Here’s a collection of tools and services I personally use and love.
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I recommend Freedom.to if you are looking for a cross-platform solution for blocking out distracting websites for stretches of time. It works flawlessly and will repay your investment very quickly. One of my essential tools, since I suffer from the shiny object syndrome. Similar applications are Focus and Self Control. Freedom is the only cross-platform solution at the moment. K9 web protection was also a good solution in the past but it seems to have been abandoned in recent years.
I’ve written a post about how I found my ideal hosting for my WordPress sites, so you should definitely check that out if you want to know more about my selection process.
For a quick recommendation, however, these are my favourite web hosts:
When it comes to hosting bigger sites like WP Mayor, I rely on WP Engine as they are a specialized web host who know a lot about WordPress and how to optimize it for fast loading. They also take care of backup up the site automatically. They are a bit pricier than other hosts but you also get a premium service so I have no problem paying a bit extra to put my mind at rest. There’s a full WP Engine review on WP Mayor if you’d like to read more about my experience with this host.
WP Engine hosting plans start at $35.00 / month and they also offer a 60 day money back guarantee.
SiteGround are also known for providing leading shared hosting services, and I am recommending them as well as I host many of my sites on their servers, and I’ve always had a good experience when working with them. SiteGround have phenomenal customer support who know their stuff very well, and they will always be there to help you when things get too technical.
SiteGround shared hosting plans start from $3.95 / month.
I use Digital Ocean whenever I want to spin up a quick and clean server where I have full control. This is great for running scripts or even running whole WordPress sites if you prefer to manage the server yourself.
If you want further options, check out Flywheel. I’ve been using them lately and am really pleased with them. They are newer in the space compared to WP Engine and SiteGround, but they’re doing some great work and bringing more innovations to the space.
The first thing you need when starting a new website is of course a domain name.
Namesilo is where I’ve got most of my domains registered, they offer free WHOIS protection.
Their .com domain registrations start from $8.99.
I also use Namecheap for domains, especially for exotic and new domain names. All my .io domains are registered through Namecheap.
Prices for domains start at $3.98.
You can head over to WP Mayor and take a look at a good list of best WordPress plugins, you will find all the plugins I tend to use on all the WordPress sites I create.
This is a huge market and I cannot possibly recommend a theme which will be perfect for you, because everyone’s needs are different. However whenever I need a theme I usually check the following theme shops/marketplaces:
When it comes to building my own blogs or doing a client website, nowadays my choice almost always tends to fall on StudioPress. They are the pioneers of the WordPress theme marketplace and their Genesis theme is excellent when it comes to code quality and security. They also have a number of beautiful child themes to choose from, so they’ll probably cover your needs.
This is one of the biggest theme shops and one that has been around a long time. I love Elegant Themes’ sense of innovation, and their theme club membership provides great value.
You’ll find an astounding amount of themes over at ThemeForest. While you have to be a bit more careful here when selecting a theme (not all of them are up to standard when it comes to code quality and support), the sheer variety of themes on offer makes it an essential place to check when looking for a WordPress theme.
Of course there are also many high quality free WordPress themes available, so you can take a look at a recent post I wrote on WP Mayor, where I collected what in my opinion are the best free WordPress themes on the market right now.
Health & Fitness
Matcha tea shop and instructions on how to brew the perfect matcha.
Music for Working
Here are my favorite sites/apps for listening to music while working:
If you require any other recommendations for resources not listed here, just get in touch and I’ll do my best to help you out.