Recommendations

This page contains a list of Hosting providers, Themes, Plugins, as well as Stores and Products, that I regularly use and/or recommend to my clients.

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G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Business)

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G Suite
G Suite

Hosting

Flywheel

Flywheel

Flywheel is a newer hosting company that I’ve started to use. Their cost is a little higher than Siteground, at least initially, but their easy to use dashboard and excellent support make them worth it.

Bonus – I can usually pass along some great deals on hosting.

Siteground

When I started creating websites, I only knew the name of a couple hosting companies. Because I wasn’t quite sure where to start, I signed up with one of the biggest and most well known hosts, GoDaddy. After a year or so of frequent and frustrating phone calls to support, I realized I needed better hosting.

Thankfully, I heard about Siteground. Fast forward many years later, and I’m still happily using Siteground. Their support is absolutely top-notch. I prefer using their chat support to phone support. I never wait in the queue more than about 30 seconds, and their support technicians are always polite and knowledgeable.

Bonus – I can usually pass along some great deals on hosting.

WP Engine

WP Engine

WP Engine is a hosting company that I myself have not used. However, I have worked with other freelancers and clients who use them, and I’ve heard nothing but positive things.

Themes

The following themes are available for purchase on Themeforest.

Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes is a WordPress theme club that allows you lifetime access to a variety of themes (and plugins!) for a low price. Their newest and most popular themes are Divi and Extra. Complete with a very handy page builder, I often recommend these themes for new website owners with little or no previous experience.

Plugins

BackupBuddy

Having multiple, up-to-date backup copies of your website are so important! Before I start work on a client’s existing site, I install BackupBuddy to ensure I have a complete backup copy of their site before any modifications or fixes. For new sites, I also immediately install the plugin so that I can manually or automatically back up all progress. All backups are stored in the cloud for total peace of mind.

Gravity Forms

The most flexible and reliable form builder for WordPress. Build virtually any type of form. Add-ons extend functionality.

iThemes Security Pro

Without a doubt, iThemes Security Pro is the best security plugin available for your self-hosted WordPress website. It is one of the first plugins I install on any new site I create as it is packed with features like brute-force protection, 404 detection, RECAPTCHA support for login and registration pages, and more. I can proudly say none of my sites have ever been hacked, mostly thanks to this plugin.

iThemes Sync

iThemes Sync allows me to manage multiple sites from one central dashboard. I can apply updates, install plugins, monitor security, and more. It’s a definite time saver for people who have multiple WordPress sites.

The Best Coming Soon Plugin for WordPress

SeedProd Coming Soon Pro

SeedProd Coming Soon Pro calls itself the best ‘Coming Soon’ plugin for WordPress, and I totally agree. There are tons of customization options to create your site’s coming soon page while it’s under construction or undergoing maintenance. And the plugin author, John, seriously provides the quickest support I’ve ever encountered.

Visual Composer

The most widely used page builder on the market. Includes front-end and back-end editing. Works for both pages and posts. Works with any theme.

WooCommerce Extra Product Options

Add unlimited extra fields and options to your WooCommerce products.

Marketing Assets & Photography

DepositPhotos

If I need stock photography for a site, this is where I search! Affordable and good quality!

Placeit

Placeit

Create brand visuals, mockups, logos, and more, with Placeit!

Stores & Products

Amazon

Target

NHL.com

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Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. I do not list companies or products with which I have had a negative experience – these are companies and products I actually use and wholeheartedly recommend.