Recommended resources for your website

Good software makes everything easier. Here is a list of digital tools that I recommend. 

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Hosting & Domain

Siteground shared hosting (best choice for most websites)

Siteground is the most loved (from most reviews) hosting provider worldwide. They aren’t the cheapest but deliver top notch performance.

  • They are recommended by WordPress themselves as a good and safe choice.
  • Their support is amazing. With 24/7 chat, phone and ticket support. 
  • They have a 1 click WordPress installer. Easy for everybody. 
  • Easy to use interface (recently updated).
View their pricing
Hostinger shared hosting (the cheapest hosting I could find)

I have searched for the cheapest hosting plan that I could find online. This is perfect for anybody on a budget that doesn’t need all the premium options. Also they give you a free domain for 1 year from 12 month plans.

Use the discount code: LIVINGWITHPIXELS to get an extra 10% discount.

WordPress pagebuilders

Elementor is the most popular WordPress pagebuilder in the world. It has over 3 million downloads. This is what makes it so great:

  • Elementor makes it super easy to build up a page by allowing users to drag and drop elements onto a page.
  • You are not limited (as with a theme), so you can design your page pixel perfect. Just how we like it as designers.
  • It’s built for performance, so the code is very clean. 
  • With their Pro version you can even design the header, footer, blog posts, webshop etc. 
  • One of their pro plans has a licence for 1000 websites. This makes it perfect for webdesign client work.
  • It’s popular so they are a lot of tutorials to find about it.
  • It has amazing animation and scroll effects built in.
Get Elementor

Design software

Adobe XD is the new standard for UI / UX design. It’s part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which makes it perfectly to combine with other Adobe tools like Photoshop and Illustrator. 

  • Adobe XD makes it super fast to prototype an idea for a website or app. 
  • It has an amazing ‘repeat grid’ feature which allows you to create and adjust grid layouts really fast. 
  • You can save different styles for your colours, fonts and elements. With 1 click you can change something on all artboards. 
  • You can share your prototype with other people via a link and get quick feedback. 
  • It has a developer share feature which allows developers to measure and export all styles.  
  • It has cool animation effects built it.
  • It’s free! (if you pay you get more prototype sharing features)
Get Adobe XD

Elementor addons

Missing plugins/addons for your dynamic Elementor website. You want this one if you are serious about doing client work.

  • It comes with the amazing Jet Engine. Create your own custom lists, grids and advanced custom fields. All in 1 plugin (this also replaces ACF and CPT UI).
  • Customize almost every part of your WordPress webshop with JetWooBuilder. 
  • A powerful Search feature to add to a website with Jet Search. 
  • Comes with JetSmartFilters, which is great for creating a filter for your dynamic content. 
  • Pretty fun visual effects (like parallax effect) with Jet Tricks.  
  • You will get lot’s of predesigned Elementor templates that you import with 1 click and sell to other companies.

Pro tip: Check their pricing. Unlimited websites is a much better deal than 1 website. 
Pro tip 2: Check out all their features on this page.

Check it out

Use the coupon code: LivingWithPixels10 to get 10% discount. Important: it only works if you use the exact link that the button will link you to.

A very well designed library of unique Elementor Widgets to add more functionality and flexibility to any WordPress website.

  • Very well designed widgets that don’t need a lot of adjustments to impress your clients.
  • Very customisable (if you want to).
  • You will get lot’s of predesigned Elementor templates that you import with 1 click and sell to other companies.
  • Their starter package is for unlimited websites (you don’t see that often). 
Check it out for yourself

Security plugins

Before one of my client website got hacked I thought that free security plugins were enough. Now I know better. iThemes is affordable and protects your websites a lot better. 

  • It’s the second most popular security plugin in the world.
  • It keeps your website faster (faster than Wordfence).
  • It has 2 step authentication, which keeps people with fake emails out. 
  • It’s affordable because there is an unlimited website package. 
Check out iThemes Security

Payment providers

Stripe is the payment provider that most people use in the west (USA & Europe). It’s has a very easy to use and beautiful interface and will give you a lot of data graphs to check your stats.

  • Perfectly integrates with Woocommerce on WordPress.
  • Has lots of payment options (even Apple and Google Pay for example).
  • It’s popular, so there is enough info about it online.
Check out Stripe

Management software

ManageWP is a tool that allows you to manage all of your client websites in 1 simple dashboard. This makes managing your web design business a lot easier.  

  • Update all of your client plugins with 1 click. 
  • Login to your client websites without remembering passwords. 
  • Create client report PDF’s that you can send to your client.
  • It’s free!
 
Get ManageWP

Handy WordPress plugins

In this part I’ve compiled a list of plugins that I use and make it a lot easier to manage your websites.

  • Rank Math SEO > Optimize every page for Google (more features than Yoast for free)
  • Duplicate Page > Duplicate a page, post or template with a click
  • Post Types Order > Change the order of blogposts or products without changing their date.
  • ManageWP Worker > Easily manage multiple websites in 1 dashboard (my tutorial: https://youtu.be/IVJHCqq58MU)
  • Antispam Bee > Simple and light Antispam plugin
  • iThemes Security > Simple and powerful main security plugin (lighter than Wordfence)
  • Elementor Custom Skin > Create a custom design with Elementor for your dynamic content)
  • Custom Post Type UI  > create custom blogposts that can be used for things like a portfolio or repeatable content in a list.
  • Google Analytics Dashboard for WP > Still a good choose to display Google Analytics in your dashboard (also your client’s)
  • reSmush.it Image Optimizer > Super simple plugin to automatically compress images when somebody uploads it via WordPress.

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