My Tech Stack

I often get asked about the tools and tech I use, both to write and to run my small business. So, I’ve shared all the information right here.

There are different software and platforms that you can use and my biggest tip is to stick with what you know and what feels right for you (heads up, some of the links are affiliate links but some of them aren’t…. they are just tools I like to use).

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Shopping Carts

I tried a few carts before settling on:

aMember Pro

I was looking for a shopping cart that provided the same in-store atmosphere as Nike or BestBuy. aMember Pro is compatible with WordPress and payment processors such as PayPal and Stripe, ensuring that my website never stores credit card or payment details. Also, there is a membership feature that allows customers to save their products in their account for later use. The back end is incredibly user-friendly. (Paid – onetime-payment)

ThriveCart with Learn+

There’s another shopping cart I use called ThriveCart. I bought it for Learn Plus mostly, where my courses are, but I also have some products listed. When I have more free time, I should explore the funnel builder further to fully use its potential. (Paid – onetime-payment)

Email Software

A must have for any business.

Mailer Lite

I tried Sendinblue (now Brevo) as my first email provider, but it was too complicated. I switched to Mailer Lite after taking a course with Faith Lee. (Email Marketing Kickstart). I’m a fan of Mailer Lite because it’s easy to use and has all the features I want. I have the paid program, but you can start for free with up to 1000 subscribers. (Free and paid).

Funny Face Fiction

Tech-wise, I’m cheap, but I’ve discovered that I prefer things that are easier to use instead of freebies. After all, you get what you pay for.

Website: WordPress

After looking at Squarespace, Wix, and Shopify, I built my website on WordPress. There is a bit of a learning curve with WordPress, but once you get used to it you get access to tons of themes and plugins, allowing you to customize your site’s look. Plus, it’s great for SEO and it’s free. (Although you’ll need hosting and some paid plugins).

Theme: DIVI by Elegant Themes

Divi by Elegant Themes is the theme for Funny Face Fiction Ltd. I like it because the drag-and-drop builder makes it easy to create beautiful websites with no coding knowledge. It comes with tons of pre-made layouts and design elements. (Paid – onetime-payment)

Host: SiteGround

I started with Bluehost for two years but had to switch to SiteGround when my website started getting more traffic. SiteGround makes website management easier with user-friendly tools and automatic updates. The support is amazing…

Domains: Namecheap Inc.

Funny Face Fiction’s domain was originally with Bluehost, but I’ve since switched it to SiteGround. I bought all my other domains at Namecheap which is mainly famous for selling domains, with a wide range of options at great prices, so you can find the perfect web address for your business easily.

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Writing Tools

I use several writing tools for different purposes.

ProWritingAid

ProWriting Aid integrates with Word, Google Docs, Scrivener and other writing programs, plus it has a desktop interface you can use. It has so many features that I can’t list them all here. (Paid – yearly subscription)

Hemingway Editor

The Hemingway App is an editor that highlights and corrects grammar, fluency, and sentence structure to help your writing read and look better. This editor is not nearly as robust as ProWritingAid. (free online tool or onetime payment for a desktop app)

Scrivener

Scrivener is a great writing tool that helps me organize my work. It lets me keep all my documents, ideas, research, notes, and important info in one place. This way, I can easily find everything whenever I need it. (Paid – onetime payment)

Microsoft Word

We all know Microsoft Word and what it can do. (Paid – yearly subscription)

ProWritingAid integrates with various programs and platforms so you can use it wherever you write. Here are some of the key integrations:

Atticus

This book-writing software allows you to write, edit, and format your book all in one place. Atticus is my go-to for creating both print books and eBooks at a professional level although I don’t write in Atticus. (Paid – onetime-payment)

Keywords

Keywords make the world go around.

Publisher Rocket

Publisher Rocket is a powerful software that allows me to research other books in the market, the trends, the keywords and the competition. I use it all the time. (Paid – onetime-payment)

Publisher Rocket

KD SPY

With the KD Spy browser extension, you can conduct competitor research, AI market intelligence, keyword analysis, track books, estimate revenue, and more… right on the Amazon website. (Paid – onetime-payment)

KDSPY Pro

Keywords Everywhere

Another browser extension. Keywords Everywhere allows you to search Google and get information like related words, and long-tailed keywords.

PlugIns

I use a combination of paid and free plugins.

Real Category Management

This plug-in is exceptional because Real Category Management gives me complete control over my pages and custom posts, allowing me to organize them like computer files and create my category and folder systems. (Paid – one time fee)

MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights connect my website to Google Analytics. It helps me to see how people find and use my site, so they keep coming back. I use the free version but I am going to upgrade soon. (Free and paid).

OptinMonster

Optin Monster is great for getting customers and leads.

Headline Analyzer

This plug-in analyzes my blog post titles to help me create SEO friendly headlines that drive maximum traffic. (Free)

Sucuri

The Sucuri plugin looks for malware, spam, and other security problems. I even get emails whenever something changes on my site. (Free)

UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus automatically backs up my site to my Google Drive every 12 hours so that if it ever crashes, I can restore it. (Free)

Wordfence

Wordfence Security protects your website from viruses, hackers, and sneaky software. (Free and paid)

WP Forms

WP Forms is an easy-to-use contact form plugin for WordPress beginners with a drag & drop form builder. The contact form was created with this plug-in. (Free)

Antispam Bee

Antispam Bee blocks spam comments and track backs effectively, without captchas and without sending personal information to third party services. (Free)

Yoast

Yoast is a plugin that makes SEO easier which brings more traffic to my site. (Free and paid).

Complianz

Complianz Privacy Suite comes with a cool cookie warning and a personalized cookie policy. (Free and paid)

Divi Table of Contents Maker

This plugin only works with Divi Builder. I can put a Table of Contents anywhere on my website and totally personalize it. (Paid – onetime-payment)

Last Words on My Teck Stack

There is no perfect tool on the market that will do everything that you want it to do. The tools that work for me may not work for you. There will be times when you will need to pay for things and other times when the free version works extremely well. Always consider your needs and budget before purchasing anything.

Happy writing!

Linda

 

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Writing Tools

Publisher Rocket

Disclosure

The links below are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, at no additional cost to you.

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