A list of my preferred software and services.
Beaver Builder: My preferred page builder because when the plugin is disabled your content is still legible and transferable. Other builders rely on WordPress shortcodes that are slower and lock you into that product without inputting your content.
GeneratePress: A fast, flexible, and secure “friendly” multipurpose WordPress theme and starter templates. It is fast, secure, user-friendly (deep integration with WordPress customizer, designer-friendly (starter templates and works great with page builder plugins), developer-friendly (lots of hooks and responsive support), SEO-friendly (adheres to best practices), wallet-friendly (low cost with unlimited sites and reduced and optional annual price).
Cloudways: The best cloud hosting company for the money. I have been searching for years for a host like this. All my web development projects are with cloudways. wordpress and custom php.
Rackspace: Affordable alternative to Hosted Exchange and G-Suite if all you need it spam free email. $1-2/month per inbox. But they also have exchange email for less than competitors. Great support.
Godaddy: or domains and DNS ONLY
Microthemer – Amazingly powerful CSS coding tool, visual and code views. Great licensing value makes this my number one choice over CSS Hero, Yellow Pencil, and more…
Gravity Forms: Powerful form software that can turn your website into a functional data gathering and integrated application.
Transaction Pro Importer: Import almost ANYTHING into Intuit QuickBooks (desktop, server, and online versions).
iDrive – Cloud Backup – One account, Multiple Computers/Devices, plenty of storage, one low annual expense.
VooPlayer: Marketing and Analytics Video Hosting
Amazing features and value. I cannot believe you can get all their features for only $14/month (when paid annually) Not sure, there is a free account (5 videos) and 30-day money-back guarantee. Using them myself. Turn your videos into a lead generation machine, not a YouTube black hole.
Looka.com: Logo generator and designer. I have evaluated many and this one is my favorite. Great place to start for when you are starting out.
Note: Some links are affiliate links, meaning I will earn a little lunch money if you use my links and it is much appreciated. And every item on the list I use both personally and professionally.