Resources and Tools

I only recommend online platforms that I have used to manage and grow my business. Some I have been using for years. Others are new. Don't worry, I will tell you why I use or recommend a tool or resource.

Domains & Hosting

This website is hosted on Namecheap and it is one of two hosting companies that I use and recommend.

Namecheap's Mission is

To offers the latest in the high-quality domain and hosting products at the most competitive prices in the business. We work every day to provide unparalleled levels of service, security, and support. We won’t bother you with unwanted upselling or aggressive advertising. Our goal is, to be honest, straightforward, friendly, and helpful. It’s that simple.

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I have several of my websites on Bluehost and they have a simple setup designed for newbies and this is one of the reasons I recommend it.

Bluehost's Mission is

To empower people to fully harness the web. Based in Orem, Utah, we provide comprehensive tools to millions of users throughout the world so anyone, novice or pro, can get on the web and thrive with our web hosting packages.

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Design Tools

Canva

This is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content.

Canva is:

A free straightforward design software where you can design anything in minutes. This is an all-in-one design tool with thousands of templates and stock content with a simple to use interface.

Check out Canva

Adobe Photoshop

With the help of this software, you can create beautiful images, graphics, paintings, and 3D artwork on your desktop and iPad.

Photoshop is

A raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only in raster graphics editing but in digital art as a whole.

Check out Photoshop

Paint.net

This simple to use graphic program allows you to work with layers and it a step ahead of the simple paint program on your pc.

Paint.net is

An image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo special effects and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Check out Paint.net

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps and services so you can make anything you can imagine, wherever you’re inspired.

Creative Cloud is

A collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more. Now you can take your ideas to new places with Photoshop on the iPad, draw and paint with Fresco, and design for 3D and AR. Join their global creative community — and make something better together.

Check out Adobe Creative Cloud

WordPress Website Plugins

Beaver Builder

I have been designing and developing websites online and started way back in 1998 using HTML and then moved into Dreamweaver and used several  CMS including Joomla and Drupal and now I specialize in WordPress. To make this even easier for my clients I recommend Beaver Builder as their Plug and Play Builder.

Beaver Builder's is:

Beaver Builder is a flexible drag and drops page builder that works on the front end of your WordPress website. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re going to love taking control of your website. Stop writing HTML or wrestling with confusing shortcodes. With Beaver Builder, building beautiful, professional WordPress pages is as easy as dragging and dropping.

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Legal Pages

This plugin generates a professional WordPress Privacy Policy, terms of use, terms & conditions, eCommerce returns & refunds policy, affiliate disclaimers & more. Covers 25+ expert vetted legal pages for WordPress websites.

Legal Pages is

A popular and regularly updated privacy policy generator plugins with more than 2,50,000 downloads. WordPress Bloggers, Affiliate Marketers, corporate websites, eCommerce stores, consultants use WP Legal Pages for their legal requirements. The plugin generates professional policy pages tailored to your website requirements across multiple geographies.

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All In One WP Migration

This plugin exports your WordPress website including the database, media files, plugins, and themes with no technical knowledge required.

All-in-One WP Migration is:

A plugin where you can upload your site to a different location with a drag and drop into WordPress.There is an option to apply an unlimited number of find and replace operations on your database during the export process. The plugin will also fix any
serialization problems that occur during the find/replace operation.

Check out All-in-One WP Migration

Yoast SEO

As Yoast’s mission is SEO for Everyone, the plugin’s users range from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet.

Yoast SEO is

The favorite WordPress SEO plugin for millions of users worldwide! Since 2008 Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization.

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Ultimate Addon for Beaver Builder

I love this plugin it gives me great additional features to use with my beaver builder plugin, for example, a photo gallery, dual buttons, and fancy text.

Ultimate Addon for Beaver Builder is

An Addon that Supercharges Beaver Builder with 60+ powerful modules, 200+ section templates & 100+ page templates to build WordPress websites in record time! This Beaver Builder Addon is here to make website building the ultimate journey for you all.

Check out UABB

WooCommerce

You can use WooCommerce to create, customize, and scale a store to meet a client’s exact specifications, making enhancements through extensions or custom solutions.

WooCommerce is

The world’s most popular open-source eCommerce solution. Their core platform is free, flexible, and amplified by a global community. The freedom of open-source means you retain full ownership of your store’s content and data forever.Whether you’re launching a business, taking brick-and-mortar retail online, or developing sites for clients, use WooCommerce for a store that powerfully blends content and commerce.

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Autoptimize

This plugin can help improve your site’s performance even when already on HTTP/2! There is extensive API available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site’s specific needs.

Autoptimize is

A plugin that makes optimizing your site really easy. It can aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles, injects CSS in the page head by default but can also inline critical CSS and defer the aggregated full CSS, moves and defers scripts to the footer and minifies HTML. You can optimize and lazy-load images, optimize Google Fonts, async non-aggregated JavaScript, remove WordPress core emoji cruft, and more.

Check out Autoptimize

Smush

Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality and is the award-winning, back-to-back proven crowd favorite image optimization plugin for WordPress.

Smush mission is:

To optimize your images, turn on lazy load, resize, compress and improve your Google Page Speed with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher/compressor, brought to you by the superteam at WPMU DEV!

Check out Smush

Business Tools

Google Drive

Google Drive integrates seamlessly with Docs, Sheets, and Slides, cloud-native apps that enable your team to collaborate effectively in real-time.

 

Google Drive is:

A file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.

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Asana

Work anytime, anywhere with Asana. Keep remote and distributed teams, and your entire organization focused on their goals, projects, and tasks with Asana.

Asana is

A web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work. Forrester, Inc. reports that “Asana simplifies team-based work management.” It is produced by a company of the same name.

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GTMetrix

GTmetrix has a suite of features and options to make optimizing your website clear and easy.

GTmetrix is

A free tool that analyzes your page's speed performance. Using PageSpeed and YSlow, GTmetrix generates scores for your pages.

Check out GTmetrix 

Calendly

This tool helps you schedule meetings without back-and-forth emails.

Calendly is

An app for scheduling appointments, meetings, and events. Its goal is to eliminate the problematic back-and-forth when trying to nail downtimes. Rather than email chains and phone tag, you can send your availability with a Calendly link (even if the people booking time with you don't use Calendly).

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Mailerlite

Create advanced email marketing campaigns with features like automation, landing pages, and surveys.

Mailerlite is

A tool that can help you become an email marketing expert with advanced tools made easy for you. Includes live 24/7 support and the latest features like landing pages and automation.

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Page Speed Insights

PageSpeed Insights (PSI) reports on the performance of a page on both mobile and desktop devices and provides suggestions on how that page may be improved. PSI provides both lab and field data about a page. Lab data is useful for debugging performance issues, as it is collected in a controlled environment.

PageSpeed Insights is

A family of tools by Google Inc, designed to help a website's performance optimizations.

Check out PageSpeed Insights