BLOGGING, HOSTING & DOMAINS
WordPress – In my opinion, the single most effective and flexible web content management platform around. It used to be just blogging software, but has grown into so much more.
Bluehost – By far, the most user friendly web host I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a lot. I highly recommend them, especially for beginners.
Genesis by Studiopress – Every WordPress site needs to have some sort of theme as the framework for the design. I started using the Genesis framework with the Metro child theme as the basis for my site. Genesis is super easy to use and even if you’re not a designer or developer, there are lots of people out there who can quickly and easily help you make changes that can drastically improve the look and feel of your site.
Namecheap – Ever since the discovery that the “daddy of go” was in support of the most insidious copyright legislation to date (SOPA/PIPA), I moved all my domains immediately over to Namecheap. They’re a solid company with a much better outlook on net neutrality, and they competitively priced.
Aweber – I’ve only recently switched to Aweber as my email service provider, switching from Mailchimp, but I am very impressed and I definitely recommend Aweber as a resource because the functionality is so much greater than the others.
Mailchimp – A very solid email service provider, one with a solid and customer oriented design, is definitely one I recommend if you’re on a budget – your first 500 subscribers are free.
MOO.com – The most unique source for business cards around, giving you the option to have as many as 50 different designs on each card printed. Fairly pricey, but if you’re looking for speciality product, the quality is top notch.
Next Day Flyers – High quality, low cost option for many different print products like business cards, brochures, posters, etc.
Fiverr.com – A site filled with independent service providers that are willing to anything from write copy, create images or sing happy birthday in a clown suit on video, all for around $5 for each job.
iWriter.com – An inexpensive service for getting articles written on any subject.
Legalzoom – If you need legal documents, anything from DBAs to Living Trusts, and you don’t want to spend a grip of cash on an attorney, Legalzoom walks you through the process of these documents through step-by-step templates and professional guidance along the way, and all very affordable.
Etsy – The site to be on if you’re selling arts and crafts, vintage goods or supplies online.
Artfire – Similar to Etsy, but with a much tighter community.
Meylah – Like the two above with a bit more focus on art and design.
PRINT ON DEMAND
Zazzle – My personal favorite print-on-demand site for selling art online (shirts, iphone cases, posters, etc.) where you never have to manage the manufacturing side of the process. They print, fulfill, ship and handle the customer service for you.
Society6 – Print-on-demand with a very strong focus on top-notch artists. Does not have the reach of the other services, but has some really great products offered.
Red Bubble – Similar to Society6 in that they offer really great designs on their limited amount of products.
Cafe Press – Probably the largest of the print-on-demand providers, but quality has a tendency to be less than the others.
Spreadshirt – Print-on-demand with a focus toward shirts and other clothing items.
Fab.com – The largest “flash sale” site with a focus toward quality art and design products.
Uncovet – Similar to Fab; smaller and tends to focus on each individual item rather than the different shops.
Sneakpeeq – Daily deals more directed and women, with fashion and accessories, but also offer deals on art products occasionally.