See what we use to power WPforall. I’ll unveil every aspect of my website: the plugins I use, themes, tools, hosting plan, everything! Plus, I’ll talk very briefly as to why I use each one. I’ll continue adding to this page as I discover other great tools. So, I recommend you bookmark this page for future reference. Hope you like it!
My Most Recommended
The following are my most recommended tools that I use to power WPforall. It’s what I find myself recommending over and over again. They really give the power to my site. Without them, we’d be in big trouble.
Hostgator: 100% of my websites are hosted on Hostgator. Why? Simple. They offer great customer support for a great product. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hostgator and even recommend my friends and family to use their service too. For around $4 a month, you can host an unlimited amount of websites.
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Genesis: is a Theme Framework that I use to power all of my websites. It is my #1 source for WordPress Themes. Not only does Genesis help with my SEO efforts, but they make feature rich, clean, and top quality designs. For around $60, you can ensure that your website has its best foot forward in terms of SEO, security, and performance.
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Odesk: Because I’m currently in med school, people always ask me how I can upkeep WPforall and continue pushing out tons of content. Without Odesk, I really wouldn’t be able to do that. Odesk is a freelance marketplace that I use to hire freelance video transcribers, SEO specialists, virtual assistants, and content researchers.
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WordPress: Now this one’s a pretty obvious one. Without WordPress, I really wouldn’t be able to build a website at all! Well..at least not one that looks like this or this easy to make. So for anyone on the fence, you should create all your websites with the best CMS, WordPress. Plus we got tons of free videos so you can be a WordPress Pro.
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Now because I use tons of plugins, I’ll only talk about each of them very briefly below. But I’ll be sure to mention what each of them are used for. And if they served a unique function, I’ll be sure to link you. Also, I tried to categorize them into some order.
Plugins I can’t live without:
Gravity Forms: We use gravity forms to make basic contact forms, to register new users, build email leads, and create custom order forms. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to get in touch with all of you! So yeah…it’s pretty important! While there are plenty of free options, the added functionality and control of Gravity Forms is a must.
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Leadplayer: Leadplayer is a lifesaver when it comes to building email leads and to customize the look of our Youtube embedded videos. Because Youtube is still super behind when it comes to responsive video embeds, Leadplayer was able to easily do the trick. Plus, Leadplayer has added more email leads on our site than any other method.
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Optinmonster: This is another huge lifesaver when it comes to building email leads quickly and effectively. It’s the pop up widget you may have seen when you first visited our site. With Exit Intent Technology, we can entice users from leaving, increasing email leads and decreasing bounce rate. Not only does it not get in the way, but it gives us a second chance to impress leaving users.
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- WP Rocket – WP Rocket was one of the most recent plugins we installed. While we used to use W3 Total Cache to cache our websites, once we gave WP Rocket a try, we just couldn’t go back.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – This is our go-to SEO Plugin and probably the SEO Plugin that almost everybody uses on their WordPress sites. It has been downloaded over 11 million times, so that should speak for itself. Find out how to setup WordPress SEO here.
- Akismet – The days before we installed Akismet were hell…literally. Because we had hundreds of pages, spam comments were flooding our inboxes. Akismet did the trick and now we’re spam free.
- Membership Site Plugins – For those using our course or who have watched our video on creating a membership course, you’re probably familiar with the plugins we used. But to sum it up, we have integrated 4 plugins: Members, WPCourseware, My WordPress Login Logo, Peter’s Login Redirect.
- Pretty Link Lite – To help track the effectiveness of all our affiliate links, we use Pretty Link Lite. There are many great alternatives, but this one does the trick well.
- Ithemes Security – After getting hacked on my other website, I immediately installed Ithemes Security on all my sites. It has never let me down since.
Plugins to Improve Design:
- Floating Social Bar – In my opinion, this is truly the best free social sharing plugin on the market. Not only does it have a clean design, but it has the ability to float.
- Mailchimp for WordPress Lite – Even though I have many other email building services, this plugin is what I use to collect emails in the sidebar and the checkbox in the comments.
- WordPress Reviews – To make those super cool review posts, I use WordPress Reviews Pro. While I don’t use it that much on WPforall, it is used A LOT on my other sites.
Plugins to Help me Save Time:
- Duplicate Post – Because I’m lazy and I like things to be uniform, I use Duplicate Post to copy my formatted pages.
- NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster – To best optimize my time, I use Nextscripts to autopost every new blog entry onto my various social network accounts.
MaxCDN: With MaxCDN alone, I’m able to cut my website load time by half. Not only does this help me, because I hate when my site loads slowly, but I think that this definitely helps to improve the overall user experience. A Faster website equates to a happier user, which in turn results with more clicks.
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Mailchimp: Mailchimp is my favorite email client because unlike the other companies, Mailchimp offers a free trial. And that free trial can actually last you quite a long time. If you stay under a list of 2000 emails, you can actually send as many emails as you’d like! Normally that’d cost quite a bit of money, so it’s a great service to save a lot of cash.
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IFTTT: Now this may be a new one, but I’ve actually talked about it quite a bit here. IFTTT is a free online tool that is used to automize your everyday internet tasks. And it is what I use to save over 10 hours of time every week. Whether I want to autopost things to my social media sites from my blog, or through third party apps, IFTTT’s got my back.
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Google Analytics: What would I do without google analytics? Put simply, if you don’t have google analytics, go do it, it’s free! I use it to get a better understanding of where my users are from, what they like and how they are finding out about my website or youtube videos. That way, I can better focus my time into the best performers.
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Feedburner: Feedburner is a great tool for building RSS subscribers and is ultimately one of the best ways to get continued readership. Not only is is Feedburner a free tool, but because of its familiarity, I think it’s the most effective RSS Feed distributor on the market. Plus, it can double as an email builder.
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While I have many apps on my phone, these are just the more useful and unique ones that can improve your productivity and overall success of your website.
- Buffer – This is a must have and probably something you are all fairly familiar with. If you’re an active tweeter, but don’t want to piss off your followers with a flood of your tweets, simply schedule them using buffer.
- Feedly – I use Feedly as a typical RSS feed reader, to stay up to date with the latest bloggers in the industry. However, when integrated with IFTTT and buffer, I can easily fill up my twitter account with relevant, quality content.
- Evernote – Because I’m always on the go, I don’t really have time to jot down my ideas on my computer or on a notepad. Instead, I use the Evernote app to write down any new post or video ideas I may have throughout the day. Because Evernote started online, your mobile notes are automatically integrated with their online website.
- JustUnfollow – I use JustUnfollow mainly to get some analytics on who’s following me, who’s unfollowing me, and some suggestions on who to follow.