Tools & Resources
Below is a list of the primary tools and services that I use for not only designing and developing custom WordPress websites but also the tools that I use for growing and managing my creative business.
Some of the tools below are free while some are paid for (Premium). Please take a look, and if there's something you think might be useful, be sure to click on it to learn more.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means if you click on a product affiliate link and make a purchase of that product, I will be paid a small commission, at no additional cost to you. I would like you to know that I never list anything here that I have not used myself or 100% trust.
Web Design & Development Tools, Apps, Services
Bluehost - Bluehost provides affordable and scalable WordPress hosting for bloggers and small businesses. I started my online journey with Bluehost way back in 2010 and recommend them for getting your online business up and running.
SiteGround - If you're looking for a web host provider with 99% uptime, security, and state-of-the-art technology, I also use and recommend SiteGround.
Website Building Tools
Local by Flywheel - A powerful and simple-to-use tool for developing WordPress websites locally (On your computer).
Brackets - A fully functional source code editor for writing and organizing website code and files.
FileZilla - A popular FTP client for uploading files and folders securely to host files.
WordPress - The ultimate website creation platform.
Oxygen Builder 2.0 - Now the primary WordPress website design and dev tool I use for building all my client websites.
Thrive Leads - The best list building plugin for WordPress.
WPForms - A powerful and incredibly versatile website contact form builder plugin for WordPress.
Genesis Theme Framework - A robust, secure, and reliable child theme framework for WordPress.
Genesis DevKit - A powerful IDE for creating custom Genesis child themes from scratch.
Themer Pro IDE - A complete development tool for Genesis child theme customization.
Graphic Design Tools, Apps, Services
These are the main suite of graphic design and image editing tools that I use in my business.
Affinity Designer - A complete and professional graphic design software for desktops and iPad.
Affinity Photo - Professional image editing, retouching software for desktops and iPad.
PhotoScape - A free graphic design and image editing tool I've used since 2009.
Video Content Creation & Vlogging Tools, Hardware, Software
I'm a huge advocate when it comes to using video to grow your online business. I host a weekly vlog over on my YouTube channel here, if you're interested in checking it out.
Below, you'll find all the tools, apps, and services that I use and recommend for creating and editing video content.
Final Cut Pro - For professionally editing vlogs and marketing videos.
Panasonic G7 Mirrorless 4K Camera - My main vlogging camera.
CamPark Xtreme I+ UHD 4K ACT74 Action Camera - My backup and B-roll camera.
Rode VideoMic (Shotgun) - Primary indoor vlogging mic.
Rode VideoMicro (Compact) - Outdoor video mic.
Zomei 55" Tripod - Primary tripod for setting up my main vlogging camera.
I'll update this page as and when I find and use new tools in my business, so do check back soon, or bookmark this page for the future.
Productivity And Project Mangement Tools, Apps, Software
When it comes to personal and client design projects, I like to schedule my workload, keep track of progress, and manage projects effectively. Here are all the tools I use in my business to help me achieve this.
- Monday.com - Recently, I started using Monday.com and this powerful project management tool has literally transformed the way I schedule and prioritize my workload on a daily basis. From client projects, team projects, to personal projects, everything is visualized, organized, and executed inside Monday.com
- Buffer Pro - Buffer Pro Plan helps me to manage all of my key social media message scheduling in one place. This is essential for me, and if you value your time and sanity, I recommend you check Buffer Pro out too.