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Resources for Web Designers, creatives, and online entrepreneurs

Don't spend too much time searching for the best plugins and themes for WordPress. Here's the best resources for Web Designers, freelancers and website owners. 

Productivity tools, apps, and online services

The following list of systems, apps, online services, and productivity tools is what I recommend to all my clients. It is also what I use in my own online business. After years of testing I now know what works well and what clients would love using.
ConvertKit Email service
I recommend ConvertKit to everyone. It's the most effective, logic, and make-sense e-mail service and marketing tool. As a Web Designer, you should recommend it to your clients. As a web site owner, I wouldn't choose anything else.
MailerLite Email service
MailerLite is a very good and cheap email service for a very nice interface and features. Unlike ConvertKit, you can start building your email list without any cost up to 1000 subscribers. Integrates well with the other services on this page.
ConvertBox Signup boxes
ConvertBox is the best email opt-in plugin and service for websites that I know of. My clients love it. As you can fast and simple create e-mail opt-in forms, pop-ups, overlays, slide-ins with video, images and text. Can be adde to all websites.
ThriveCart Payment platform
ThriveCart is something I use for my online products, courses, and digital downloads. It's a very slick all-in-one payment platform for bloggers, entrepreneurs, and website owners selling online. Connects with all major platforms. 
Plutio project management system

Plutio - All-on-one project management app for Freelancers

Plutio is my main app and service for project and task management in my workflow. A project management system is the first thing you want to set up to make sure you keep track of your client projects and tasks. I moved away from Asana, Basecamp, and FreeAgent since Plutio is covering all of the features from those apps. And for 30% of the previous cost!

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Top recommended WordPress themes

There are thousands of WordPress themes to be found. I always work with, and only pick from two premium WordPress themes for all my client projects and my own websites. I don't see any reason to work with anything else, which is mostly limited. Divi builder and Oxygen will also produce the fastest loading results of websites.

Must have recommended WordPress plugins

Through my years of working with various solutions for client projects and my own websites, I have discovered and testet many of the best WordPress plugins. These are the best WordPress plugins for beginners and new Web Designers. Because you know you're getting quality and well functioning plugins for your website project. 

FormCraft form builder
This is the best forms plugin I have found and still use. Beautiful looking forms and fully customisable. You can connect with Stripe and also setup up payment forms using this plugin. It also supports Zapier. Plus a lot more. 
Give WordPress donation plugin
A slick and customisable donation plugin for WordPress with various add-ons and modules. 
Asset Clean up for WordPress
This is a must have plugin if you want to improve your website speed! And don't limit yourself with the free version. Go for Pro to make sure you get all the customisation for your blog or website. You will find learning videos inside the plugin settings pages.
Ajax Search Pro - Live search plugin
This is a live search plugin for WordPress with a lot customisation options. You can add a sexy search field anywhere on the site you are building using short-code.
Social Snap - Elegant social sharing plugin
Social Snap is the most elegant and beautiful social sharing plugin for WordPress I have tried. It's what you see on this website. It offers a lot of customising and a very nice analytics dashboard.
ThirstyAffiliates - Manage affiliate links
This is my recommended plugin for WordPress to manage affiliate links and make it very easy to automatically add to your content. You will also get a nice analytics dashboard for all links and clicks.
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