Here’s a lost of many of the webmaster tools, plugins and apps I love and use across my sites
I use cheapo shared hosting (< $10/mo) for lots of little projects. This lot are the shared hosts I use, each offers a tonne of freebies & one-click installs, plus free domains for new customers.
Only just started using BlueHost, but all good so far.
Famous for their awesome US phone support.
Like many of their customers, I love DreamHost’s custom contrul panel – it’s as easy as it gets.
For more serious sites/projects, here’s who I use.
- Servint VPS
I use them for lots of sites handling hundreds of thousands of visits per month.
- Memset dedicated hosting
For Wish.co.uk, we use Memset to deal with big spikes in traffic.
Olark made me fall in love with live chat. Integrates easily with Gtalk or MSN. We use it for Wish.co.uk, and I love it.
- Visual Website Optimizer
Bar far the easiest split testing tool I’ve used, and a good 100x simpler to use than the god-forsaken Google Website Optimizer.
I’ve been using Aweber for newsletters since the year dot. It lacks the fancy features of MailChimp et al, but it’s so damn quick and easy to use that I actually send newsletters.
- Popup Domination
Awesome for creating opt-in overlays in WordPress and non-WP Sites. Forget the OOT sales patter, it really does work like a charm.
Instantly swaps regular links for affiliate links on your sites.
- OpenX OnRamp
Dead simple ad serving, without having to setup your own ad server. Makes it super-simple to split test banner ads.
SEO & Linkbuidling
My home-grown bulk backlink checker. Uses SEOMoz data c/o their API.
UserTesting.com & WhatUsersDo
These two services offer quick, affordable usablity tests on your site.
Great for quick one-shot surveys across your website’s users.
For quick ‘n’ dirty heat maps of user behaviour.
Great for managing multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts across teams
Great app for queueing tweets to publish at given times by email
Salesforce’s ace ticketing system, which we use for Wish.co.uk