In creating, running and managing this website, I rely on certain tools to get me the desired results.
Over the period of time and after continuous use, there are some which stand out. And I am going to share a few of them with you on this page.
Remember, you will only find products and services here which I personally use and like to share and recommend to others. Some of these are affiliate links at no extra cost to you but rest assured that this platform does not promote influence and bias.
How it feels is how it’s told.
Hosting Provider – Siteground
I have been using the Siteground’s Managed WordPress Hosting (shared) for over an year now.
In fact, I am approaching my two years with them in April 2017. I have found their service to be good value, speedy, reliable and supportive.
Blogging Platform – WordPress
I will be straight with you.
I never used any other platform to build and run a website except the WordPress.
It has been my buddy from the day 1 of this website and all I have is the praise and recommendation for it. This blog will be 3 years old in July 2017.
If you are a non-coder or non-developer, WordPress will make the life easier for you.
Speak to your hosting provider about the WordPress install on your site or download it for free from WordPress.org.
WordPress Premium Theme – Avada
If you are a WordPress user, you will be aware about the importance of a quality WordPress theme and how it can help you in presenting your website to the wider world.
I have been using the Avada theme in bringing this website to you since the day 1 of my blogging journey.
A current best seller on Themeforest (January 2017) and a multi-purpose theme with excellent design and customisation options.
Have a read of my detailed review of using this theme for over 2 years.
It should give you a flavour.
WordPress Plugins That Stand Out
Everyone’s circumstances and requirements are different.
However, there are certain key categories where you will need quality plugins to perform various tasks on your site.
Out of the 19 plugins that I am currently using, here is a list of 3 that I thoroughly recommend.
1 – Yoast for SEO (free) – my one stop shop for on-site SEO.
2 – VaultPress for backup (paid) – my peace of mind for full remote backups.
3 – WP Fastest Cache for website cache (free) – my key tool for site speed and performance.
Email List Management – MailChimp
Building and effectively managing an email subscribers list is important for bloggers.
It was the MailChimp’s free offer (for first 2000 subscribers) which attracted me to their service in 2014.
I am glad that I made that decision.
After using it for over 2.5 years, I can easily say that it is a well designed, practical and easy to use email service for website owners and managers.
The beauty is that unlike other services which charge you from day 1, MailChimp is free until you reach to a point where you don’t mind paying a reasonable amount and your list has already earned a significant number of subscribers.
Storage, Email and Documents – G Suite by Google
I am a cloud-person.
Being a Chromebook user, it makes even more sense to have your most of the computing done online.
Google Drive (for storage), Google Gmail (for email) and Google Docs (for documents, spreadsheets, slides etc.) come as a part of the G Suite now.
I can’t praise it enough.
It is made with a common user in mind and their computing needs on a day to day basis. Simple but efficient.
I have written a detailed article on why I started paying for Google App Unlimited (now G Suite). Have a read or join the G Suite today. You can get an extra 20% off your first year if you use the discount code. Email me on ahmadimran <<at>> reasontouse.com and I can send you one straight away.
Note Taking and Keeping a Journal – Evernote
Note taking and gathering of information (for later use) is a strategic activity that many successful people follow. I urge you to be more disciplined, systematic and efficient with this activity.
I use Evernote for that purpose and I love it.
Evernote has been my 2nd brain for a few years now.
Note taking and journal writing have been a treat with this great online solution. Give it a try today with a free account.
Task Management – Todoist
For you to be organised and productive, it is critical to manage your tasks on a strategic basis and with rigour.
You need a comprehensive but easy-to-use tool to help you with your daily and long-term tasks and their management.
Try Todoist today, they have a free version which will serve you well to begin with.