Programming Tools

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Create stunning apps for Windows, Android, iOS, and the web with a powerful integrated development environment. Visual Studio has Everything you need to build and deploy your app on any platform – for FREE.
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Whenever I develop in JavaScript, HTML or CSS, I turn to WebStorm. Starting out, it is a nice little editor. As you get comfortable with it and start to learn how to use the little extras, it becomes a must-have tool. Quick search, auto-save and built-in windows for npm, gulp and the terminal are just some of the wonderful features of WebStorm.
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Web Hosting

I used to host on the cheapest platform I could find but I got tired of horrible customer service, poor site speeds and that feeling of dread when something goes wrong and support isn’t responding. Then I came across SiteGround. They aren’t expensive yet they blow “typical” hosts out of the water in every category. Their customer service is responsive, knowledgeable and friendly (yep, spoke to them more than once), their hosting platform is blazing fast (with tests to prove it) and I’ve never had a downtime problem but I’m confident that if I did, their support would be all over it.
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Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is an amazing cloud platform. Need a new website? You can make one in 20 seconds. Need a virtual machine in the cloud running Microsoft Windows? That might take three clicks and 60 seconds. I use Azure for all of my testing needs, as well as for a few production items as well. Best of all, if you are a DreamSpark, BizSpark or MSDN member then you get free Azure credits every month.
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Marketing Tools

I can’t say enough good about LeadPages. At first I was sceptical about paying for a service that, at its root, just creates landing pages. After using LeadPages, I am now a believer. I can create a powerful and proven landing page in 5 minutes without writing code. Add on top of that LeadDigits and all of the automation and this is a must-have tool.
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When you are getting started, everything seems to cost money yet you aren’t making any money yet. MailChimp understands that, which is why they allow you to build your mailing list for free. This is where I started and one of the many reasons why I am staying with them. There pricing is also reasonable and their marketing campaign tools are very good.
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