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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

The theme I'm using on this site. GeneratePress is fast, secure, beautifully coded theme that plays nicely with page builders like Elementor and Beaver Builder.

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.

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.

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.

Essential Addons for Elementor

The best 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.

WordPress Plugins

Performance

  • Perfmatters

    With Perfmatters plugin you can easily disable certain default unneeded options in WordPress to speed up your site.

  • Swift Performance Lite

    The one and only caching and performance booster plugin you need.

  • Autoptimize

    The plugin to use if you can't use Swift Performance Lite. Use it with Async JavaScript for best results.

  • Async Javascript

    The plugin to use if you can't use Swift Performance Lite. Use it with Autoptimize for best results.

  • WP-Optimize

    This plugin optimizes your WordPress database for optimal performance.

  • ShortPixel Image Optimizer

    The best image compression and optimization plugin.

Security

  • Block Bad Queries (BBQ)

    100% plug-and-play super-fast firewall plugin to protect your site againts malicious URL requests.

  • Blackhole for Bad Bots

    Blackhole protects your site against bad bots, spammers, scrapers, scanners, and other automated threats.

  • Limit Login Attempts Reloaded

    This plugin protects your WordPress site, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.

  • Disable Comments

    Use this plugin if you don’t want comments at all on your site (or on certain post types).

SEO

  • SEOPress

    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

  • Sassy Social Share

    The simplest and smoothest social sharing plugin with optimized and great looking vector icons.

  • UpdraftPlus

    Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click.

  • Happyforms

    Free drag and drop form builder for creating contact forms, lead generation forms, feedback forms, quote forms, survey forms and more.

  • Thirsty Affiliates

    The plugin to easily manage and cloak affiliate links on your website.

  • Cookie Notice

    Cookie Notice allows you to inform users that your site uses cookies and to comply with the EU cookie law GDPR regulations.

  • 404page

    The most used plugin to create a customized 404 error page in WordPress.

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