What Makes HIF Tick

I'm often contacted by readers asking how to start their own website. While I have plans to one day write a full-fledged guide or eBook on setting up a site, I set up this page for people in the meantime.

Below you'll find many of the main tools of the trade I use to keep HIF up and running.

It'd take forever to list all the plugins and software I use. Instead, I've listed all the companies or programs I'd hate to lose.

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PIA is a premium VPN to use while securely connecting to sensitive or important websites. I've used it for years.

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ProtonVPN gives you a free US IP address to view region-blocked material, no matter where you are on the globe.

Sucuri Discount


Sucuri keeps the bad guys out, which not only secures HIF, but helps it run much faster!

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WP Rocket

WP-Rocket caches the entire site to improve site speed.

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Thrive Leads

Thrive makes managing HIF's newsletter stupid simple with forms, stats, templates, A/B testing, and many more vital features.

CoSchedule Discount


CoSchedule lets your easily manage all of your site's social media accounts right from WordPress!

Pretty Link Discount

Pretty Link Pro

Pretty Link Pro allows you to easily manage your links in one convenient admin panel.

10% off!
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Namecheap isn't the cheapest or flashiest, but they're the best registrar to buy domains!

Akismet Discount


Spam sucks and nobody likes it. Akismet agrees and blocks 99.9% of it, all for free.

Tablepress Discount


Tablepress helps display complicated info in easy-to-read formats on many of our most popular pages.

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Gravity Forms

HIF wouldn't work without tips & ideas. Gravity Forms handles those by powering our contact form.

VaultPress Discount


S#*t happens. VaultPress saves the day, 24-7, all in the background and Goob...er, idiot-proof.

Mailchimp Discount


HIF's daily freebie recap is completely powered by Mail...Kimp?

25% off!
MaxCDN Discount


MaxCDN is what keeps HIF running at top speed.

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Genesis Framework

StudioPress' Genesis theme makes HIF look great, run fast, and 100% future-proof.

Bluehost Discount


Get WordPress optimized hosting for less than a coffee each month!

Wordpress Discount


There's a reason WordPress is king. It's the only CMS where a noob can use it to create practically