses the Twilio platform to help you manage all your SMS clients under one location. Very easy to use!

WP Secure Pro – These 7 vulnerable weak points leave your WordPress blogs naked as a bluejay to hackers

WPManage – I use this valuable tool to update all of my plugins , themes on all of my WP sites in just a click. Saves hours and hours of time once you are managing 10+ sites.

Godaddy – Type in the month and date along with “Coupon Code” and you will always get a discount on domains

Freshbooks – Cheap way to get professional billing for your business

Free Clip Art – Some really good stuff for free use in any website or marketing

WP Video Commando – The only video player plugin you will ever need for WordPress. It’s great for everything, sales pages, squeeze pages, blog posts, and gives you great options to make your videos highly professional with just a mouse click.

Photoshop or Gimp – Necessary unless you plan on outsourcing ALL your graphics. I use Photoshop CS 5 myself, but Gimp is free and will work.

Dream Weaver – A very easy to use HTML editor. Even if you use just wordpress, you still need to insert HTML code from time to time. You can buy version 8 for less than the newer ones, and actually, I think that’s the best of them all, easier to use than the newer ones.

Magic Submitter – We use this for SEO, in the past, we have used SE Nuke, Linkvana, and quite a few others with some good success. However, this one is cheaper and works the same way as the others with just better support and more options.

Aweber, Constant Contact, Get Response – Email autoresponders are a needed staple, we have a lot of them. These are just are favorites. We use Constant Contact for our clients since they are easy to use for business owners and the others for standard email lists.

Jing – Free screen capture software great for short videos and consultations for prospecting.

Join.me – Easiest way to get prospects (or anyone) to a quick online meeting and its completely free!

Time Doctor – We use this to track the time of our outsourcers.

  • Jason Francis

    Great List Ryan,|

    some definite gems there and also some new sites for me to check out. Thanks a lot. JING is my ultimate must have for web collaboration.
    I use market Samurai a lot too.. but im looking forward to trying on Join.me

  • Ron Starc

    You do have a good list, but I have to say that Jing has too many limitations. Instead, try My Screen Recorder. My Screen Recorder is one of the best screen recording software. It records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone – or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your website, uploaded to YouTube or used in your presentation. One thing often overlooked – It will record directly to standard compressed format that works with any video editor or any tool, no conversion required. And, the file sizes are small, making them easy to upload or distribute.
    http://www.deskshare.com/screen-recorder.aspx