Hardware & Devices
Moto X Style/Pure
We’ve always been the fan of pure Android experience. Moto X Style provides the nexus like experience along with Motorola feature like moto voice, display, etc. Although it is not as snappier as newer Snapdragon devices, it does its job pretty good. And the turbocharger just makes charging very easier and convenient.
Device Status: Unlocked
ROM: AICP 12.1
HP Pavilion 15 P077tx
From day to day tasks to the occasional gaming, this laptop does the perfect job of keeping things organized. It is packed up with 4th Gen Core i5 4210u processor, 8 GB of RAM, 2 GB Nvidia 840m graphics, beats audio and much more.
Additionally, we customized it and added another 8 GB of RAM making 16GB in total and swapped the DVD writer with Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD. To be frank, it just took the performance of this rig to another level.
Blogging & Marketing Tools
Ahrefs is one of the best tools that we have found that can be helpful in keep tracking of keywords that your site ranks for, tracking and finding the competitor keywords, finding broken backlinks and many other things. With a free account you can't do much but with the paid subscription you can rocket boost your SEO and reverse engineer your competition.
As you may know, it is very hard and complicated to manage several social media profiles. Buffer helps us manage and schedule posts on our social media accounts from a single dashboard.
For Instagram as there is no API available. The buffer app on your mobile will notify you according to your schedule to publish to Instagram.
Domain & Hosting
Digital Ocean (Often abbreviated as DO) is a cloud hosting provider in the form of a virtual machine (called droplet). Here you are given an independent virtual server which you can configure as per your needs. However, everything needs to be managed via a console. So, for using DO optimally, you will require some basic knowledge of how Linux works.
Godaddy provides domain, hosting, site builder and various other services. However we use it solely for domain management as it is quite simple and user friendly interface.
BlueHost is the no. 1 recommended hosting provider. We’ve been with Bluehost almost 2.5 years. The Performance was great and there were almost no down times.
However, we migrated to Digital Ocean because there was a limit of files that can be put on BlueHost server.
Along with Digital Ocean and BlueHost, we also use Siteground to host several blogs and will highly recommend it to use because it is having a really competitive price. Service and support is at it's best. Also it's inbuilt module will let you automatically optimize your website speed and pagespeed score.
Almost all the businesses around the world supports PayPal for international transactions. There are several other payment gateways but they are not widely adapted or they have very high transaction taxes. So having a paypal account will make it easier to receive payment and transfer it to your bank account.
As Tech Arrival is based in India, we have to accept payments from local business. PayUMoney provides the best way to do so and all of it for just a nominal transaction charge.
Graphics & Editing
Editing and resizing images can be a tedious task. It has not as many features as Photoshop but for a normal blogger, it will do the job perfectly.