If you are building a website, there are a few things you will need. The following are some services that I use and can recommend. Note that some links may be affiliate links – which means I will make a small commission from any sales, but you will not pay any more.
Website Hosting and Domain Name
SiteGround is the hosting service I use for this site, and for my client sites. They have excellent customer support, and fast, reliable and secure servers. WordPress can be easily installed from their web admin panel.
I have hosted some of my websites with DreamHost for many years. I have found them to be reliable, always upgrading their hardware to keep up with demands. They also offer easy “one-click install” for WordPress and other applications, and even have specialized WordPress hosting for high volume sites.
The Divi Theme
To use one of my child themes, you will need the parent Divi theme from Elegant Themes. Elegant Themes offers an annual subscription which includes all of their themes. Their Monarch (social sharing) and Bloom (email optin) plugins are also very popular, and are available with the Developer or Lifetime subscriptions.
Inspiration, Child Themes, Layouts and Plugins
I check out Divi Theme Examples often for inspiration – you will find links to over 2000 of the best websites using Divi. You will also find links to all the best Divi child themes, layouts and plugins available at different marketplaces – a great time saver to be able to view everything in one place.
I use the iThemes Security Pro plugin on all of my websites. When you are running a WordPress website it is very important to keep it as secure as possible. There are “bad guys” constantly trying to hack into websites to use them to display spam content, or to send out spam emails. iThemes Security Pro helps keep your WordPress website safe.
If you need reliable forms on your website, I think Formidable Forms is one of the easiest form plugins to use. You can easily design your forms within their drag and drop workspace, and form submissions can be saved to your database to ensure you don’t miss any valuable leads. They do have a free version available in the WordPress repository, that offers basic functionality. For additional features they offer a premium version.