Welcome to Finance For Geek’s recommended resources page! Recommendations on this page are for tools, resources and services that I like and trust. I will update this page every time I’ll come across new, useful or interesting products. If you are new here, you can learn more about me.
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Finance Management and Tracking
Mint (FREE) — If tracking your money is something new, Mint is a great place to start. It’s a free online personal finance service which automates all your accounts. It is really useful when it comes to budgeting and tracking net worth, spending patterns, investments and more. You can set it to receive email alerts, which is really nice. Unfortunately, investments tools from Mint are not available in Canada. It also features a very user-friendly iOS and Android App, and it integrates very easily with Wealthsimple.
Investment and Automation
Wealthsimple – Wealthsimple is a robo-investment service for Canadians that invests your money in low cost index funds (such as ETF). Simply make a deposit and watch your money go to work. Signup process is really smooth and it is really an effective mean to “set it and forget it”, as it’ll do the rest! Opening an account takes less than 10 minutes and I’ve invested over $1,000 so far (check out my Wealthsimple review here). The first $5,000 are managed for free, yet it goes up to $10,000 when you signup with my link.
Bluehost – This is definitely the best place to start for new bloggers. I’ve been using Bluehost for over 5 years (this is where is hosted Finance For Geek) and haven’t experienced a single problem so far! The price is really cheap, their uptime is great, and the only time I’ve been in touch with their support, it was really quick and helpful. You also get the domain name free with any of their hosting packages. If you haven’t done it already, take the chance to start a website now and check out my complete guide on how to start a blog on Bluehost!
WordPress (FREE) – This is the content management software (CMS) I use to manage Finance For Geek. WordPress is infinitely customizable and the platform of choice for 99.9% of successful blogs. It features everything you would expect from a CMS, such as a wide variety of plugins, WYSIWYG editor and also many responsive-ready themes (free or premium). You can start with their free hosting solution which is WordPress.com, or you can host it anywhere on any kind of hosting platform (such as Bluehost).
X-Theme – X-theme is a premium theme custom-made for WordPress, which offers multiple unique designs, plenty of extensions and close to unlimited customizations. It comes with 4 primary templates (stacks) which act as kick-off points to design a unique website. It’s highly-flexible and bundled with multiple plugins and extensions, and it’s also one of the all-time top selling WordPress themes. It’s the theme I’m using on Finance For Geek and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a premium theme.
Genesis – Genesis is also a premium theme for WordPress. Technically speaking it’s more of a framework that developers and designers can use as a base for their custom child themes. It’s made by StudioPress and there are hundreds of theme stores out there with custom Genesis child themes. I used this theme in the past, and it’s still one of the most powerful and popular theme for WordPress. It looks professional and it doesn’t go too fancy with visuals. Definitely one of the themes I’d recommend along with X-Theme which I’m using on this website!
MaxCDN – MaxCDN is one of the top WordPress CDN provider. If you don’t know what is a CDN, it’s a large distributed system of highly-optmized servers deployed in data centers across the globe serving content to end-users with high availability and high performance. CDN solutions are designed for performance and are typically used for images, CSS and JS files if you want to offload them from your web hosting provider. MaxCDN is really easy to setup on WordPress. Definitely one of the best tool if you want true professional CDN features!
Social Warfare – Social Warfare is one of the best social sharing plugin for WordPress. I tried many different social plugins before using this one here, but this one features everything you would expect from a nice and clean social plugin! It features visually stunning social share buttons, click-to-tweet functionality and it is fully responsive. All of the features which you would expect from a true premium plugin. If you want to have true professional sharing features, this is by far the best plugin to look for.
PicMonkey – PicMonkey is a free online photo editor which I use to edit all of my photos on this website. It is a *must have* in case you’re using sharing features on social media or if you need to improve your photos in a simple and convenient way! It is free, but you can have an improved version which removes ads you see while editing and some more advanced features! Adding images to my blog posts isn’t my favorite task, but PicMonkey makes this process so much more simple. Definitively the number one picture editor for non-artistic people.
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What about you? Do you have any favorite resources?