Recommended TOOLS

Here are some of the tools, software and other resources I use, trust and recommend.

The Divi Theme® by Elegant Themes is the trusted WordPress I’ve used exclusively since 2014. It powers my site, my agency clients’ websites. The company, support and community behind it are also top notch!

SiteGround is the web hosting company I use for my hosting and trust for my client sites. They’re affordable, reliable, have top-notch support and have been the foundation of me and my client sites since 2015.

Gravity Forms is the WordPress form builder I’ve used exclusively since 2013. It’s light weight, extremely customizable and very reliable with email deliverability. It’s also a great company with amazing support behind it.

Divi Life is a collection of Divi Plugins, Divi Child Themes and other great Divi resources. They’re the creators of some of my personal favorite plugins like Divi Overlays, Divi Bars, Divi Welcome Home and more.

Divi Space is a leader in premium Divi Plugins, Divi Child Themes and other add-ons. They also have a value-packed blog and other resources that will help you in your Divi web design journey. They also now have hosting!

Divi Lover has a growing collection of premium Divi Child Themes, Divi Plugins and newly added courses. They’re the creators of the super handy, all in one customization plugin Divi Toolbox and also has several handy free layouts.

17hats is what I use for managing clients and creating and sending proposals, invoices, contracts, collecting payments and more. They’ve been the key tool which helped me organize my systems and processes which I’ve used since 2016.

Content Snare is top recommended way to effectively, efficiently and successfully collect content from clients. For big projects where you’re collecting content, images, media files and more, having a tool to assist is key and this one is GOLD.

Circle is the platform I run my Web Design Club on. The UX is second to none, the platform is amazing and user-friendly to both build and manage and the team behind it are forward thinking, community minded and have amazing support.

LearnDash is what I use for my courses. They’ve been my trusted LMS since 2017. If you’re interested in building courses or are working on course websites for your clients, I highly recommend then.
Pro tip: Go with the “Plus Package.” 🙂

WPSimplePay is my trusted WordPress plugin for collecting credit card payments. It integrates with Stripe and allows you to create one time or subscription based purchase buttons and checkouts. I feature this in my Maintenance Plan Course.

Divi Pixel is an all in one customization add-on for Divi which features an amazing set of plugins and extensions to help take your Divi designs to a whole other level without having to code. The devs behind this are second to none.

PowerUpPodcasting® is the course I took to help me plan, build and launch my podcast. I’m a big proponent of this course because, while an investment, it helped me launch my podcast with a bang and has helped me sustain it moving forward.

Termageddon is my trusted tool for creating auto-updating privacy policies. I use this to keep my site compliant and protected and my agency uses this for all our client websites which we offer as an up-sell.

SitePresser, headed up by my colleague Melissa Love is my go-to plugin for exporting and deploying child themes. It neatly packages up your entire site (theme, pages, content, etc) and deploys it in a new site in minutes.

WP Rocket is a leading performance WordPress plugin that me and my agency use to not only speed up websites and increase load time, but optimize media, caching and overall webiste performance.

*** Important note ***

While the companies and products listed are affiliate links, they are not sponsors and they do not pay to be on this page. I don’t take paid endorsements. Ain’t my style. The tools and companies listed below are one’s that myself and/or my agency uses and trusts.

There are also a lot of other great options for tools in the Divi, WordPress and wider Web Design market that may suite you, your budget and your needs. These are just the ones in my toolbox 🙂

– Josh