Below are plugins and services that I’ve used for clients and whole heartedly recommend.
For new websites, I recommend Godaddy’s Basic Managed WordPress Package. At $12 for the first year of hosting plus a free domain name, it’s perfect for new businesses or bloggers wanting to test out a new niche. Daily Backups of your website files and database with free one-click restores AND truly helpful technical support. I’ve recommended dozens of clients to Godaddy this past year.
Pippity sets a new bar by delivering beautiful popups in a way that’s more in tune with your readers and gives you useful analytics that show the true effect your opt-ins are having.
If you haven’t heard of PicMonkey, it’s time to crawl out from under that rock. And yes, you can use it for free, but why limit your Pinnable’s awesomeness when a premium account that gives you access to all fonts and effects is only $4.99/month.
Theme Frameworks I use when building or customizing designs to be awesome.