Below you’ll find some of the most valuable tools and services + greatest discounts I’ve come across.
I update the page regularly and highly recommend everything on this page, honestly and warmheartedly.
Last updated: December 3rd, 2017.
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Recommended Managed WordPress Hosting
WP Engine – managed WordPress hosting (read WebMatros review)
WP Engine offers “managed hosting” of WordPress websites. They take care of everything for you, including performance optimization, backups and WordPress updates. WP Engine are pioneers of legendary managed WordPress hosting.
WP Engine this year won their third Stevie award for outstanding customer experience! They also have an industry-leading (and totally frictionless) 60 day money-back guarantee should you (for any reason) change your mind. So there’s literally no risk.
If your WordPress site is slow, or you’re setting up a new site; now’s the time to give WP Engine a try!
WP Engine offer: Save 20% off your first payment
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Flywheel – managed WordPress hosting (read WebMatros review)
Flywheel has done really well in my tests. Fast page loads and a nicely designed UI. Perfect for web designers setting up websites for clients. Once launched, your client can easily be handed “the keys” to their new website and hosting account.
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? 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 »
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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 »
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:)
Dynamik Website Builder (read WebMatros review)
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. Also works great with Beaver Builder above!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
Much more than just “hello bars” – this has evolved into a super flexible little marketing automation system, with popups, overlays, and more. Very intelligent, I love using it!
Podcasting & Audio Production
Waves Pro Audio Plugins
Most of the audio plugins I’m using are from Waves. They do amazing plugins like Greg Wells’ MixCentric, which makes mastering really easy. It’s just one knob:)
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!
A free, extended color picker for Max OS X.
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!
Doing user experience design? Check out this vast design pattern resource.
A minimalistic, super quick online wireframing app. Perfect for that quick mockup.
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.
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.
A typographic scale calculator, with a visual preview. Makes it much easier to choose beautiful header sizes etc.
Use Typecast to play with Google Fonts in a great testing environment.
Coding & Development
Generates favicons, both .ico & .png (even transparent ones!) and all the HTML code needed for your website. It’s free:)
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!
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.