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Site5 is a web hosting provider catering to the needs of web designers. They have several plans starting from shared hosting at $4.95 a month to dedicated servers at $165 a month. If you are on another web host and would like to move to Site5, they offer a free website migration service handled by their expert migration admins. Only a few hosts can reconcile excellent uptime, features, and support with dirt-cheap prices — Site5 is one of them.
FreshBooks is a web-based application for sending, managing, and tracking your invoices. It has a wonderful interface that makes it a cinch to produce invoices that you send to your clients. They have over 1 million users and were able to conduct $1 billion woorth of transactions in just 4 months — a testament to the excellence of the app.
Wistia is a business-grade video hosting, sharing, and tracking service. They have a slick admin interface for keeping track of your video marketing campaigns and for analyzing trends and usage. For developers, they provide an API for working with your hosted videos. Some companies that use Wistia include Nestlé, Map Quest, and Bostley. Check out their product tour to see what Wistia can bring to the table.
Stackable is a relatively new VPS provider aimed at web application developers. For only $35 a month, you get 1TB of bandwidth, 256MB RAM, a DNS manager, and more. What’s great about Stackable is their 1-click scalability: At no cost, you can scale your VPS up if you’re expecting a lot of traffic (bursting it up to 16GB), or scale it down during idle times. Stackable can be your development and staging server to test new features before deployment, or it can be your production server. Stackable has a nice knowledge base filled with helpful tutorials and reference for VPS administration.
MailChimp is a web application for dealing with email marketing campaigns. Used by over 400,000 people, the application is loaded with useful features such as social media integration, a slick backend for managing your email campaigns, and even mobile apps for when you’re on the go. Developers get access to their robust API for creating apps and tools that leverage MailChimp’s web service.
Bigstock is a user-friendly marketplace for high-quality stock images. Started in 2004, they quickly grew to become one of the Web’s leading stock photo sites. Bigstock has over 5 million royalty-free photos organized in 27 intuitive categories. You can purchase stock photos for as low as $1 each. The way it works is you buy Bigstock credits to download only the stock photos you need, which starts from $15 for 5 credits.
Used by over 250,000 companies in 146 countries, Verio is one of the largest hosting providers for sites, applications and SaaS. They were named the Best Hosting Company of 2008 by HostingReviews.com. They have many hosting services such as small business website hosting, Microsoft Exchange email hosting, domain name registration and management services, dedicated servers on Linux or Windows, and more.
Shutterstock is one of the biggest stock image sites with over 12 million royalty-free photos. They have monthly subscription plans or the option for on-demand subscriptions to their images (such as 5 high-resolution photos for $49). They have over 240,000 photographers contributing stock photos to their marketplace, and they add close to 80,000 new photos per week!
10. Top 25 Web Hosts
TopHosts.com is a complete web hosting resource, providing site owners tools and information about the hosting industry. Founded in 1997, TopHosts.com has been around for a quite a while! They provide a forum as a venue to bring people together to discuss web hosting, as well as a Top 25 Web Hosts list that highlights top-notch hosting providers in various categories (such as Best Customer Support and Best Shared Host).
Remote Tiger, Inc. is a creative agency offering several professional services including web design, web application development, mobile application development, and more. They cater to over 200 clients worldwide, from small businesses to publicly traded companies. They have headquarters at Washington, D.C. and 65 developers at hand.
12. SiteGrinder 3
SiteGrinder 3 is a website development platform plugin for Photoshop. For web designers that have difficultly in coding and deploying websites, SiteGrinder 3 is a tool you may want to check out. You can expand SiteGrinder 3 through addons, including a Commerce add-on for building e-commerce-enabled websites.
13. PSD to HTML
PSD to HTML offers Photoshop file to HTML/CSS template conversions for web designers wanting to focus on just design and have someone else deal with all the coding. Their packages are reasonably priced, starting from $149. And we all know how much of a pain making HTML email templates are. Why subject yourself to all that frustration when you can have PSD to HTML code it up for you?
Formstack is a hosted web form app for developing contact forms, surveys, and more. What’s so great about Formstack is that they have integrated solutions for accepting payments, which makes the service awesome for receiving online payments, donations and managing event registrations. They have a slick form builder that can get you up and running in minutes, theming and embedding features so that you can seamlessly integrate your web forms into your existing site, the ability to brand the app so that you can provide it as a service to your own clients, and more.
ThemeForest is one of the web’s leading marketplaces for site templates and CMS themes. They offer close to 3,000 site templates and themes (starting from $1 each) for static HTML sites, HTML emails, WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and more. They also have a tumblr blog that covers topics in web design and web development.
Site24x7 is an application for monitoring your website and web servers. It logs, records, and watches out for website uptime issues, website performance issues, DNS records, and much more. Site24x7 has an iPhone version so that you can keep yourself clued in to the status of your web properties even when you’re located remotely. Developers will gain access to their API for creating custom tools and apps that utilize Site24x7′s service.
Worketc is an all-in-one app solution for project-based work. It’s a customer relationship management (CRM) system, it can handle your billings, sales, support, and can manage your project and timelines. If you’re sick and tired of juggling a myriad of apps to run your business, Worketc gives you an integrated solution.
eConnect is a web-based application for creating, managing, and sending email campaigns. It has an intuitive interface that gives you features such as reporting and analytics, the ability to create subscription web forms, and an API for making your own tools and apps. It has possible integration with other applications and services such as Salesforce. To get started, you can request for a personalized live demo of their product.
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