The 8 Best Shared Hosting Plans for 2019

Shared hosting is the most cost-effective way to host your website. So if you’re looking for the cheapest web hosting plans, look no further than shared hosting. The problem is that so many hosting providers out there offer shared web hosting services. Trying to find the best shared hosting service can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. That is, if you don’t know where to look. I’ve seen so many website owners just pick the first or the cheapest option they find. Then down the road, they end up running into problems with their website. You don’t want this to happen to you. That’s why I’ve taken the time to research and identify the best shared hosting plans on the market today. Whether you’re launching a new site from scratch or looking to change hosting providers, you can use this guide to find the best option for […]

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How to Make Money Blogging in 2019

I have a major disclaimer before we begin. A good part of my career has been working for some of the folks in this list. In fact, I was personally responsible for setting annual revenue goals and hitting those goals while I was the Senior Director of Growth and Product at I Will Teach You To Be Rich. In that case specifically, I’m extremely familiar with revenue totals and what drove that revenue. Not to mention the affiliate commissions that were paid out to some of the people on this list, numbers that were shared in confidence after a few too many drinks, and second-hand rumors that I picked up along the way. Unfortunately, I’ve got sad news. I’m not going to share any of that insider knowledge. Sorry. Some folks don’t mind publishing their revenue numbers but others keep it extremely private. If I shared that kind of info […]

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6 Best Reseller Hosting Plans of 2019

Website hosting comes in all different shapes and sizes. Every website in existence needs to be hosted somewhere, so this makes sense. If you’re a developer or have a web development agency, all of your clients need to have a suitable web hosting service. You can build web hosting costs into your existing client packages with reseller hosting plans. Reseller hosting is great because the barrier to entry is far less complex than starting your own web hosting company from scratch. You won’t need to worry about the hardware, resources, or other expensive costs associated with managing servers and hosting facilities. It’s a smart way for developers and agencies to earn some extra money from their existing clients. What is reseller hosting? Some of you may not have any experience with reseller hosting. So before we go any further, I want to make sure that we’re on the same page. […]

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9 Best Dedicated Hosting Plans of 2019

Choosing a web hosting provider is a crucial step for website owners. Your hosting service and plan will have a major impact on the performance of your website. But with so many options to choose from, this process can feel like an extremely daunting task. The first thing you need to do is determine the type of hosting service that you’re looking for. Since you’ve landed on this page, I think it’s safe to assume that you’ve already taken care of this first step. You decided that you want a dedicated server, instead of a shared, VPS, or cloud hosting plan. That’s great! But now what? All dedicated server plans are not created equally. But with that said, every website has unique needs as well. The best dedicated server plan for one website, might not be the best option for you. That was my inspiration for creating this guide. The […]

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The 17 Best Dropshipping Companies – 2019 Review

Quick Sprout recommendations for dropshipping companies are based on months of research and testing. We’ll never point you to a product or service that we don’t believe in or have first-hand experience with. Our content is reader-supported, which means if you click on one of our links to a recommended dropshipping company, we may earn a commission. Want to start a business selling products but not worry about shipping, storing inventory, or investing in that inventory upfront? Dropshipping — when you a product that’s shipped directly from the manufacturer to your customer — might be for you. In this guide, I list and review the best dropshippers to help you get started. Dropshipping solves a bunch of problems: no cash needed upfront, no boxes piling up in your store room, garage, or let’s be honest, in your spare bedroom. You never even have to touch the product or be responsible […]

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The 5 Best Website Builders

Quick Sprout recommendations for website builders are based on months of research and testing. We’ll never point you to a product or service that we don’t believe in or have first-hand experience with. Our content is reader-supported, which means if you click on one of our links to a recommended website builder, we may earn a commission. You want a website, but you’re not a coder, an engineer, or a designer. Maybe you’re not even super technically proficient. You just want a website. You want it to look good and work well and not take forever to build. Luckily these days, a website builder or a template can get you a professional-looking website in minutes. Literally minutes. There was a time when you could really tell the difference between the site a web designer would build and one a novice could create. But these days, the playing field is leveled. […]

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The 3 Best Ecommerce Platforms

Quick Sprout recommendations for ecommerce platforms are based on months of research and testing. We’ll never point you to a product or service that we don’t believe in or have first-hand experience with. Our content is reader-supported, which means if you click on one of our links to a recommended ecommerce platform, we may earn a commission. So, you’re ready to build an online store and sell, ship, and manage your business. Awesome. To get started, you’ll need to build your website on an ecommerce platform — that simply means the software allows you to sell stuff and accept payments. I took a look at six of the best ecommerce software options to find the one that’s easiest to set up, customizable to your liking, and the best bang for your buck. Let’s dive in. The 3 Best Ecommerce Platforms Compared All of my top picks offer at least 14-day […]

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The 5 Best Domain Registrars – (Spring 2019 Review)

Quick Sprout recommendations for domain registrars, are based on extensive research and testing. We’ll never point you to a product or service that we don’t believe in and have first hand experience with. Our content is reader-supported, which means if you click on one of our links to a recommended domain registrar, we may earn a commission. Over the course of my career starting, running, and selling businesses, I’ve bought hundreds of domain names. For me, the process of heading over to my registrar of choice and buying a name is as simple as reordering toothpaste from Amazon. If this is your first time, it’s likely not so simple for you. I’ll walk you through what makes the best domain registrars stand out from the rest, how to skip the upsells you don’t need, and get your features up correctly. I’m used to the process now — this guide encapsulates […]

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The 4 Best Email Marketing Services

Quick Sprout recommendations for email marketing services are based on months of research and testing. We’ll never point you to a product or service that we don’t believe in or have first-hand experience with. Our content is reader-supported, which means if you click on one of our links to a recommended email marketing service, we may earn a commission. Nearly every email marketing platform promises the same thing: great deliverability, intuitive tools, designer-quality templates, and useful reporting so you can make the most of every email you send. In the most basic tier, you’ll likely be happy with any of the options — and that’s the tier I focus on in this review. I know they each have their super fans who’ll definitely tell you that this one is the best and the others don’t stack up — I’ll break it all down for you. Why trust me? I’ve run marketing […]

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How to Start an Online Store That Drives Sales

The best platform for starting an online store is Shopify. That’s what we use for all of our ecommerce websites. Creating your online store, is just 1 of 6 critical steps, which this guide will take you through in detail. Start your free trial with Shopify today and create your online store in just minutes. There’s a bunch of things to think about when starting an online store: What tool do you build your store with? What do you name your company and how do you get a domain? Do you dropship or not? How do you deal with taxes? All of these are important decisions. For now, one thing matters more than anything else to get your first sale. What’s that one thing? Your marketing. That’s right, how you choose to market your store completely determines how much money you’ll make. Get the marketing right, everything else falls into […]

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How to Start a Blog That Makes Money In 12 Easy Steps

I started my first blog to avoid getting a job. I’m completely serious. I was coming to the end of my undergraduate degree in international affairs and the thought of getting a job at the state department or in journalism sounded like a horrible idea. So I learned how to start a blog and built one on international affairs with the hopes of eventually monetizing it and supporting myself. That didn’t really work out as planned. Hah. But it did lead to a career in online marketing and now I do work on blogs to avoid having a real job. Whether you’re trying to avoid a job entirely or trying to quit your current job, starting a blog is a reliable path to supporting yourself and your family. It takes a lot of work and some time but it is a well-traveled path at this point. It’s not nearly as […]

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How to Create a Website in 120 Minutes

Creating a website used to be a massive project. And expensive too. Everything had to be built by hand and businesses needed to work with an online marketing agency that would charge them tens of thousands of dollars to build the site. If you wanted a professional-looking site, that was your only option. Things have gotten a lot cheaper over the years. Now it’s possible to get a polished site for less than $100. About $10 to buy the domain, $30–60 for a good template, and $5–10/month to host it. It’ll look so good that people won’t even realize that you built it yourself. It’ll look like some high-flying marketing agency built it for you. Not only has it gotten cheaper, it’s also gotten a lot easier. I’ve broken down the 9 simple steps to create your website from scratch. You’ll easily be able to run through these steps over […]

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The 5 Best Web Hosting Reviews of 2019 – Quick Sprout

Quick Sprout recommendations for web hosting services are based on months of research and testing. We’ll never point you to a product or service that we don’t believe in or have first-hand experience with. Our content is reader-supported, which means if you click on one of our links to a recommended web hosting service, we may earn a commission. Hosting seems like an enormous headache at first. Shared hosting, dedicated hosting, VPS, managed hosting, server cores, different RAM, CDNs, SSL certificates. It’s endless. We’ve managed hundreds of websites ourselves over our careers. Large, small, and everything in between. Using our first-hand experience, we waded through all the hosting options and narrowed it down to the best five web hosts. We’ve broken down the best options, when to use each, and our method for picking the best web host. Let’s jump in. The 5 Top Web Hosting Providers This guide is […]

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2019 SiteGround cPanel Tutorial

SiteGround has one of the top reputations in the web hosting industry. Over 2 million domains are hosted on the platform. That’s one of the many reasons why SiteGround made my list of the top web hosting services on the market today. For those of you who are new to hosting your website with SiteGround, you might be wondering how to navigate your dashboard. Fortunately, if you read any SiteGround web hosting reviews, you’ll quickly learn that the platform is very user-friendly. SiteGround uses cPanel, which is a highly responsive web-based control panel that’s used for managing your settings and account. cPanel runs on Linux and is extremely versatile. It’s where you’ll customize your site and web hosting needs. SiteGround cPanel is well designed so anyone can use it, regardless of their technical skill level. With cPanel, you’ll be able to do things like: Install WordPress (or another CMS) Back […]

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The Future of Web Design: Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has been trending upward for years now. In fact, according to Google Trends, the search term piqued back in January 2018. AI is being used for all different types of applications and technology. In the past, I’ve covered the marketing skills you need to survive in the age of AI. That’s because marketers have been using AI technology to reshape the way that consumers are targeted. Brands and websites are using AI chatbots to improve communication with website visitors. They’re also using this technology to analyze big data. AI is helping business owners and webmasters gain a competitive advantage in their industries. But today, AI is also changing the way that we design and develop websites. It’s also going to impact the way we design moving forward. Traditionally, all websites have been created using HTML. While the code has changed and become more sophisticated over the last couple […]

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Why Your Website Needs HTTPS

All websites need to prioritize security. However, I still see so many sites out there that aren’t using HTTPS. For those of you who aren’t currently using HTTPS, that needs to change immediately. If you don’t think it’s necessary or that important, you’re mistaken. The truth is, security impacts the performance of your website. According to a recent study, 85% of consumers won’t convert if data is being transmitted through a connection that’s unsecured. 82% of Internet users won’t even browse on a website that’s not secure. Lots of website owners that I consult with seem to think that their site is immune to malicious attacks or hackers because there are bigger and more important companies out there. Why would a hacker waste their time with a small website? But 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses. So you can’t have the “it won’t happen to me” approach. As of […]

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How to Build a High-Converting FAQ Page on Your Website

FAQ pages represent a crucial component of the customer conversion funnel. Anyone who lands on this page has already identified the need for whatever you’re selling and is now entering the consideration phase of the purchase process. Your FAQ page can provide them with the information required to finalize their buying decision. However, I see so many websites that overlook the importance of this landing page. I read lots of FAQ pages that sound more like an afterthought, as opposed to a page that’s been designed to drive conversions. FAQ pages must have a purpose. Don’t just add one to your website because you feel like it’s a requirement and you want to fill up space. While most websites should have a FAQ page, yours could be doing more harm than good if it doesn’t have any clear intentions. It’s possible that your FAQ page is driving people away from […]

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9 Popular Ecommerce Products to Sell Online in 2019

The ecommerce industry is booming. People are buying products online more than ever before. Nearly anything you can imagine can be purchased on the Internet and delivered to your doorstep. It’s a great time to be a consumer. But as an entrepreneur, you can leverage this craze by creating your own ecommerce shop. You can take advantage of this opportunity and start an online store from virtually anywhere with Internet access. While technology has made it easier than ever for consumers to buy, it’s also easier than ever before to start an online business. Sure, there are a handful of things that you need to figure out. You’ll have to create a website, choose an ecommerce platform, pick a web hosting service, and learn how to market your brand online. But before you get ahead of yourself and start all of that, you need to figure out what you’re going […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to CSS

If you currently have a website or plan to build a website, CSS is definitely a term that you’ve come across. But for those of you who don’t know how to code and don’t have any development experience, it can be a little confusing. Let me start with the basics. CSS stands for cascading style sheets. It’s a stylesheet language that describes the appearance or presentation of a website. Essentially, CSS tells web browsers how each element in an HTML document should be displayed. Along with JavaScript and HTML, CSS is a crucial component to every web page on the Internet. The main benefit of CSS is the ability to separate website content from the design elements, simply by changing rules in a CSS file. Before CSS was used, nearly every attribute related to how HTML documents were displayed was written in HTML markup. This means that so many rules […]

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11 Reasons to Use WordPress For Your Website

If you’re starting to build your first website, WordPress is inevitably a name that you’ve come across. I’d recommend it to nearly anyone who has any type of website. But before I get into the reasons why WordPress is so great, I want to clear up any misconceptions about the platform. What exactly is what WordPress? You don’t host your website with WordPress. You’ll still need to find a web hosting provider for that service. WordPress is a content management system (CMS for short). It’s a robust tool for creating and managing your website. Blogs, business websites, personal sites, and ecommerce stores alike can benefit from using WordPress. This platform is run online, meaning you don’t need to download any desktop software to use it. So now that you have a better understanding of what WordPress is and what it does, it’s time to talk about why it’s so great. […]

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