My Blogging Resources
The tools that I use for my agency on daily basis.
Domain, WordPress Hosting & Email
WPX Hosting – Fully Managed WordPress Hosting, ideal for a small portfolio
I have personally signed up for and tested several dozens of WordPress hosting services and never found support of this quality. WPX Hosting includes everything you need to keep your WordPress websites fast and secure.
Once you subscribe, they manage everything, including moving all your existing websites to their platform.
ServerAvatar + Hetzner Cloud – Your Private WordPress Server Starts From $11
Nothing beats WPX, but if you want to manage your own WordPress Managed Hosting, you can do so with ServerAvatar. It is the best alternative to Cloudways, and beats Cloudways by four times at pricing.
Low budget should not be a reason to use shared hosting anymore. As Hetzner Cloud powered by ServerAvatar panel beats several shared hosting plans too.
Dynadot – Domain Registrar To Keep All Your Domains Securely Forever
As a full time domain investor I tested out dozens of domain registrars and trusted dynadot for all my portfolio. If you have just one domain, it is OK to register it with your hosting provider, but it you have many, you should transfer them to one trusted registrar.
Dynadot offers one of the lowest domain registration, transfer and renewal prices in the industry for any TLD (.com .net .ai etc.). And they provide free privacy, DNSSEC support and email forwarding along with all other features you may ever need.
Cloudflare – A Free Bundle of All addon Your website needs
Cloudflare is not a hosting company, But it is a must have free addon for any hosting.
Cloudflare offers a no-markup domain registration, privacy friendly analytics tool, privacy friendly captcha alternate, most generous object storage and static hosting, industry best DNS management, email forwarding, automated SSL certificates, powerful CDN, bot protection, and so many other security and speed features even for free tier accounts.
WordPress Theme & Plugins
My Favorite WordPress Theme
Astra Pro – 250+ Website Designs in a single lightweight WordPress Theme
With millions of installs and 5/5 star reviews, you can’t go wrong with the world’s most popular (third-party) WordPress theme, Astra. Astra is lightweight, SEO friendly, and customizable to suit every kind of WordPress website. It is very actively maintained and regularly updated.
I like to install Astra Pro because of additional design features, speed upgrades, premium support, and most importantly, 205+ Premium templates to create beautiful websites in 1 click.
My Favorite WordPress Plugins
Solid Security Pro – The Only WordPress security plugin you ever need
Solid Security Pro (formerly iThemes Security Pro) is the All-in-One security suite for your beloved blog/website. Once you install and configure it, your website is protected from all kinds of brute force and cyberattacks.
Apart from several one-time modifications for WordPress hardenings, Solid Security Pro proactively scans and identifies vulnerabilities in other plugins and themes before they are exploited. I use it on all my own and clients’ websites without exception.
UpdraftPlus Free – For Daily WordPress backups
WP Rocket – For making WordPress very fast.
FluentForms free – For contact Us form
FluentSMTP & Mailgun- For SMTP delivery of transactional emails (like password reset)
ManageWP – For managing all WordPress websites in your portfolio from single dashboard.
RankMath Pro – For all in one SEO features including schema and sitemap.
Ad inserter – For inserting ad codes and managing ad locations.
ShortPixel – For automatic size optimization of all images in your WordPress website.
Content Creation Tools
SEO & Marketing Tools