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Everything here is something that I’ve used myself and recommend.
Use Siteground if you love your hair.
I create and manage my own websites. Like everyone else, I started by hosting my sites on the well-known, churn-’em-to-the-masses providers. It was a false economy – the slow hosting, constant problems and script-reading support left me pulling me hair out.
I switched to Siteground about four years ago and I would never go anywhere else. My hosting’s been stable, they take care of the security certificates, and so much more.
The support is in a class of its own. Whenever I need help with something, there they are. Like a guardian sitting on my shoulder. Sounds over-the-top, but really, it’s true.
SiteGround has three plans and you can sign for any of them with a great discount through Wednesday Genius.
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
I came across MailerLite when I was rebranding and wanted to offer people a way to sign up for my emails even though my website wasn’t live.
MailerLite let you run the sign-up form on their server so it’s perfect if you don’t have a website. But you can also host the sign-up form on your own website.
All my sign-up forms are MailerLite and I use them on this website and as standalone on various social platforms.
They give you an impressive range of features even on their free plan.
They pride themselves on their support. Their live chat works! The team are friendly and nothing’s too much trouble – even though they must answer the same questions every day.
I’d particularly recommend this if you sell on platforms like Etsy, facebook or Instagram. If you’re a business, you must give clients and potential clients a way to land on your own territory.