Website Resources Recommendation

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.

WordPress pagebuilders

Elementor

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.

Design software

Adobe XD

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)

Figma

WordPress plugins

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.

Payment providers

Stripe

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.

Management software

ManageWP

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!

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Article by <br><strong> ARRON VILLAROSA</strong>

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I help Digital Marketing Agencies provide websites for their clients through a user-centered and strategic approach. www.arrondesigns.com

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