My favorite and RECOMMEND web resources. I list the absolute best things here that I would use myself. I’ve also included thoughts on others that I don’t like…just so you have some context.
Shared Webhosting (cheap, but functional):
- SiteGround – best of the shared hosting. Get the $11.95 GoGeek plan.
- A2Hosting – largely toted as a “great service” but actually slow.
- HostGator/Bluehost/etc – avoid all EIG-owned hosting companies. Terrible service.
VPS/Dedicated Hosting (best speeds/performance):
- DigitalOcean / Prgmr – best pricing, solid speed/uptime
- Vultr / Scaleway – it’s ok, can be slower speeds/disks/CPU/etc.
- OVH – bad! Many complaints out there.
Premium WordPress Hosts (proclaimed “fastest):
- Pantheon – the
- WPengine –
- Flywheel –
WordPress (PREMIUM) Themes/Frameworks:
- Genesis Framework – the absolute best.
- Thesis Framework – absolute pain in the ass to customize (for beginners AND developers) unless you remember where every little setting is. It’s non-intuitive and clumsy to use in every way.
WordPress (FREE) Themes:
- Astra – beautiful free theme, clean-coded, super small and runs fast.
- OceanWP – free starter theme, beautiful and comes with a pagebuilder. Requires paid plugins to get full functionality. :/
- WordPress defaults (2017,2016) –
WordPress Cache Plugins:
- Simple Cache – fastest plugin for me.
- Comet Cache – second fastest plugin for me.
- W3TC – I hate it. Way too bloated and technical. Incompatible with many plugins and not the fastest even when it does work!
- WP Rocket – overrated, not the fastest.
WordPress Speed Plugins:
- WP Gonzalez – amazing, incredibly useful.
- AutoOptimize – not necessary if your theme and plugins are optimized already. (This is like a band-aid.)
WordPress Image Plugins/Services:
- ShortPixel / Imagify – SP has best compression and GLOSSY formats.
- TinyPNG/JPG – can be good sometimes.
- WP Smush/EWWW – horrible compression quality/file-size ratio.
- Quick Featured Images PRO –
- Easy Media Replace – great for replacing media files without having to dig through FTP folders and matching names.
- reGenerate Thumbnails advanced – best IMO, easy-to-use with great filtering options.
WordPress Database Plugins:
- Advanced Database Cleaner – incredible for tidying things up
- editor – great for editing your database from WordPress instead of via cPanel/phpmyadmin (BE CAREFUL!)
WordPress BackUp Plugins:
- BackUpWordPress – my favorite
- BackupBuddy – other people like it
- UpDraft – many really like this, I hate it
- Duplicator – great for migrating/clone sites
WordPress Membership Plugins:
- MemberPress – just a
- MemberMouse – I hate it
- Shopify – works great, looks great. Cheapest plan is $9 or $15 if you want to use it with WordPress.