Inspired by the /uses page by Ahmad Awais, i wanted to jump on board with my own.
From front-end web development tools and frameworks to portable MySQL database software, SMS-sending services and project management systems, i have my favourites, but i’m open to change to any tech that helps me be more productive — even if it means disrupting my current workflow for a bit.
I believe learning something daily is a key tool on the path to success — whatever that means to each individual person — and i strive to check that item on my todo list as often as possible.
With all that said, if you have any software or hardware you recommend, please comment below! Heck, books and articles are welcome, too. Oh, and some of the links have my referral code in them. No obligation to sign-up with my code.
Cheers and peace.
- Error Log Viewer
- Easy way to check for WordPress errors, PHP Deprecated and Fatal Errors, Notices, and Warnings. Quick. Several settings to customize the log results, as well as ability to save and email logs.
- Advanced Custom Fields –
- Advanced Theme Code Pro
- The SEO Framework –
- For attracting subscribers to my blog posts, campaigns for sending out emails, etc. Unlimited subscribers and emails since it uses my own SMTP server (G Suite/Gmail for macariojames.com and whatever SMTP server i have setup for other domains).
- Track who edited what or did any activity in the backend of the site. Great for sites with multiple users.
- Amazon Lightsail
- I use it predominately to quickly launch fast, stable WordPress websites. They have an inexpensive $3.50/month option with the first 30 days free. Check it out.
Workflow + Project Management
- Host For Web
- I’ve been using them for about six years now. Many of my domains are hosted with them — this one included. Inexpensive and reliable (i’ve only gone down for about 30 minutes once since i’ve used them), with SSH access and typical FTP and unlimited add-on domains. Setting up email is a cinch, too.
SSH Key Management / Secure Files
- I use this to manage all of my SSH keys (.pub and .pem files, typically). I also use it to secure documents and other files (like copies of legal documents).
Domain Name Purchasing/Registration
- I’ve been using them for maybe seven years to purchase 99% of my domains. Sometimes they aren’t the first to adopt the latest TLDs — such as .jobs not being available as of July 5, 2019.
- Visual Studio Code
- Sublime Text
- I used ST for about six years before switching to VSC in 2018.
- Portable MySQL software i keep on a USB key to connect to local databases
- Navicat for MySQL