Hosting & Domain
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.
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.
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)
The average number of plugins for a WordPress website is 20-30 but if you are using it to its fullest potential, it can easily go up to 50+. Remember that using dozens of plug-ins doesn’t have anything to do with your page loading speed. 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)
- Post Types Order > Change the order of blogposts or products without changing their date.
- ManageWP Worker > Easily manage multiple websites in 1 dashboard
- 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.
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.
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!