Some services we use ourselves and recommend.

Domain names and Hosting

Use Namecheap for your domain names which includes free registration privacy.

We highly recommend WP Engine for managed WordPress hosting. For lower budgets, try MediaTemple. Purchase a security certificate when organizing hosting.


We recommend and use VaultPress to backup our site. It handles everything for you automatically, including storing the backups on its own external servers.

Mailing lists

We love ActiveCampaign and MailChimp for managing mailing lists, newsletters and sending blog posts via email. It’s customizable, social media integrated, has helpful analytics, and automation. We


Akismet really improved the spam situation for bloggers. Free for a non-business personal site, otherwise a low cost. Worth the valuable time you’re saving not dealing with spam.


We use Gravity Forms plugin for WordPress. It makes creating forms so much simpler and it’s packed full of powerful features and integrations.


We recommend purchasing WP Recipe Maker for SEO, adjustable servings, user ratings, nutrition label, unit conversion, and saved recipe collections.

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