Tools Chris Recommends

old tools on a work benchChris manages his business and personal commitments with a set of proven tools. Peruse the list below and test some of these tools for yourself.

Chris is an Apple user. Hardware solutions include the iMac and MacBook Air, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6s, and Apple Watch Series 2. Software solutions listed are those that run on Apple platforms (which Chris highly recommends).

Chris is constantly testing new tools to increase his effectiveness. Those that make the cut in the real world will appear here soon after.

What tools do you use? Which tools do you suggest Chris try out? Please add your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  • WordPress is a software solution used to create beautiful websites or blogs. It’s free. It’s flexible. It’s extendable with plugins, themes, and more. Chris has four active websites, all of which use WordPress.
  • Sucuri is my web firewall provider, site backup provider, and malware protector. I’ve experienced malware attacks on two of my websites over the past six months. Now all four of my sites enjoy the 24/7 watchful protection and daily backups, care of Sucuri.
  • Bluedomino is Chris’ web host provider. They offer 24/7 support, simple WordPress integration, unlimited disk space & bandwidth, unlimited email accounts, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Plans start at only $5.50 per month.
  • MailChimp is Chris’ web-based email subscriber system. It is a terrific tool for creating effective email campaigns and analyzing their effectiveness. Chris’ email subscriber list is entirely built with MailChimp.
  • Pretty Link Pro is a powerful WordPress plugin that allows bloggers to shrink, cloak, track, organize, and share all of their links on their own domain. Chris secured his “short” domain at bluedomino and uses it for his custom short URL’s. Try Pretty Link Lite risk free.
  • Clicky is a terrific website traffic analyzer. It offers rich LIVE data on site visitors, where they came from (searches or links), what resources they found on your site, how long they stayed, and more. The free version is awesome.
  • Soliloquy is a brilliant WordPress slider plugin. Chris has experimented with a number of different image gallery and slide show plugins and NONE of them are as easy, professional, and reliable as Soliloquy.
  • OptinMonster is a terrific solution to convert site visitors to subscribers. The footer below is powered by OptinMonster – as is the popup window inviting you to subscribe.

Social Media

  • SocialJukebox is Chris’ web-based social media scheduler. With SocialJukebox I upload posts (text and images) in advance, then schedule the posting of those posts by day, time, frequency, platform (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) and more. SocialJukebox is a huge timesaver – and it keeps me posting when I’m in the air, in front of clients, playing outside, or sleeping.
  • HootSuite Pro is Chris’ web-based social media dashboard. Chris is able to track tweets/posts, mentions, direct messages, replies, hashtags, and more for Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Apps are available for smartphones and tablets. Reports provide insightful analytics on engagement. 50% Off HootSuite Pro for 90 Days!
  • Tweetbot is one of the most powerful Twitter applications on the planet. Chris uses the Mac app as well as Tweetbot for iPad and Tweetbot for iPhone.


  • Evernote is Chris’ personal “tactical memory” application. It quickly captures notes, pictures, and audio – whatever you need to remember. Available in Mac, PC, smartphone, tablet, and web formats that all sync seamlessly, Evernote keeps you on track. Tag this “#lifesaver.”
  • Evernote Essentials is Brett Kelly’s outstanding ebook guide to getting the most out of Evernote. $29 and completely worth it.
  • Nozbe keeps Chris’ tasks up to date across all of his various devices. Nozbe organizes tasks by projects. One can share or assign tasks to team members, have team conversations about tasks, and coordinate efforts beautifully. Available in web, Mac, PC, smartphone, and tablet versions, this brilliant task manager also deserves the “#lifesaver” tag.
  • Dropbox is Chris’ live, working documents folder for his Mac computers. Files are synced across all devices seamlessly and readily available to view on any connected devices. Peace of mind!
  • FreshBooks is Chris’ cloud-based accounting solution. Built for small business people (not accountants), FreshBooks makes project management, time tracking, invoicing, and getting paid a breeze. The 30-day free trial helps you get a feel for this service at no risk.


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