Perhaps around 75% of the emails I get in my inbox are from other bloggers and WordPress users asking me which products/plugins/themes I have used for a particular purpose.
That’s why I’m listing all the important tools I use here on this Resources page. Hopefully it will make it easier for you to have just one point of reference.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase through those links. These are all products/services that I currently use or have used before and I am recommending them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust.
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 specialised web host who know a lot about WordPress and how to optimise 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 $29.00 / month and they also offer a 60 day money back guarantee.
BlueHost are also known for providing leading shared hosting services, and I am recommending them as well as many of my clients are hosted on their servers, and I’ve always had a good experience when working with them. BlueHost are comparable to HostNine in terms of service, so just take a look at their offerings and see which one fits you best, both are great hosts to start with.
BlueHost shared hosting plans start from $4.95 / month.
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.
I’ll soon be releasing a free ebook with plugin recommendations, but in the meantime you can head over to WP Mayor and take a look at my 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.
Treehouse provide an excellent course for learning WordPress administration and development. It is the first source I recommend to WordPress beginners. Truly an excellent starting point.
Check out my book recommendations page.
Keyword research is a big part of the job for internet marketers and bloggers, and to do it properly you need powerful tools. Here are my favourites:
The totally free Google Adwords keyword planner tool remains one of the best tools for keyword research.
Keyword Rank Tracking
I love tracking the performance of my keywords in search engine rank pages (SERPs), and the one tool that I’ve found to be reliable enough is part of the SEO Powersuite by Link-Assistant.
Rank Tracker is one of 4 tools that compose the SEO Powersuite, but can also be bought on its own. I have the whole suite myself, but Rank Tracker is my favourite tool by far. Every week I fire up rank tracker and see how my keywords are performing. Based on the results I plan the next week’s optimisation work, and I also add new keywords I am targeting. One of my favourite tools.
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.