Uses

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.

WordPress Plugins

  • 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
    • Need I say more?
  • Advanced Theme Code Pro
  • The SEO Framework
    • I prefer it to Yoast
  • Stream
    • Track who edited what or did any activity in the backend of the site. Great for sites with multiple users.
  • Kadence WooCommerce Email Designer
    • Easy to use WYSIWYG editor for emails for your WooCommerce store. Not the most robust options, but better than the defaults.

Servers

  • 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

  • HeySpace

Invoicing

  • Wave

Website Hosting

  • 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.
  • Netlify

SSH Key Management / Secure Files

  • Keybase
    • 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

  • Namecheap
    • 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.

Code Editor

  • Visual Studio Code
  • Sublime Text
    • I used ST for about six years before switching to VSC in 2018.

Database Editor

  • MySQL Workbench
  • HeidiSQL
    • Portable MySQL software i keep on a USB key to connect to local databases. Windows.
  • Navicat for MySQL

CSS Framework

  • Bootstrap
  • Bulma

FTP

  • Transmit

Favicon Generator

Command Line

  • Terminal (macOS) Theme: Peppermint
    • With this alias set in my ~/.bash_profile file
      alias ls="ls -FHG" …it changes colour of files and directories when using ls. The ‘F’ flag shows if a file is executable or not.
      Screenshot of OS X Terminal Theme: Peppermint

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