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We’ve had a few people email us and ask us what theme do we use and who hosts our site. Instead of individually replying to everyone, we decided to put together this page with few of the resources we love. These are products and services we either used or are using and we recommend them from the bottom of our heart. So without further ado:
A List Of Resources We Love
I like to keep my domain registrar and my hosting company separate. I know it’s easier to have it all in one place but I do it more for security reasons than anything else. If someone hacks my site then at least my domain is safe. They don’t have access to the registration info and cannot change it, making it more difficult for me to prove that I am indeed the owner of the domain. Plus if I am not happy with a hosting company for whatever reason, I can easily change my DNS settings and move to a different host.
We use A Small Orange for OBM and a few other sites. What I like about them is they really are different than the other hosts. They outline exactly how much space you get, the allowed bandwidth, and their customer support is super-friendly. They are also US based so that’s another plus.
OBM uses Genesis Framework and a custom made child theme designed by yours truly. The reasons for using Genesis deserve a whole other post but just to mention a few: two-part framework (meaning if you change something about your theme, you won’t lose it when the update comes), SEO optimized (you can do without a separate plugin for SEO; and if you are using it, Genesis SEO settings are immediately disabled), clean code, easy to update and tweak, and most importantly regularly updated!
Some of our favorite plugins include:
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
- GASP – Growmap AntiSpam plugin- alternative to Akismet
- Wordfence Security- acts like a firewall for your site
- W3 Total Cache – speeds up your blog
- Contact Form 7
I will follow up with a separate posts about Genesis and plugins since those are the two most asked questions we get. Stay tuned!