I thought it would be helpful to create a resources page where I list most of the tools I trust and I use every time I develop websites. Who knows, maybe you’ll stumble upon a neat tool to add to your arsenal.
Design and Development
Sublime Text. It’s light, it’s fast, and it’s easy. I’ve tried a lot of IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment) before, but after trying Sublime Text for the first time, I never looked back nor wanting another anymore. It’s light, takes almost instantly to boot up. It’s fast, I have never coded as fast as coding in Sublime Text before, multi-line editing, multi word selection and edit, line search, you name it. It’s easy, super minimal user interface, drop your project file on the explorer, and start coding. For me, this is the best code editor out there.
Adobe Photoshop. Oh, man! Do I need to elaborate more? For those who doesn’t know about Adobe Photoshop, for me, this is the best all-around photo editor you can get, but of course, you need to pay for it’s awesomeness.
Adobe Illustrator. Another great tool for designers, again, it’s very popular, I don’t need to elaborate more on this, but again, for those who doesn’t know Adobe Illustrator, it’s a software specialized on creating vector graphics, graphics that can be scaled and won’t lose quality, or get pixelated. Most browsers support SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files, and modern web developers are slowly opting for SVG files for logos and graphics, this is a safer way than using high resolution images to maintain the image’s quality on devices with pixel ratios larger than 1.0.
Bluehost. The first website I had was hosted on Bluehost, and my overall experience was great. It provided me the tools I need: one click install for WordPress; File manager; Code Editor; and much more I haven’t even used. It’s affordable, for $3.95 a month, you get your very own web host and domain. For beginners who wanted to quickly setup their site, be it your portfolio or personal blog, I highly recommend Bluehost.
Dreamhost. If you wanted to step up your game, Dreamhost is for you, your files will be hosted on Solid State Drives (SSD), which means, your files loads faster than loading it from a Hard Drive. Dreamhost’s basic shared hosting gives you unlimited everything, unlimited domain hosting, unlimited storage and bandwidth. I am currently using Dreamhost as my web host, I have felt a drastic change on site speed compared to other web host I tried before. I would highly recommend Dreamhost if site speed matters to you.
Themes and Frameworks
Bootstrap. Is a CSS framework that helps you develop websites rapidly. Every time I analyze new projects I need to develop, I instantly think of Bootstrap. It is my go-to framework, cutting a lot of time on development, it made my life easier while having fun developing.
WP Bootstrap. A WordPress starter theme with Bootstrap built in. I used this in most of the projects I’ve done, and will surely use it again in the future. If you love Bootstrap but hate integrating it into your WordPress theme every time you start a project, this is the best you can get, it’s free, it’s simple, and is less nonsense.
Genesis Framework. Remembered that I’ve said most of the projects I’ve done was built with WP Bootstrap but not all? It’s because the rest of it was built with Genesis. It’s a premium WordPress starter theme with great features built-in, like Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ready and air-tight security. All of my clients were satisfied on WordPress sites I built with Genesis for them, all because of the theme’s optimization, resulting to a faster website. I would recommend Genesis for everybody, it’s a great theme framework to learn, and a lot of people trust Genesis – most of my clients knew and trust Genesis, there’s a big possibility a client you are working with trust it too.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Only purchase those products if you really feel it would help you achieve your goals.