Below are some useful links to various web services that we strongly believe can work for your business, because we use these ourselves. Note that some of these are affiliate links, meaning we’ll make a commission if you decide to purchase through our link, however this is at no additional cost to you.
Hosting & Domain Registration
- Blue Host : For registering .com domain names and hosting. We recommend this because of the great customer service, easy to use interface and fast one click WordPress installations. If your going to buy anything other than a .co.za domain, we recommend this one.
- AK Systems : For registering and hosting South African domain names (.co.za) we recommend our partner, AK Systems. At R599 per year annual hosting, AK also offers free domain registration for the first year, WP install service and a contact center in SA. Further more, MBG Media website clients get their first year of hosting on us.
- 99 Designs : We can’t say enough good things about this service. How it works is you give some details about what kind of design you want and submit it. Then, designers around the world compete for who gets the job by presenting their best interpretation of what you want for a logo, business card, flyer etc. Meaning you have dozens of options to choose from. We HIGHLY recommend you check it out.
- DepositPhoto : If you need stock photos, look no further than deposit photo. They have very good quality stock photos at much more affordable rates than some of their competitors out there. Click the link to get an additional 15% discount on us!
- GIMP : A free alternative to Photoshop, GIMP is actually quite a powerful Image Editing AND graphic creation tool. We use GIMP on our Windows machines. Try it, it’s free!
- Pixelmator for Mac : For Mac Users (we prefer Mac over windows) we recommend Pixelmator. It is far more affordable than Photoshop and it is Powerful. Absolutely unbeatable at this price point ($29), plus there are tons and tons of tutorials out there, Pixelmator is what we use for all our web graphics. Check out their site or search Pixelmator in the Mac App Store.
Apps & Web Design
- COMO App Maker : We use COMO ourselves to build apps and we can say with confidence it’s the easiest and fastest way to build and deploy apps to the Apple and Google Play App stores. With great integrations already existing, you can build the iPhone or Android app you’ve always wanted and COMO will take care of deploying it to the App Store for you. Works for tablets too.
- Web Design : Coming Soon!
- Business-in-a-Box : It is becoming ever more important for start ups to have legal agreements with customers, partner, employees etc. but it may not always be possible for start ups to be able to afford lawyers to draft these documents for them. Enter Biztree, with their revolutionary Business-In-a-Box software. We use it ourselves and we never need to call a lawyer to draft a legal document, all your necessary documents are in a giant library that you can just open and fill in the blanks where names and dates go. Brilliant! ( Important Note: OSX Yosemite version not yet out )
- DupleDoc : For medium to large sized enterprises, or for people dealing with many legal documents on a daily basis, DupleDoc speeds up the process through document merging. A cloud based system, you basically upload your legal documents, define what fields of that document are variable, then define what documents go together with documents and those fields then boom, DupleDoc creates a form for you. Now evey time you need that loan agreement or lease contract you just fill in names and dates in a form and your documents are ready.