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These are tools, websites, and resources I’ve personally used and feel good about recommending. I’ll write about each section soon!

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Web Hosting

Many people ask if it is possible to sell on Etsy and on your own website. Not only is this allowed, but I’d also encourage any craft business to plan to do this if they aren’t already. You could even skip Etsy and get to starting a craft business on your own. To have a website, you must have both a domain URL and hosting purchased. Here are my top recommendations for hosting providers for selling handmade items online. Read more of my in-depth reviews of each option listed right here!

Web Development

There’s a lot of tools, apps, and websites out there that may be better. These are the ones that have impacted me, or I continue to use them. Also, when I say website developer, I mainly mean the usual frontend or WordPress types. You only need to look at job boards to see “web developer” can mean different things to people, so I want to clarify here. You can read about each site listed here in-depth here.

WordPress Plugins & Themes

I’ve used a lot of plugins in my career as a website developer and small business owner. My toolkit has evolved over the years as I grew more knowledgeable. Right now, here are my essential WordPress plugins that most websites would benefit from installing. You can read why these are my favorite plugins to use here.

  • Elegant Themes
  • RankMath
  • UpdraftPlus (For automatic backups)
  • Wordfence (Security app)
  • Akismet
  • Email Address Encoder
  • Litespeed Cache
  • Show Current Template (If you’re doing any theme development)
  • Tasty Pins

Email Marketing

UX Resources

Marketing & SEO

Free Stock Photos and Tools

Social Media Apps and Tools

Packaging, Shipping and Printing

Random Tools I Use Sometimes

Project Management

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