Recommended Tools

Here’s a quick list of my favorite tools for building a website.

Flywheel

– WP Hosting –

This WordPress hosting company makes hosting your website super simple. It’s built for designers and non-technical people. This is the company I use for myself and recommend to my clients because it’s so easy to use. Plans start at $15/month.

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WP Engine

– WP Hosting –

You’ve probably heard of WP Engine already, as they are the leader in WordPress hosting. Though this company is a bit more expensive than Flywheel, they have a loyal following because they offer 24/7 phone support on the $99/month plans and above. Plans start at $25/month.

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Adobe Color CC

– Color Scheme –

This color wheel is incredible and will allow you to quickly develop a color palette. Just drag the color picker around to find a color you like, and then see the complementary colors, shades, and more.

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Coolors

– Color Scheme –

If you don’t want to think and just want to see various color schemes already created, use this tool. You can browse through a variety of choices, and then pick the ready-to-use color scheme you like best.

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Pixabay

– Stock Photos –

This is my go-to site for free stock photos. If you are looking for an image, graphic, or background, you’ll probably find what you need here. And the best part is that it’s all free.

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iStock

– Stock Photos –

If you need high quality images for a special project, you’ll probably want to purchase them. iStockPhoto is the site I normally use for paid images because of their great selection. The individual downloads can be a bit expensive, but if you use a lot of photos it makes sense to use one of their monthly plans starting at $40/month.

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Noun Project

– Icons –

Graphic designers around the world upload their unique icons to this site. You can browse through the various catalogs and use certain icons for free (w/ attribution) or become a monthly member and get unlimited access to these icons royalty free.

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Icon Finder

– Icons –

This website hosts the largest collection of premium icons in the world (nearly 1 million icons). There is no free option, but the base package starts at $9/m.

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Image Optimizer

– Image Compression –

If you want to compress your images before uploading them to your website with a free online tool, check out Image Optimizer. You can select the compression quality as well as dimensions.

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Tiny PNG

– Image Compression –

If you want to compress your images before uploading them to your website with a free online tool, check out TinyPNG. Just drag and drop the image you want to compress.

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