During my time as a designer I have found many ways to make my life just that little bit easier. In this series of articles on design resources I will share with you the resources I use on a regular basis.

The apps, websites, companies and products featured here are ones that I have personally used in my creative life. Some I use regularly and some are occasional but they all have one thing in common. 

They help me get stuff done!

I hope you find at least one things listed here useful for your own creative endeavours.

Web Design

The items listed in this section are a collection of things that help make web design, in particular for Wordpress, a doddle. 

A combination of good hosting, a flexible builder, and useful plugins are an integral part of building a Wordpress site the easy way!

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4uhosting.co.uk

I have used this hosting company for many years, for my own websites and also client websites. They are one hundred percent UK based which is great for GDPR purposes. Their prcies are reasonable, their customer service is great and their products are reliable. What more could you ask for?

themify.me 

Themify offers premium Wordpress themes and plugins. The Themify builder allows you to build completely customisable websites with very little technical know-how. It makes the whole website building process much quicker and being Wordpress base it means your clients can still login and make updates and changes themselves.

Really Simple SSL

A simple plugin that helps you switch your site from http to https.

Duplicate Post

This Wordpress Plugin is one of a few plugins I automatically install when setting up a new Wordpress website. Duplicate Post allows you to duplicate existing pages and posts which you can then use as a basis for another. This helps speed things up, instead of creating every page from scratch.

Updraft Plus

The free plugin of this allows you to back-up your Wordpress site, and if you link it to an external hosting package such as Google Drive or AWS or Dropbox you can send the backups there also.

Yoast SEO

It’s useful to install this plugin at the beginning of a build so that you can think about your content and formatting in SEO terms right from the start. There is a Pro version of this available if you really want to take your SEO to the next level.