Business Recommendations & Resources

The basics you will need for your website:

Domains: We recommend Rebel.ca (formerly Domainsatcost)

This is our favorite domain supplier as they are able to get you .ca accounts, and they have very reasonable rates.

If you pay over $20 per year for a domain you pay way too much!

Be aware, sometimes domain companies send you mail or email that you have outstanding payment of $40 or $60 and they make it look like you legit owe them. Have a closer look, or send it to us, because a lot of the time, it’s just solicitation.

  • Hosting #1: WP Cloud – 100% Canadian owned, based and operated. A properly maintained WordPress site is usually a site that is safe from hackers, viruses & malware! Best for eCommerce sites.
  • Hosting #2: Check out HostPapa. Pay in Canadian Dollars and save big. Real help – from real people – is here when you need it.
  • GreenGeeks. With servers in Ontario. Great customer service options.
  • Hosting #3 Hostgator hosting – coupon code: colourinfusion. The WordPress package is not per se what you need, so feel free to contact us for advice (it’s free).
  • WP Themes: Template Monster offers great themes along with a convenient .sql file.
  • Themeforest is another big hub for many themes from many developers
  • Inkthemes has some nice simple ones for when you just start out.

Other items you may be looking for:

  • Take Credit Cards Today with Square. Simple Small Business Solutions. Square does not have the option to have people pay online, but you can process a credit card either in person or over the phone without hidden fees or them taking money out of your account like some merchants do.
  • PayPal: one of my favorites for taking online payments. It’s world wide and most people have a PayPal account. Easy transactions.
  • Get bookings online with Acuity Scheduling with this convenient application. Easy to integrate into your webpages.

Newsletters and Customer relationship software is easily integrated in WordPress websites. If you need any help, just let us know. We may just have a tutorial about it on our blog, or we’ll send you a customized one.

  • Infusionsoft, is a high-end Customer Relationship Manager. It’s not cheap, so hire someone who can help you get going. Jacki McLenaghan is in Calgary(AB) at Pure Potentials | Phone: 1-888-651-3663
  • Constant Contact is a simple intuitive email platform, to send your business emails in an organized and productive way. You pay monthly, so better have it in your schedule to send things out!
  • MailChimp is free, but when you want added features you can pay through credits, so you can send whenever you want!

Having an online store is a lot of up-keep, so it can get expensive to hire a professional to do this for you.

This has been one of the better options out there if you want to start your own online store.

  • E-Commerce: Looking for an online store? Check our Shopify. Check Shopify Pricing Details. We can assist you with the initial set-up, or you can do-it-yourself. Shopify’s Fees start at $29/mo.
  • Need help? Our fee for the initial set up is $349+GST. This will help adding logo’s in the correct format and choosing customized theme and colours for your pages.
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