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Website Design & Small Business

Recommended Tools and Apps

Domain Name

Where should you purchase your domain name? Here are our recommendations:

 

  1. Google Domains

  2. Wix

  3. Namecheap

 

Things to consider: Most new Wix plans include 1-year free for your domain. Private Registration is an additional fee. Google Domains includes private registration in their pricing and their domains are easy to connect to your Wix Website. Namecheap typically includes private registration for the first year and then it is an additional fee going forward. 

Stock Photos

Wix offers a variety of free stock photos to use with your website. Below are a few of our other favorite stock photo sites.

 

Premium Stock Photo Sites:

 

1. Depositphotos

2. Shutterstock

 

Free Stock Photo Sites:

 

  1. Upsplash

  2. Pexels

  3. Pixabay

  4. Foter

  5. Stocksnap

  6. Finda.photo

  7. Flickr

  8. Magdeleine - Hand-picked, high-quality photos

  9. New Old Stock - Great for vintage pictures

  10. Public Domain Archive

 

Things to consider: When purchasing or downloading a stock photo, you must check the license to make sure the photo can be used for your intended purposes.

Email Marketing

Ready to send out a newsletter or marketing material? Use one of these platforms to streamline the process and design a beautiful email:

  1. Wix Shoutout

  2. MailChimp

  3. Mad Mimi

  4. Constant Contact

Graphic Design/Photo Editing

Need to design a graphic for your website or social media accounts? These three design tools allow you to design flyers, newsletters, letterheads, social media post, and so much more:

 

  1. Canva

  2. Picmonkey

  3. Desyner

Email Providers

Email is essential for businesses today. Below are the two email platforms we recommend:

 

  1. GSuite (Google)

  2. Zoho

Logo Design

Looking to create your own logo? Try one of these options:

 

  1. LogoJoy

  2. Designimo

  3. LogoGarden - Free Logo Maker

  4. GraphicSprings - Free Logo Maker

 

Looking to hire someone to design a logo for you?

  1. Fiverr - Freelance Designers

  2. Contact us for more recommendations

Business Cards and Printed Materials

Below are a couple of companies we recommend for print materials:

 

  1. PrimoPrint

  2. Moo

  3. VistaPrint

 

PrimoPrint and Moo offer high-quality printing services and great customer service. VistaPrint is not always the same quality but it is a lower cost option and they also have great customer service. If you are unsure of what type of card or style to order, request a free sample pack from each company's website.

Fonts

Looking for a special font for your logo, website, or other marketing material? Try one of these options:

  1. Google Fonts

  2. FontBundles

  3. Creative Market

Other Tools and Apps

Below are some additional apps we recommend:

 

  1. Grammarly - A great spelling and grammar checker that you can use anywhere you write on the web as well as MS Office

  2. WhatFont - See a font you like on another webpage? Use this tool to find out what font it is. 

  3. Image Color Picker - Use this tool to find a color of an image.

Small Business Resources

Are you just starting your business or wanting to grow your existing business? Below are some helpful resources we recommend.

 

Small Business Guide

  1. Small Business Administration's Business Guide: This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about planning, launching, managing and growing your business.

 

Online Legal Help for Setting up your Business

  1. LegalZoom

  2. Incfile

 

Business Mailing Address Options

  1. PO Box 

  2. UPS Store Mail Box

  3. Earth Class Mail 

See our blog post, How to Set-up a Business Mailing Address, for why you need a business mailing address and additional options available.

 

Business Phone Options

  1. Google Voice

  2. Grasshopper

  3. Nextiva

Online Payment Providers

Looking to process online payments but don't what to set up a full e-commerce store. Check out these options:

  1. Paypal

  2. Stripe

  3. Square

Please contact us if you need any further recommendations. We would love to help!