The Love List

Welcome to the Love List! This is my curated list of preferred tools and resource that I’ve personally used and vetted to help you grow your business. 

Website Hosting

  • WPEngine – We have a lot of our sites on WPEngine. It’s not only hosting – it’s access to an entire team of WordPress Experts who ensure your site is running at 100%. So worth it to have the additional security + 24/7 support.
  • Liquid Web – Our lovely member site is hosted here and with the large amount of content that we have, Liquid Web offers a fast and reliable platform.

Website Security + Maintenance

  • Sucuri – If you’re not on something like WPEngine that monitors for malware + hackers, you need to invest in Sucuri. It ensures your site is CLEAN + a subscription covers the cost of malware clean-up if you’re attacked. Well worth it!
  • BackupBuddy – If your hosting provider doesn’t provide backups {WP Engine DOES}, you’ll want to use a plugin like BackupBuddy that automates your backups. Always backup before you do ANY major updates to your website!
  • iThemes Security – This totally free plugin takes the guesswork out of WordPress security. iThemes Security offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress in an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.

WordPress Themes

  • Elegant Themes – Divi by Elegant Themes is my absolute new FAVORITE most easy to use WordPress theme. STUNNING and so simple to create custom layouts with the layout builder.

Email Marketing

  • ConvertKit – We have moved all of our email marketing over here. ConvertKit helps you manage emails lists and drip
    campaigns to increase reader trust, which directly increases sales when you launch a product or service.
  • MailChimp – Simple + pretty email marketing provider. Not super powerful (like others below) but has a fantastic FREE option. Great for easy to use newsletters. Not great for more advanced email marketing {multiple autoresponders + targeting}.
  • Simplero – We’ve used Simplero for a very long time successfully and while we have recently grown out of it, it’s still a FABULOUS solution. Sophisticated email marketing + autoresponders + checkout + membership sites + so much more. Support like you wouldn’t believe. A little more expensive {starts at $99} but is so worth it if you are moving towards more online marketing + programs.

Membership Sites {For Online Programs}

  • Wishlist Member – Robust membership plugin. You’ll still need to have a WordPress site + a theme to go along with it {see Optimize Press}. The biggest drawback is the time to keep this running smoothly – you’ll likely want a developer on standby if something starts acting up.
  • Optimize Press – Gorgeous membership site designs + sales pages + opt-in pages! And the newest version is amazingly simple to use – available as a WordPress Theme or Plugin. If using for membership, you’ll need something like Wishlist member.

Social Media Plug-ins

  • Monarch Social Sharing – Check out our tutorial for integrating this into your website for beautiful social sharing buttons on your blog! It even includes options to make your images shareable {aka pin-able on Pinterest!}. Did I mention it’s FREE when you get your Divi theme?
  • Click to Tweet – Encourage your readers to share ‘tweetables’ directly from your content! This plug-in makes it SUPER fast to embed a beautifully designed action box inside your blog posts + pages. Make sure you check out the tutorial in the WordPress Training Vault.