Recommended Tools

Last updated: March 22nd, 2022

There are many tools that can save you time and energy down the road. Here are some I use, and find myself recommending regularly.

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Hosting and Website Tools

  • SiteGround - Perfect for hosting websites that are using the WordPress platform, with a free plugin to help speed up your sites. Fast and helpful support when you need it.
  • DigitalOcean - Sign up with this link and you'll get $100 free credit to use. Great to try out their hosting services. Works well for a continuous deployment setup with a GitHub repository. Easy to spin up new servers.
  • Laravel Forge - A great server management tool. Provision and deploy applications onto many hosting providers.

Emails and Newsletters

  • Klaviyo - A great option for emails, newsletters and SMS. Their segmented lists, automated and triggered emails are amazing.
  • ConvertKit - A great option for creators looking for more than just email. Offers landing pages and help to sell digital products & subscriptions.
  • TinyLetter - A really straight forward and clean option for getting started with writing, building a list and newsletters.

Design, Creative and Images

  • Figma - Primarily web-based design tool, great for website mock-ups.
  • Sketch - A great design tool, used by many freelancers and professionals.
  • Canva - A graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use.
  • Coolors - A super fast colour palettes generator!
  • Fontjoy - Font pairing made simple.
  • Unsplash - Over 2 million free high-resolution images by professional photographers.

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George McEntegart

I'm a New Zealand-born web developer based in North Devon, UK. I love to help people grow their brands and businesses.