For the curious among you, this page lists the products and services that we pay for and no other solution will do. Bear in mind that we only use paid solutions when free alternatives fail to deliver what I need to complete a specific task or the solution leads to an obvious increase in productivity. We only increase client costs when absolutely necessary.
All recommendations are in active use. Some have referral links, others do not. If you sign up using a referral link, we receive a commission that is gratefully accepted. If you’re fundamentally opposed to using referral links, that’s okay too (just use a direct site link) but our recommendation stands for each entry. Affiliate marketing is not and never will be our focus. The free products and services we use are indicated on our freelance site.
Entries will be added as time allows, given that work must take priority over site updates.
Site Hosting – Our preferred hosting provider is ICDSoft. With servers in the USA, Europe and Hong Kong, their support team is second to none. We’ve been with them for the last 10 years (started with shared hosting and now on VPS), after poor experiences with other providers in Ireland, the UK and the US in the previous 15 years. If you want uptime, timely 24/7 support (always within minutes) and professionalism, then ICDSoft is our only recommendation.
Spam Protection – We use the Spam Protection by Cleantalk WordPress plugin ( the entry-level package that covers up to three sites). For a small annual fee, your sites are protected against comment and contact form spam – a real time saver as there’s no need to review and delete received spam . To review and perhaps purchase the product, click on the button on the footer or use the referral link shown here.