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DreamHost. Dreamhost is one of the web’s most popular hosts, offering both standard shared plans starting as low as $8.95/month and dedicated server plans for customers with larger bandwidth and availability needs. Dreamhost isn’t afraid to offer you valuable features such as unlimited email accounts, support for Google apps, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited databases.

Hostgator.  Now that you are about to begin your online business and create a self-hosted WordPress website, you need reliable hosting.  This means unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains, and great customer support 24/7.  They can help you many issues that would otherwise take you hours to figure out yourself.  Hostgator is a great choice.

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ThemeForest.  This site is a collection of developers (authors) and there are hundreds to look through.  When you have a few hours to kill, take your time to look through there designs.  They break the themes into categories (like Corporate, Blogging, Creative, Ecommerce, etc.).  You’ll find some very powerful themes here with a great diversity of styles and functionality.  For example, check out this ecommerce theme.

Woo Themes. These guys have some very nice-looking themes and they are built on a solid framework.  They have 94 themes and have been downloaded over 9,356,003 times and have 288,977 people use them as their theme provider.To top it off, they have excellent customer support.  By the way, if you’re looking to have ecommerce on your site, WooCommerce is a good choice.

Elegant Themes.  These themes have a strong but simple foundation that make building your new WordPress site a breeze.  They are also very affordable.  In fact, currently, it’s only $39/year to subscribe to get access to their entire collection of 76 themes.  Very good and timely customer support, as well.

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WPMU DevWPMU DEV. Top quality, customizable, always updated and guaranteed to work themes and plugins. Specializing in Multisite and BuddyPress compatibility. Live chat with support staff available everyday during several designated time blocks. Unbeatable customer support.

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1and1.com. This registrant is one of the few that gives you free privacy registration (if you want privacy).  Their prices are about the same as all the rest of the registrants and their customer support is satisfactory.  You won’t have any problem managing your domains from their administration panel.

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Aweber. You will need an email management system–also known as an autoresponder– if you will be building an online business.  Aweber was one of the first and remains a leader in this area.  Having a third party system will ensure that your emails are delivered with high reliability to your email list.  As they say, your real asset is your email list.

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Cart66.   You need a reliable shopping cart to connect to your WordPress site.  Cart66 has a free version you can use to get started.  It will have some limitations, but it will allow you to test its functionality to see if you like it.  Once you’re happy with it, and if you need the additional capability such as reports and ability to connect to a merchant account, you can upgrade to the Pro version.  This plugin is easy to install and intuitive to work with.  They have very good customer support should you have any challenges making it work for your site.

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