Recommended Resources for DIY Marketing

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Website Resourses

Building a website for your business can be a daunting task, so we have a list of resources to help make the process a little easier.

The basic requirements for a website is a domain, a host, and a content management system (cms), which is the platform like WordPress that you create it on.All of our recommendations are used either directly by us or our ThinkFlame® Agency Clients and have proved useful and effective.

We dive into some of these tools as well on our blog.




Shared hosting that is easy to use with 24/7 support.  You can purchase your domain here as well.  My preference is listed below.


Shared hosting that is easy to use with 24/7 support.  The have a simplied system to replace Cpanel. You can purchase your domain here as well.  My preference is listed below.

WP Engine

Premium Managed WordPress Hosting – Taking the stress out.



We have purchases 80% of our domains through this service and never had an issue.

WordPress Themes

Divi From Elegant Themes

This is the theme we use the most as it is very user-friendly for our clients to update their own content.  They also have an entire library of free layouts you can start with if you are building your own site.  They do not have a free version, but they do have a great life-time offer. Learn more


This is the 2nd of the two most popular WordPress Theme/builder.  Elementor is a plugin and comes with a free version to try.  It has a large library of layouts to choose from.  Another great choice.  A number of our clients successfully use this theme.

Graphics & Photos Resources

We live in a visually driven world online.  There are tools to help you put your best graphic foot forward.



We use this tool for quick graphic creation. They have a huge array of  templates.


Some of our clients use this tool.  It is similar to Crello, although I think Crello and Canva have more template options.


Deposit Photo

The most cost effective photo bank that we have found.

Free Photo banks

While the free photo banks can be limited in their offerings, they are a great place to find base photos to build custom graphics as well as simple blog images.  Please double check the attributions and usage in their lisence. 

Here are some we use all the time: 

Email Resources

Regular communication is key, so here are some tools to help.

Email & Autoresponders

Google Workspace

Google Workspace is more than just email, but their business email is the core and our mainstay for email communication.  For DIY Marketing, it is a flexible and easily scaleable solution.


ActiveCampaign gives you the email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM tools you need to make keeping in touch with your customers is seemless and simple with their many built in resources.

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