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These are the tools and services I currently use or have used in the past. These are the best WordPress plugins, themes and services available, and I have tried quite a few.

Domains / WordPress Hosting

Namecheap

Namecheap, Inc. is an ICANN-accredited registrar, which provides services on domain name registration, and offers for sale domain names that are registered to third parties.

Cloudways

The next-generation cloud hosting platform. 5 IaaS providers, 60+ datacenters and 13+ applications. This site is hosted by Cloudways.

SiteGround

SiteGround is an affordable hosting provider offering managed hosting for WordPress users. SiteGround is even officially recommended by WordPress.org.

WordPress Themes

GeneratePress

GeneratePress is fast, secure, beautifully coded theme that plays nicely with page builders like Elementor and Beaver Builder. This site uses GeneratePress.

Astra

The Astra theme is fast, easily customizable and offers seamless integrations with variety of tools. No jQuery, just vanilla Javascript (like GeneratePress) make this a very fast loading theme.

Page Builders

Elementor

Elementor works perfectly with any plugin or theme (like Astra and GeneratePress). The theme builder, popup builder, widgets, speed and a lot more options make this page builder my favorite. This site was built with Elementor.

Oxygen

The most flexible, powerful and bloat free visual site builder for WordPress. Lifetime updates and support, unlimited sites, can be used on client site too for one single payment.

Essential Addons for Elementor

A versatile elements library for Elementor with over 60 premium elements.

Ultimate Addons for Elementor

The strong elements library contender for Elementor by the creators of Astra.

CDN

Cloudflare

Cloudflare offers a free plan and SiteGround is their partner company. Cloudflare's services sit between the visitor and the Cloudflare user's hosting provider, acting as a reverse proxy for websites.

KeyCDN

A Swiss based high performance content delivery network. Easy integration with WordPress. HTTP/2, Brotli, Let's Encrypt are just the few features that make KeyCDN a strong candidate when you're choosing a CDN.

WordPress Plugins

Performance

With Perfmatters plugin you can easily disable certain default unneeded options in WordPress to speed up your site.
The one and only caching and performance booster plugin you need.
The plugin to use if you can’t use Swift Performance Lite. Use it with Async JavaScript for best results.
The plugin to use if you can’t use Swift Performance Lite. Use it with Autoptimize for best results.
This plugin lets you select which CSS/JS files load on each page reducing the site bloat.
This plugin optimizes your WordPress database for optimal performance.
The best image compression and optimization plugin.

Security

100% plug-and-play super-fast firewall plugin to protect your site againts malicious URL requests.
Blackhole protects your site against bad bots, spammers, scrapers, scanners, and other automated threats.
This plugin protects your WordPress site, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.
This plugin provides instant and secure logins with your smartphone.
Use this plugin if you don’t want comments at all on your site (or on certain post types).

SEO

The best SEO plugin for WordPress. Easy to use, all the features needed for SEO in one plugin, fast, no ads or anonymous data sent.

Others

The simplest and smoothest social sharing plugin with optimized and great looking vector icons.
Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click.
Free drag and drop form builder for creating any kind of forms. With the paid version you get several useful add-ons.
The plugin to easily manage and cloak affiliate links on your website.
Cookie Notice allows you to inform users that your site uses cookies and to comply with the EU cookie law GDPR regulations.
The most used plugin to create a customized 404 error page in WordPress.
Manage a site-wide central color palette for an uniform look’n’feel! Supports the new block editor, theme customizer and many themes and plugins.
An easy, clean and simple way to run code snippets on your site. No need to edit to your theme’s functions.php file again!
Use your own custom fonts with Oxygen. Appropriate @font-face rules will be saved to a CSS file and enqueued with wp_enqueue_stylesheet, so that you can use the font with the font-family CSS property.
Upload SVG files to the Media Library and render SVG files inline for direct styling/animation of an SVG’s internal elements using CSS/JS.

Markku Hihnala

WordPress Expert, Author, Digital Business Consultant helping WordPress developers, bloggers, small business owners, and other entrepreneurs with their digital marketing needs.

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