Software

Recommended software

Good software makes your workflow better. Here is a list of digital tools that I recommend.

WordPress pagebuilder

Elementor is the most popular WordPress pagebuilder in the world. It has over 5 million downloads. Why I like Elementor:

  • It is super easy to build pages because it’s all visual, no code at all.
  • Your can create pixel perfect designs. Just how we like it as designers.
  • If you are working for clients you can buy multiple licenses at once.
  • There is a lot of educational content about it because of it’s popularity.
  • It has amazing animation and scroll effects built in.

Hosting & Domain​

Hostinger has proved themselves in the last couple of years to be reliable and fast. I myself have their cloud hosting and it’s blazing fast! It’s also perfect for anybody on a budget.

  • Really nicely designed interface
  • Super affordable
  • Free domain on some plans

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

Hosting & Domain​

Siteground a more premium hosting provider with very good support. 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).

Design software​

Figma is the new standard for UI / UX design. When I saw what Figma could do I replaced Adobe Xd with Figma.

  • Figma is web-based, so you will never have to save your files, you can easily share files and can access your files from any computer via the browser.
  • It has handy global features that allow you to change colours, fonts and elements from 1 global place.
  • Figma has a lot of smart responsive features so that you spend almost no time measuring things.
  • Figma has great live collaborations features.
  • Figma has Google Fonts implemented so you don’t have to install them.
  • They have a free plan!

Elementor addons​

Missing plugins/addons for your Elementor websites. You need this  if you want to build more complex websites with Elementor.

  • It comes with the amazing Jet Engine. Create your own custom post types and custom fields. All in 1 plugin.
  • 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.

Pro tip: Check their pricing. The freelance package is the best value I think.
Pro tip 2: Check out all their features on this page.

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.

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!

Elementor addons​

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

  • Well build widgets
  • Easily customisable
  • The first pricing package already is for unlimited websites (that’s rare)

Pro tip: Don’t fall for their pricing page. The first package is all you need.

Elementor addons​

With this plugin you can manage a few things globally in Elementor that aren’t part of Elementor’s own Site Settings. So if you want to work smart then this plugin is interesting.

  • Manage your Padding classes globally
  • Manage your Shadows globally
  • Easily switch from a Light to Dark background for each container

The free version is good enough for most people, so check it out via the link below.

Handy other plugins & tools​

A list of plugins that I use for almost every single project.

  • ACF > It allows you to make Custom Post Types and Custom Fields for free. There are some limitations, but the free version is super nice and easy to use.
  • Post Types Order > Change the order of blogposts or products without changing their date.
  • Admin and Site Enhancements > Removes the need for many small plugins. For example: Duplicate page, Media Replacement, Dashboard organiser, Disable Gutenberg, and many more.
  • Siteground Security: A great free security plugin for Wordpress. Does work with any kind of hosting.
  • Rank Math SEO > Optimize every page for Google (more features than Yoast for free)
  • Compress images with TinyPNG or img2go or bulkresize

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