Recommended Resources

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Below you’ll find some of the best and most valuable tools, sites and services that I’ve discovered.

I highly everything on this page, honestly and with a warm heart.

WordPress Hosting

WP Engine (read WebMatros review)
WP Engine offers “managed hosting” of WordPress websites. It means that they take care of everything for you, including optimisation, backup and updates. In many ways, WP Engine are the pioneers of WordPress hosting.

Media Temple (gs) Grid hosting  (read WebMatros review)
I have been a Media Temple (gs) Grid customer since 2007. When I’ve tried other hosts, I’ve always ended up going back to Media Temple. Why? Great, competent support and stability at an affordable price. Their Grid is a unique offering – loved by some, hated by others. Me? I love it. Read my comprehensive review for more info »

Media Temple (wp) managed WordPress hosting (read WebMatros review)
Media Temple also offers WordPress-specific hosting, installed, cached and optimised; just like WP Engine. There are differences though! Read the epic WebMatros speed comparison here »

Pagely WordPress & WooCommerce hosting
Pagely is higher priced than WP Engine & Media Temple above, but by some held in even higher regard. Especially if you’re looking for the absolutely best hosting for WooCommerce.

Membership Website Platforms

Rainmaker (read WebMatros review)
Built on WordPress, Rainmaker is a hosted membership website platform, tailor-made (by Copyblogger) to make publishing, marketing and selling your knowledge easier. In spring 2015 WebMatros was moved to Rainmaker. So far I’m pleased – and so relieved not having to deal with plugin issues and other woes of maintaining a “home-made” WooCommerce/EDD concoction. Rainmaker is content marketing in a box. Hubspot for the rest of us:)

Simplero
If you already have an existing website – but would like to simply (very simply… it’s Simplero after all) add a membership area, or sell access to your seminars, workshops or a mastermind group: Simplero may be the answer. I’ve met Calvin the founder on several occasions, done his moms website (she’s an artist and gallerist) and can wholeheartedly vouch for the enormous amount of passion he puts into Simplero. It’s a labour of pure love.

WordPress Themes

Headway Themes
My favorite WordPress theme framework: Flexible beyond belief, Headway is unique! It’s the ONLY WordPress theme that let’s you design a 100% custom WordPress website – without requiring any coding skills. It all happens via their innovative, grid-based Visual Editor.

Elegant Themes
Elegant Themes really does make elegant themes:)They’re also makers of Divi, their popular WordPress theme framework.

Genesis theme framework
Wanna code your own child theme? Genesis is the way to go if you love CSS, custom PHP hooks, and all that stuff.

Dynamik Website Builder
Dynamik requires the Genesis framework, as it’s essentially the world’s most advanced Genesis child theme. It lets you design your Genesis theme using a comprehensive design control panel.

Organic Themes
Organic Themes are all about quality. If you’re looking for ready-made premium themes that brand you in a big, bold yet simple way: Go Organic!

WordPress Plugins

Gravity Forms
If there’s one plugin that has never caused me any trouble, on dozens upon dozens of WordPress sites: it’s Gravity Forms. By far one of the most versatile, useful and handy WordPress plugins available. It’s not just for contact forms. Using its add-ons, you can create feedback-forms, surveys, accept payments, and much much more!

Scribe 4  Content Marketing (read WebMatros review)
Scribe went from being a simple SEO tool to a complete (yet simple) content marketing plugin for WordPress. Note: Scribe is also included in Raven Tools & Rainmaker.

User Role Editor
If you’re using WordPress as a CMS with external users / clients, then you’ll probably need this nifty plugin to edit the capabilities of user roles.

Learn & Evolve

Treehouse
Wanna learn HTML? CSS? Treehouse does the best courses in the industry. Very user-friendly learning experiences, served in an innovative user interface.

Free 2 Week Online Marketing Course
Seven foundational lessons (audio and text options) + three “how to” webinars (with transcripts) + follow up lessons and case studies – all free, to you from Copyblogger, kings of content marketing!

Getting Real
A free ebook on agile, lean software development. A must read. A true classic, that changed the way I look at web development and product design.

The Vignelli Canon
Any lover of typography (and grids!) will enjoy this, highly opinionated, free ebook by Massimo Vignelli. A great read!

Mike Monteiro: Design is a Job
Starting (or already having) your own web/design business? This book is a must and a treat. It’s shock-full of advice on dealing with clients, pitching projects, getting paid, staying creative and all the rest that’s involved in running a successful freelance business. The audiobook version is superbly narrated by Mike himself!

Ecommerce

Shopify = the world’s best ecommerce platform
Shopify is a hosted webshop platform – and a great alternative to WooCommerce. For shops selling physical goods, I always recommend Shopify to my clients. Zero hassle, world-class ninja support, always trouble-free selling.

Mobile Roadie
You don’t need to be a coder to build a nice iOS or Android app. Mobile Roadie is 100% drag & drop!

Online Marketing

Raven Tools
Raven Tools conveniently aggregates your online marketing (incl. SEO) efforts into tool – great for marketing teams and agencies! Also includes Scribe.

Graphic Design

Designing With a Grid-Based Approach
A tremendous resource, collecting a vast amount of articles on the venerable discipline of grid-based design.

Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines
A free PDF ebook filled with great usability guidelines based on solid research. Made by the US government!

Skala
A free, extended color picker for Max OS X.

Spectrum by Eigenlogik (read WebMatros review)
A simple, user friendly & sexy Mac app for creating beautiful, color schemes.

TinyPNG
Damn this PNG-compressing panda rocks! PNG files can often be compressed more than you think. This easy online app does its best to do so!

UI Patterns
Doing user experience design? Check out this vast design pattern resource.

Wireframe.cc
A minimalistic, super quick online wireframing app. Perfect for that quick mockup.

Typography

Better Google Fonts
A neat place to view Google Fonts as font families.

Golden Ratio Typography Calculator
Maverick Chris Pearson brings typography closer to an exact science with this Fibonacci-based tool.

Misprinted Type
Home of legendary font designer Eduardo Recife. Also has some free font classics. Eternal respect.

The Making of a Typeface
Wanna know what goes into the creation of a beautiful font? Treat yourself with this beautiful tour de force.

Type Scale
A typographic scale calculator, with a visual preview. Makes it much easier to choose beautiful header sizes etc.

Typecast
Use Typecast to play with Google Fonts in a great testing environment.

Coding & Development

DesktopServer
Quickly create a development server, locally on your own computer. Much faster, since no network slows you down. DesktopServer even comes with WordPress pre-installed. Just click and go – no Apache indians to catch;)

GenerateWP’s Post Type Generator
A different approach to creating custom post types for WordPress.

WordPress Custom Post Type Code Generator
Easily create custom post types for your WordPress sites, using this easy-to-use “wizard” GUI.

WordPress Plugin Boilerplate Code Generator
Jump-start your WordPress plugin development with this easy to use “wizard” GUI.

How to Use Google Analytics on a WordPress.com Blog
Have a WordPress.COM blog? Want to use Google Analytics? Here’s how it can be done!

Nerdy Data
A search engine for source code. Can be useful. Great idea!

WordPress (and others) Search & Replace Tool
A good, reliable script for migrating your WordPress database from one domain to another, or from localhost to a live server.