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Excellent theme shop. Well-designed, functional themes for the Genesis Framework. We use Genesis whenever possible; it’s our favorite framework! Genesis is the dominant theme framework, run by 15% of the top 10k WordPress, and 20% of the top 100k (stats from StudioPress).
We believe custom themes provide the best results, but sometimes an off-the-shelf, pre-built theme is easier on the budget. See what ThemeForest has to offer, but beware of bloated themes that pack functionality into the theme. Avoid theme lock-in! Look for quality themes by reputable authors.
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Our favorite WordPress managed host! We use it for client sites whenever we can, and use it for our own site. They focus on making hosting simple; the control panel and tools are easy to use. Their hosting is fast, secure, and reliable.
An excellent WordPress-optimized shared host. They’re faster, more secure, and more reliable than all-purpose shared hosts. They’re also less expensive than managed WordPress hosts (because SiteGround doesn’t offer the same level of service). See our post SiteGround: fast, secure WordPress hosting.
A great solution for backing up your WordPress site to your server and remote destinations. See our post Amazon S3 & BackupBuddy: guide to WordPress backups.
The WordPress Plugin Directory has thousands of free plugins, but sometimes you can’t find what you need there. At those times, check out the paid plugins at CodeCanyon. Look for quality plugins by reputable authors.