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This is the resource page of Many of you wonder the best tools to use to grow your blog, website and online business. If you want to see our collection of all the handy tools and resources we’ve created for students Head over to our Useful tools and resources for students page.

Here I share the tools I use to build AidTheStudent and continue to use to grow it. I also suggest alternatives.

My goal is to help you find success by using the best and not wasting your time with mediocre tools. Time and money is precious. Please note that I have used most of the tools listed here.

Here’s our roundup of tried and true tools and resources we use to run our business and recommend for our clients to run theirs. We have experience with all of these products, so if you need help choosing what’s right for you, or getting it set up for your business, give us a holler


Canva / design DIY graphics

Adobe Creative Cloud / advanced design tools

Typeform / stylish forms

Photodune / inexpensive stock photos

Social Media

Buffer / social media scheduling queue

Edgar / social media scheduling library

Hootsuite / social media scheduling


AccessAlly / best membership platform

UpdraftPlus / best backup plugin / watch our tutorial / URL shortener

Bluehost / shared web hosting

GoDaddy and NameCheap / domain registration

BurstAName / Domain finder

Google Analytics / website traffic stats

Hostgator / best shared web hosting

Godaddy / cheapest web hosting / image placeholders

PopupAlly / polite popup plugin

ProgressAlly / website gamification plugin

Soliloquy / image slider plugin

WebinarAlly / easy webinar plugin / read our review

WP Engine / premium WordPress hosting

YoastSEO / best search engine plugin


30 Day List Building Challenge / excellent free challenge

ActiveCampaign / mid-level email marketing

Heartquarters Insider / amazing support & education

Infusionsoft / high-level email marketing & ecommerce

Lynda / educational video subscription

Mailchimp / entry-level email marketing

Ontraport / high-level email marketing & ecommerce

Video and Audio

Camtasia / screen capture and video editing

Canon 80D SLR / prosumer camera (video too)

Microsoft Webcam / great quality and price

Blue Yeti Microphone / podcasting microphone

Colormunki / monitor color calibration

Business Management & Productivity

AppSumo / discount apps and toolsBox / cloud file storageDropbox / cloud file sharingEmily Ley Paper / planners and gorgeous office suppliesEvernote / list, notes, and document organizationFeedly / blog readerFiverr / great for voiceoversFreshbooks / simple invoicing and / quick screen sharingLastPass / password managerLaura Casey Powersheets / goal-setting and planning worksheetsMailbox Forwarding / snail mail managementQuickbooks Online / advanced accounting and invoicingVonage / phone line over your internet connection


Audible / audio book membership

Strengths Finder / identify top 5 strengths

Just for Fun

Blurb / book publishing

Ebates / earn $ shopping online

Minted / beautiful stationery & art

MomAgenda / planners for moms

Orbitz / travel deals

Pinhole Press / cute photo books for kids

Stitch Fix / personal stylist sends you fashion

TinyPrints / neat invitations & photo greetings

Please note: AidTheStudent may receive compensation if you purchase some of the items or services on this page.  We only list products and services we trust and use. The compensation doesn’t influence our recommendations, but makes it possible for us to provide free and valuable content. Our goal is to share resources we love and use, hoping to make life easier for you too!

Web hosting



Aidthestudent has been hosted with Cloudways. The reason is simple, it is the fastest WordPress hosting I have ever used and it works. They use optimized servers, server-level caching, Varnish cache, Memcached and more to deliver mind-blowing speed. You can read my review of Cloudways . The good thing is that you can try them for FREE. Read my Guide on how to setup a blog/website on Cloudways



Hosting on a budget ($1 per month)

Domain & hosting are the two basic things you need for launching a website. The domain is the name of your website (like and hosting is the space where your website files gets stored. If youre just starting up your website this is a hosting plan you can optin for if you’re looking into cheap hosting. You can try godaddy’s hosting for 30 days using the below link



If you are looking for the best WooCommerce hosting, then you should give Templ a try. They use Google cloud and Google Cloud CDN to unlock amazing speed. They have wonderful tools and offer free speed optimization service for every website migrating to their platform. You can read my Templ review.


Bluehost Small

If you are a beginner, there is no need to spend money on expensive hosting yet. Until you have enough traffic. You can start small. Bluehost is recommended by WordPress, they have cheap plans for beginners with lots of amazing tools. You can start from there and grow. Read my tutorial on bluehost

The web hosting that you use can make or break your site. A bad web host will ruin everything. A good web host will make it easy to grow. Don’t gamble.

WordPress theme



GeneratePress is the theme powering AidTheStudent. The reason is that it is the fastest WordPress theme I have seen. This theme is so lightweight, the whole code is less than 30KB but it is packed with so many features. It is schema integrated for structure data, to help outsmart competitors.


Astra Theme

If for any reason, you cannot get GeneratePress then Astra should be your next option. Astra is fast loading, with many amazing. When I ran a test, it scored 100 for every section. It is lightweight and SEO optimized.

Read how to setup a website with Astra theme

A theme is very important. A bad theme can ruin everything. It can ruin SEO, speed and conversion. Don’t gamble.


AidTheStudent Now uses Newspaper Theme. If you’re running a multiple author website or a news or magazine blog, Then newspaper theme is the best choice for you. Try it here.

Email marketing

Convert Pro

Convert Pro
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Email marketing is a VERY important factor in making money online. It does not matter if you are a blogger or running an online business, emails can turn things around. It can help you share your products with your customers or help you drive traffic. With an email list, you have a gold in hand. Convert pro is the best email marketing platform. They have amazing features and offer a free trial.


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Email marketing is extremely important if you want to become successful in blogging or online business. I use Converful for emails. Because the platform is so easy to use and the email automation is awesome. I just set and forget and the newsletter goes out beautifully. It is free if you have less than 1000 subscribers. The paid plans are cheap compared to others.

Start collecting emails. It is critical to growth online.

Other tools

Google Keyword Planner

This is the main tool I use for Keyword research. It is free and it is the best. Most other keyword tools pull their data from here.


Yoast is the main SEO plugin I use for AidTheStudent. I use the free version. It does what it is meant to do. No complains.

Asset CleanUp

Asset CleanUp is an amazing plugin. I use it to remove unused CSS and JS. It helps me unload bloats. The good thing is that it is free. It has a premium version, but I use the free version here.

Site Kit

I use it Site Kit to connect my blog to all Google products that I am using. While the stats are not detailed, they are useful.