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Stuff I Use & Recommend

What do I use and recommend - Chandoo

Why and what is this page?

From a tiny little site in 2004, Chandoo.org grew to be massive resource on all things Excel & Power BI today. Running this site is an exciting thing. Over the years, I have learned to use certain software, hardware, websites to help me maintain this site & my YouTube channel and make people awesome in their work. Now a days, many people ask me, “Hey Chandoo, what tool do you use to do that? It looks cool.” This page is my answer to those questions.

To Run Chandoo.org

  • Domain names: I get all my domains from either NameCheap or Godaddy
  • Webhosting: I recommend using either Bluehost or SquareSpace.
  • Dedicated Servers: If your website gets really busy, consider hosting it on a dedicated or virtual private servers. I use Knownhost for this.
  • e-Commerce: I suggest using Shopify for everyone. But if you are a bit tech savvy and don’t mind coding stuff on your own, you can also use e-Junkie & Stripe.
  • Website: I use hand-crafted HTML, WordPress and a bit of PHP to run this website. 
  • WordPress Plug-ins: To run the website, I use a bunch of wordpress plug-ins. The main ones are Elementor & Wishlistmember.
  • Online Classes: I reocmmend using teachable to set up and run your online classes.
  • Outsourcing my work: Whenever I need a quick task done, I use upwork to hire freelancers. 

 

To Run YouTube Channel

  • Screen recording Software: I use Techsmith Camtasia to record & edit most of my videos. 
  • Video Editing: Most of my video editing is done with Camtasia. I also use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit some videos.
  • Cameras: My primary camera is Canon M50. It produces excellent quality images for a reasonable price. I also use Logitech C920 as my alternative camera.
  • Mic: Audio quality is more important than video quality on YouTube. I use Blue Yeti mic as my primary audio capture device. I also use Rode Shotgun mic & Rode Wireless Go mics with my camera.
  • Phone: Ocasionally I use my phone (Samsung Galaxy S20FE) to shoot videos and record audio. It does a fabulous job at capturing everything clearly. If I am buying a phone today, I would go for the latest S23 instead.

Computers & Stuff

  • I use a PC with Intel i5 @2.9GHZ (a bit old now) with 32GB of RAM
  • It has the NVIDIA T1000 8GB graphics card. This helps me edit and produce videos quickly.
  • My primary keyboard is a 10 year old Logitech K240. I would get the new MK240 when possible. 
  • Mouse: With video editing, there is a lot of mouse involvement. So I use Logitech MX Master 3 mouse. It helps me work faster and keeps my hand happy.
  • I also have a backup laptop when I travel. It is ASUS TUF Gaming F15. It has a decent memory, latest processor and good graphics card.
  • I use an extremely comfortable Secret Lab office chair. I can work for hours on this. 

About the links

I use affiliate links for most of the products / services mentioned on this page. I receive a small commission if you chose to purchase the item. 

Anything else you want to know?

Do you want to know about any other stuff I use? Leave a comment so I can update this page.

Originally published on February 24, 2012
Last updated on May 1, 2023

71 Responses to “Stuff I use and recommend”

  1. Abhinay says:

    I believe in my opinion no one shares what goes behind to run their websites.You are awesome being open in sharing these to us.

    Just curious,what made you to choose MS excel as the prime content for the website.

  2. Pushkar says:

    Dear Chandoo,

    Wow Chandoo you are awesome! Nobody gives such a list of tools.
    Can you please update this list with Antivirus program you use?I think it is must for Internet Savvy people like you,right??

    Thank You.
    Pushkar

  3. Mohsin says:

    I pray that you succeed with your business and enjoy it !!
    You are a true MAN.

  4. manoj verma says:

    Awesome is the only word that suits you sir !!. I am your junior at Planet-I.

  5. Chandoo says:

    @Mohsin & Manoj.. Thank you so much for the lovely words.

  6. Shaan says:

    Hello Mr.Chandoo,
    Thansk for the list.

    What Bank and type of account do you use/suggest for online payments received and other transactions.

    I would like to start a website and would like to connect the paypal account and other accounts you have mentioned above, to the bank account.

    Which bank do you suggest and what type of account do I need to open?

    Please let me know.

    thanks,
    Shaan

    • Chandoo says:

      @Shaan.. Welcome to Chandoo.org and thanks for your comment. I use ICICI & SBH to handle all payments. You can open current account with any bank (thank has IFSC, Wire transfer enabled) near your office / home. Please ask your banker about service charges, maintenance fees and any special charges applicable for receiving oversees funds. Most large banks have very low / no charges on stuff like this.

      • Shaan says:

        Hello Mr.Chandoo,

        Thanks for your reply!

        You are doing an excellent job and a good inspiration to people like me.

        Take care.

        Thanks,
        Shaan
         

  7. Shobhit says:

    This is so amazing and you are awesome.

    I was a complete newbie when I started reading your blog and now am thinking of blooging on Excel. 😉

    Thanks for such a great blog. 🙂

  8. Pradeep D says:

    Hi Purna/Chandoo.. Not sure what would you prefer to be called ;). I am very much impressed with your work!! No words to express. Trying to sign up for your newsletter and feed, but getting an error. Page cannot be displayed.

    Thanks and regards,
    Pradeep D 

  9. Jason Ellis says:

    Hi Chandoo. Thank you so much for sharing this information. Like you, I am setting up a site with free videos and pay videos. How do you handle the pay video access? I want it to be as seamless as possible for the users... something like this:

    - they pay for the package of videos (like your site has)
    - they can then login at my site to get to those videos, probably hosted on another site/server
    - they can parse the "paid for" list at any time, rather than having to find an e-mail I sent them with a link to each package.

    Any advice on this?

    Thanks.

    Jason 

  10. Vrunda says:

    Chandoo you r really great!!!
    you shared a lot of things . Thanks!!!!
    y
     

  11. Vrunda says:

    I want to know do u yourself create ur Websites Or some designer.????
    Which software do u use then for website creation? 

  12. Latha says:

    Chandoo Garu & everyone here

    Namaskaram,

    Your site is really great.  I honour & respect your views the way you described in this site.  You are so honest, sharing, caring & cool.

    May God bless your entire family & all the best to you Sir, 

    Thank you so much for such a lovely & awesome site.  
    This word "awesome" suits more when this word is used by yourself.

    Good word "Awesome"

    Thank you so much.

     

  13. [...] There are many other software, companies and websites that help me every day. I am really thankful to each and every one of these. Detailed listing here. [...]

  14. Graham says:

    Hi Chandoo & team,
    clearly your site is just outstanding. The information sharing is 1st class and the attention to detail is superb.
    Thanks so much and wish you every success in 2013. See you again when you are next in Australia.
    cheers
    Graham

  15. Dawn Therrian says:

    I would love to know if you can recommend anyone that does what chandoo does for excel but in word?

  16. Lesleyne Henry says:

    Hello, I signed up for all 4 classes but I cannot load the video on my I pad, please help!  

  17. Abhilash VK says:

    Hi Chandoo, I am seeing this page for almost 6 to 7 times by now but still i feel like seeing because of the good info that you have posted. You are really a good hearted and awesome as a person. Very few will share the hidden secrets like this. Thanks again Chandoo.org

  18. Rohit Jaiswal says:

    Awesome! is the right word to express your work Chandoo 🙂 . I have a suggestion for taking Static Screenshots. Try Picpick.org. I have been using it for more than a year now and it works very efficiently with its shortcuts.

  19. elsie says:

    hi chandoo

    i am new to your site, work and your will to share. I did design a microfinance product front end and i have been looking for ways to do the backend. pls visit my site to gain an insight into what i am taking about. i used serif's webplus 6.

    thanks

    elsie

  20. rahul says:

    brother, it is awesome work,
    meeru intha open ga cheppadam chaala great

    keep rocking brother, good n8,

  21. s y venu reddy says:

    I have very inspired by your work.

  22. Brett Ellingson says:

    What program do you use to create the animated gifs?

    I thought maybe it would be on this page but I couldn't find it.

    Thanks!!!

    • Chandoo says:

      I use camtasia to record and produce animated gifs. It is mentioned in the list above 🙂

      • Brett Ellingson says:

        Great thanks!!

        I saw that Camtasia was/is one of the tools that you use. I didn't know that you could use it to create/produce an animated gif. So very, very cool!!

        I have SnagiT but do not have Camtasia yet...I can handle $30 but the $300 price tag for Camtasia has been prohibitive for me so far. But now I have one more reason for purchasing that amazing techsmith product.

        Thanks again mr pointy haired dilbert!!!

  23. Suresh says:

    I was just telling my friend. Rarely people share their secret of success. But you did! Awesome will be a lesser word to appreciate you.

    I am also interested in MS Excel and getting experienced on a daily basis. Planning to start my blog/website related to MS Excel. Would appreciate your contribution towards my start and growth.

    E Mail: sureshkumaricwa@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Suresh.

  24. Abhay says:

    Hi Chandoo,

    Thank you for sharing this useful information.

    I tried using Camtasia Trial version. When I try to render video it really takes long and my Laptop entire CPU (100%). I am converting it to MP4 for some 20 minutes video. Tried searching on you tube but could not get appropriate answer.

    Can you please tell me does it has to do anything with i5 or RAM? I am using i3 and 4 GB RAM?

  25. Edward Richard says:

    I joined the excel school... curious if there is a way to view lessons on my ipad min... my first attempts were unsuccessful... is there an issue with accessing course materials on this device due to not being able to download anything or other reason?

    thanks,
    Ed

  26. Yash says:

    awesome article bro clean description no BS i like it the way you shared the details i got to learn many things from this article particularly about website management ,i came across your site for the first time and i am impressed ill follow your site regularly but tell me from where do i start learning excel from your tuts and which version of excel is currently and most commonly used in the in Indian companies for their day to day need ,i am a bit confused about it and as per what i came across i see major difference between excell07 and 2010 mostly facelift with a few new and useful features and i have no idea about excel 2013 never used it.

  27. Sabir says:

    Hi Chandoo,

    Its really Awesome. I have no more words to say.

    Regards,
    Sabir

  28. Dhaval Paun says:

    Hi Dear,

    I am running consulting firm in Finance and Management and Recently I subscribed to your online classes programmes. I wanted to know, if any way out possible, to host my work in excel on my website for viewing/editing/experimenting without the visitor to download the same.

    I like your blogs and looking forward to update on the post http://startupdesi.com/startup-goals-2013/ 😉

    Thanks and Regards,
    Dhaval Paun

  29. m says:

    Hi Chandoo

    What software/plugin do you use to handle membership to yuor courses? Do you use something like WP Wishlist?

    Love the site!

    Thanks

  30. […] There are many other software, companies and websites that help me every day. I am really thankful to each and every one of these. Detailed listing here. […]

  31. nadimhussain says:

    Chandoo,

    This site has been the gem of 2013 for me!

    I like the way you have embeded video animation into your site - can you tell me how you achieved this result please. Id like to be able to show training videos with a similar effect.

    Nadim

    • Hui... says:

      @Nadim
      Chandoo and I both use Camtasia Studio 7 for animations
      It is used to make animated GIF files of recorded screen captures

      Refer: http://chandoo.org/wp/about/what-we-use/

      • nadimhussain says:

        Hui,

        Many thanks with your very prompt response. I will investigate this further with Camtasia. Its the 'animated GIF files of recorded screen capture' that im trying to understand how you managed to have this on a site as it answers my obsticle of 'how to i show users' without heavily loading the server with large video files.

        Nadim

  32. Puneet Gogia says:

    Hi,
    Chandoo,

    You are a role model for me. I Just enjoying excel from last 3 years. I had found few months back that excel is the only thing which i have to do.

    Will talk to you some day if possible.

    Thanks

  33. Chakri says:

    Keep up the good work.I am glad that a fellow vizagite is rocking the online world with a awesome website which is very functional.

  34. Manmeet says:

    Hi Chandoo,

    You have a great site and keep up the good work.

    Your feeling of sharing is great.

    Thanks.

  35. Drew says:

    You are really an open good person, really appreciate your work.

  36. SANDIP GUPTA says:

    i want to learn software which help me to creat different add in , and i want that my software have installation facility so that user does not copy and use it to different computer , whish programming language you will recommend to me,

    thank you

  37. Rajan says:

    Do you do Seo for your website?

  38. Julio says:

    Hi Chandoo,
    Im very pleased to be your follower.

    In which resolution do you save the videos in camtasia ?.

    Thanks in advance
    Julio

  39. Chandra Sekhar Manda says:

    Hi Chandoo

    In fact my name is also a chandu (research scientist) and i would like to know how to generate a code for sequential numbers which are to be created in Ms word using VBA excel- macro language.
    Appreciate your response and would like to join in your team.
    Thank you.
    Chandra

    • Hui... says:

      @Chandra
      You can use Numbering
      Simply make a list and click on the Numbering Button

      or

      Insert a table
      Select a cell in the 2nd Row
      Goto the Layout, Formula tab
      =SUM(ABOVE)+1
      Set Display format
      Apply
      Repeat for each row

      or using VBA

      Sub ListNumbers()
      For i = 1 To 10
      Selection.TypeText Text:=i
      Selection.TypeParagraph
      Next
      End Sub

  40. Megna says:

    Hi Hui,
    Do you use any membership plugins for managing subscriptions?

  41. Vrunda says:

    What do you use for Your classes , which membership software do you use?

  42. Omeed says:

    At first I thought it was silly that you included this page (doesn't exactly match your core)... but I'm very thankful you did! I learned and have adopted a few of your recs!
    Kudos!

  43. kamal kumar says:

    Chandoo there are a lot of things we can learn from this post and thankew so much for sharing your knowledge ..afterall sharing is caring

  44. Terp says:

    Chandoo, for WordPress, do you use a custom theme, a framework (like Genesis or Thesis) or a multipurpose them (like Avada or X)? Thanks for all this great and useful information.

  45. Dinesh says:

    seriously you have done hard work to make people's life simpler

  46. Dele says:

    Hi.

    Can you please suggest a designer/developer who can create my web sales page (including graphics) and also help integrate it with e-junkie and 2checkout?

    Thanks

  47. Jordan says:

    Chandoo,

    Have you ever tried using web scraping software to extract data? If so, Mozenda allows end users to automatically extract data that can be easily formatted in Excel and others.

    Go ahead and start your trial today by visiting http://www.mozenda.com

  48. Brij mohan sharma says:

    Thanks.

    Awesome information I really enjoyed.its wonderful and share it with my friends

  49. rajan aggarwal says:

    Dear Chandoo,
    Which emailing services you use for sending bulk email?

  50. Good info to know. Any updates since this was published?

  51. Avik Bal says:

    Dear Chandoo, You are an inspiration to me. Your tutorials are so awesome, once i open your website, i keep n reading and reading. All the articles are so captivating. Thanks a lot.
    Its 2017 and the new age data analytics demads more. With Python and R challenging the godfather SAS, the emergence of bigdata tech and all has disrupted the Data Science Market.
    I am a MBA student and learning Data Analysis. I wanted to ask you do you think in todays market, being a master of Excel alone will be good enough to be a business analyst ? If not what else shall i start learning ?

  52. Dinesh verma says:

    how much time you take to write these kind of stuff

  53. Robyn says:

    Is your program MAC supported?

  54. Murugesan says:

    Dear Chandoo,
    You are my role model. Very impressed (an understatement!) with your achievement.
    I have one query about Paypal. They require a US bank account to withdraw money. I am from India same like you, not having any connection with US. Hence not able to open US Bank account.
    Is there a workaround.
    Thank you,
    Murugesan

  55. Ashish says:

    Wow Man !! Awesome Article, Thanks For Sharing This Useful Information

  56. Rajan says:

    After reading this I bought Yeti Mike. I tried to record but it doesn't capture sound. I tried all possible online solution but still couldn't get success. I think I'm doing something wrong our what. Will you please help. I'd like to understand how you run it.

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