Tools of the Trade
Thought it would be helpful to create a resources page that you can always come to for all your web needs. I’ll add to it as i learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future i will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
I also post a lot of these articles on my main website BennieMellies.com about WordPress, Webdesign, Marketing and Social Media.
My Most Recommended
Cubase is a digital audio workstation (DAW). With Cubase you can make arrangements, music and you have all tools you need for your projects. I’ve been using Cubase 7 now for more then 2 years and im verry satisfied. Who is it for? Film composers, singers, guitarists and bands, electronic music producers, beat producers, songwriters, producers and bands.
Bluehost is a hosting provider. With Bluehost you can register your domain and use their 1-click automatic WordPress installation and their great customer service. You can use the same hosting account for multiple domain names if you want to create more websites. Click on the logo to go to the website of Bluehost.
Music Maker Theme is a WordPress theme developed by Mark Valenzuela from Hiphopmakers.com. A while ago i wrote a great review article about the “Music Maker Theme”. You can read all about the features in this blogpost; Music Maker – The complete beat selling Website Theme for WordPress by Benn-i. Benn-i is an expert in the configuration of the Music Maker theme. Which was also used for this website. If u need any help our support, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Themeforest is a marketplace for WordPress themes. They host more then 17,000 different WordPress themes and templates. You will find responsive themes, music themes, portfolio themes and much more. When i personally need a website theme for my WordPress installation i always trust on Themeforest. They always help me out. Also the support and the community are big, helpful and a great experience. You also have the possibility to become an author in different categories. Check out the website.
OptinMonster offers some great and easy solutions for capturing more leads on your website. Next to that they offer customizable pop-ups, which can be configured with your own designs, own fonts and colors. So the pop-ups can be adjusted to the design of your website and it will integrate perfect. They also offer reports, which will give you insights on the conversions and which pages convert the best.
Aweber is an awesome tool i use for my mail list process. The first time you sign up, you will get a full month use of Aweber for only 1 dollar! Personally im using Aweber now for more then a year and i did some good comparisons on other email management providers. Aweber fitted best for me. I love the templates, which can be easily adjusted and all the extra options like “follow ups” and broadcast messages. If you are looking for a good email marketing provider, you can’t go wrong with Aweber.
CoverActionPro i an awesome tool you can use to make beautiful and professional promotion boxes, ebooks, covers and much more. CoverActionPro works with Photoshop files which can be imported to define actions. With these actions and Photoshop you will make covers in a blink of an eye. Check it out, verry nifty tool.
Sponsors (and Deals for You!)
Mighty Deals offers amazing and exclusive deals for web professionals. They have local deals, that can save you more then 90% of the total amount! They offer a wide range of products, varying from cartoon characters, fonts, photoshop files, vectors. Sign up for free. Want to see a live example of all the exclusive deals? Check out the main website of benniemellies.com for daily deals and bundles.
InkyDeals offers thousands of Premium graphics, design goodies and much more with discounts up to 99%! They have more then 150.000 active members and offer huge discounts. Get the best exclusive design deals and bundles at InkyDeals. Sign up for free. Want to see a live example of all the exclusive deals? Check out the main website of benniemellies.com for daily deals and bundles.
TickitWickit offers design apps, resources. The have daily best deals which can save you a lot of money. They work with discounts and tickits. You can earn your tickits which saves you money. Sign up for free and check it out for yourself. Find some great deals on the best designs, apps, bundles and graphics.
BundleHunt lets you boost your ideas with their Creativity bundle. They offer a wide range of graphics; wordpress themes and html templates, udemy courses, ebooks, icons, font families, logo’s, vectors and much more. Get your discounts today as design enthusiast, mac user, creative professional, bloggers, online business owners, web designers, developers and merchants. Get your premium packs today at Bundle Hunt.
DealFuel offers great design deals for web designers, developers and more. They offer ebooks, graphics, stockphoto’s, facebook covers, wordpress themes and website tools. Learn online with tutorials or use designer resources, icons, buttons and a lot of other goodies and freebies. Sign up today at Dealfuel.
Website Hosting and Themes
Bluehost was allready mentioned by me in the recommended section. But if need hosting or a domainname, you can’t go wrong with Bluehost. They are also recommended by WordPress.org.
Versio is a provider mainly in Europe. Since i got European and international domain names, i also use the services of Versio. The have some great packages and dedicated WordPress servers.
Themeforest is one of the biggest marketplaces on the net. If you are looking for professional and premium WordPress themes, you can find plenty in the portfolio of Themeforest.
Designmodo is a new approach on webdesign. Designmodo offers great frameworks for WordPress. They also offer Qards, which is a new powerful WordPress tool.
Zeef is used by Bennie to combine all WordPress theme providers on 1 page. Check it out for yourself and register for FREE at ZEEF to make your own ZEEF page. So if you are looking for WordPress themes, you will find everything you need over here at Zeef.
SumoMe offers some great tools to grow your website traffic. From list builders to image sharing and heat maps. Most of the services are free and available when u signup. Some are premium.
OptinMonster is a lead generation plugin which can be used on your website or blog with easy and quick install. You can customize almost everything and it allows you to create attention grabbing optin forms that get you more email subscribers.
ManageWP can be used if you have a lot of Websites or specifically WordPress installations. With Manage WP you can update all your sites to the latest and greatest versions of WordPress.
Gravity Forms offers solutions for professional and advanced form building. Its used by more then a half million WordPress websites and they have over 500,000 customers. They also offer a lot of premium add-ons.
Clickbank is a marketplace for digital information products. You can make money online with their affiliate marketing and online marketplace for product creators.
JVZoo is a platform on which you can sell, promote and deliver your digital products. You can become a seller on the main website or become an affiliate.
Sellfy offers a marketplace with digital product, created by professionals all over the world. The offer designs, ebooks, audio, video and software. You can become a seller too.
Envato is an ecosystem of sites to help you get creative. It includes the Envato Market, the leading marketplace for images, themes, project files and creative assets. Envato Studio connects clients with hand-picked freelance talent, and Tuts+ is home to thousands of tutorials and video courses. Their sites help millions of people around the world.
Amazon is an American electronic commerce company. The offer great services like Amazon S3, web services, personal shops, affiliateprograms and more. Amazon is the largest internet based retailer in the United States.
ShareASale is an Performance marketing network. Its one of the biggest affiliate network around for the past 15 years. The offer merchant services, affiliates and much more.
Semalt can be used to analyse your website and monitor the market you are in. They have a great analytics tool, which will give you inside information on your competitors. What makes them succesfull, what page rank do they have and do they use backlinks for promotion? You can check everything with Semalt. They also offer premium services.
Images & Photo’s
On my main website www.BennieMellies.com i also wrote a great article about “The best stock photo providers“. (its in Dutch/NL).
Dreamstime is one of the biggest players in the stock photography market. You don’t want to take any risks, using copyright protected photo’s on your website or blog. So make sure you use images that are under common creative license or royalty free. Dreamstime offers more then 27 million stock photo’s and gets updated daily. Vectors, illustrations, toons, fonts and more.
Shutterstock has a wide range of stock photo’s and royalty free images. They offer more then 40 million images and photo’s. You can register for a free account or upload your own photo’s to sell!
123RF also offers stock photography, vectors, pictures, wallpapers and more. Royalty free pictures and you can register for a free account. The also offer freebies and free pictures.
Depositphoto’s is founded in 2009 and you can purchase images from 0,11 cents. Here you will also find millions of stock photo’s and royalty free images and special editorial photo’s.
Fotolia is a big stock photo supplier mainly in Europe. They are one of the biggest in Stock photography. Fotolia was founded in 2005 and you can find more then 20 million stock photo’s online.
Aweber is my favorite email marketing tool. Like i allready mentioned in the “recommended area“. I use this tool so much and i really love it. The support and knowledge base is also great and they really do something with your feedback. Aweber just changed their entire interface and you can use templates, broadcasts and follow ups. You can also work with multiple mail lists.
You can also download some great apps for your iPhone or iOs device from Aweber. The Aweber App lets you check your broadcasts and subscribers, anywhere you are. Use the Aweber Atom app to sign up people you meet on the way.
On my main website benniemellies.com i also wrote a great article about this topic. 5 ways to make money online by Bennie Mellies.
Chitika can be used for target advertising. You can integrate the advertisements in your own colors, so they integrate with your articles and websites. Great and easy service.
Adsense is probably familiar. Since its from Google. With Adsense you can add advertisements (targeted) on your website or blog.
Filesharing and hosting
Copy looks a lot like drop box and can be used on all devices. You can register for a free account and you can use “fair storage” if u work with multiple people on 1 project.
Mediafire is one of my favorites and i use it a lot to send my riddims to artists, producers, radio and dj’s/selectahs. Its a safe way to store your files online and you can set different properties on every file you upload. Also a verry cool feature is when you refer other people to Mediafire, your storage will continue to grow. I have 53GB at my Mediafire. Must be enough.. 🙂
Depositfiles is an online cloud service. You can register for a free account and you get more storage as you refer people. Save your files online or backup your files with ease.
Uploaded.net offers online cloud services and they have the “uDrive”, which can be used to synchronize, share and much more. When you register for a premium account, your download speed will be upgraded and you won’t see any advertisements.
Webdesign and help
BennieMellies offers support and consultancy for WordPress, webdesign, marketing and social media. Need help with customizing your Music Maker theme or WordPress theme? Need to know more about social media, marketing or WordPress? Don’t hesitate to contact Bennie Mellies. Although the main website is in the Dutch language. Bennie masters English, Dutch and German.
24Sessions is used by Bennie Mellies to offer support, advice and consultancy for WordPress, webdesign and more. Its a one-on-one video chat service. Check out my profile and the feedback i allready received from customers world wide.
Freelancer is one of the biggest outsourcing platforms to get some virtual help or assistance. Register for FREE and experience the great gamification that Freelancer uses to inspire its designers and customers. More then 5 million customers allready used Freelancer and succeeded in their needs.
99designs offers a marketplace for designers and graphics. You specify the design instructions en select the payment plan. You have plenty of time for this, in 7 days. After submission you will receive different propositions from different designers all over the world.
Udemy is one of the biggest online learning platforms. The offer courses in almost every section; from WordPress to webdesign, music, tools, programs, languages, specific topics and the list goes on and on. I used different courses on Udemy to learn more about specific topics. You can also find a lot of FREE courses on Udemy or find coupons to get huge discounts.
Other resources and sites
BuyMyreggae is the official sales page of Benn-i Productions. On this page i place testimonials from customers and you can read more about Benn-i Productions in the about section. Sign up for 10 FREE riddims at Buymyreggae.com
Riddimify is the largest online Reggae and Dancehall Riddim directory online, owned and founded by Benn-i Productions. The aim with Riddimify is to get more reggae and dancehall promotion worldwide. And since reggae and dancehall are my biggest passions, i always enjoy uploading the newest riddim. So everybody can enjoy great Reggae and Dancehall.
Reggaefy is a copy of the SoundCloud platform, but dedicated purely to Reggae and Dancehall. Use this platform for your promotions and networking. Sign up for free and receive up to 200 mb webspace for your tunes, riddims and beats. Help promote Reggae and Dancehall.
Reggaebeatify is a brand new service founded by Benn-i Productions. The aim here is also extra promotion. Use this platform to search for your favorite reggae tunes.
Stay tuned, as this list will be updated regularly. Bookmark this site for your convenience.
Big up, Benn-i
If u have any questions about the resources mentioned in this list, please don’t hesitate to contact Benn-i.