Website Resources

Need a tool for your website project?

Great! Then look no further because you’re in the right place for getting some help for your website. This page will almost always be a work-in-progress, but even now you’ll find the essentails you need to get help on your website project – think of it as your one-stop-shop for all your DIY and website needs.

I’ve broken it down in to a couple major areas so you can quickly find what you need. 

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Hosting & Domain Registration

Orracle Hosting – Yes – this is my business and I offer full, professional grade hosting with support that is second to none. Powered by the Rackspace Cloud it doesn’t get any better than this. I also can register your domain for you as well.

CMS Platforms

WordPress Installation and Setup Service – This is a new, completely revamped service for those who want to get started with a blog. It gets you a self-hosted WordPress site set up for you quickly, securely. Check out WPLaunch.net.

Drupal – This is my primary platform that I work with. It can power anything from a simple blog to immensely scalable websites like WhiteHouse.gov.  My sites are all running on Drupal

WordPress – This is an aboslutely outstanding platform that is perfect for getting started with your blog.  WordPress has grown to be far more than just a blogging platform and now has fantastic CMS capabilities and is also very scalable.

Magento – The industry leader in open source e-commerce options, without a doubt. It has a robust feature set out of the box and a thriving community of third part add-ons and plugins.  

Premium Themes

Omega Theme Framework – This is a fantastic framework on which to build Drupal sites, and it’s the backbone of this site currently. This is an open source, free theme.

WooThemes – Lots and lots of really, really nice premium themes available through these guys with different levels of pricing to meet all kinds of needs.

StudioPress Themes for WordPress – The Genesis theme is another outstanding premium theme for WordPress sites.  This is a fantastic option for those who are looking to “plug and play” with their theme and get up and running with little needed customization or work. 

The Thesis Theme for WordPress – This is another theme that is an absolute blessing to designers looking to create their own themes without all the heavy-lifting of managing the backend theming code.  Several people use this theme including Cliff Ravenscraft of GSPN and PodcastAnswerman.com

E-Commerce

Foxy-Cart – this is a simple and easy to implement cart system for your products. Foxy Cart can handle physical products, subsctiptions and downloadable products. 

E-Junkie – This is another easy to use and implement shopping cart system that will help you sell just about anything you’d like to sell on your website.

Paypal – These guys offer a ton of different services for merchants from simple “buy now” buttons linked to your account to full-fledged merchant accounts services.

Shopify – This is a hosted ecommerce platform that’s easy to use, easy to customize and easy to set up. Plans start at $29 per month.

Research & Tools

Market Samurai – This is an outstanding all-in-one keyword research tool that has helped me immensely. The video training is absoutely essential and comes with a fantastic free trial.

MindMeister – Fantastic tool for visual planning. I use this for my client’s sites as well as my own.

Scribe SEO – This is a new tool from the folks over at Copyblogger Media and I think this is an awesome concept. It works on multiple platforms – not just WordPress!

Google Insights Keyword Tool – Free and easy to use for keyword research when working on SEO for your website.

Google Webmaster Tools – This tool gives you feedback on how your site is seen by search engines. It details keywords that your site ranks highly on, any potential errors encountered when the Google bot was crawling your site.

Google Analytics – Analytics will provide you fine-grained detailed reports on your website – visitor information, traffic sources, and feedback about your top content. You’ll learn about what browser that they use to get to your website, their screen resolution, and connection speed.

WordTracker – This is a service that will help you learn about keywords and phrases that will help you learn about what people are searching for. The free version is what’s linked here.

Compete.com – Ever wonder how your site stacks up against the competion?  Go to compete.com and enter your site, along with those of your competitors and you’ll get feedback on how you match up.

Host-Tracker.com – Test your page load speeds from servers around the world. I use this all the time to see how thinigs are loading for my sites and those of my clients as well.

WebsiteGrader.com – I don’t know of a better tool to give you a quick, comprehensive look at your website and give you actionable feedback on areas that can be improved.

BlogGrader.com – Very similar to Website Grader and from the same great folks at Hubspot, this is more focused on your blog specifically and gives you great feedback just the same.

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