I have been in this line of work for over two decades. And I say that in order to make 2 points: (1) I have used, tested and reviewed a helluva lot of tools, and (2) I see right through shiny objects and hypey launches and make it part of my job to help my clients, students and readers avoid wasting money as they build their blogs and businesses.
This page contains my top, official recommendations for various tools that are necessary for pretty much all online businesses.
Nothing goes on this page without me having personally owned and used it. These are tools that I use, recommend and stand behind. Some of the links are affiliate links which means if you click and buy, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you.
Cloudways is my top hosting recommendation… and I use personally. It is far more cost-effective because you are getting a virtual private server with far more horsepower and flexibility than most consumer web hosts. I use Cloudways. I have switched many of my clients to Cloudways. I stand behind it fully.