Useful Tools for Building Your Website
This page is a collection of themes, plugins, and resources for author websites which I found useful and plan to use again. It has been sorted into categories for your convenience.
- AddtoAny – my current preferred social media plugin.
- Social Warfare – a social media plugin that lets you share network specific images and snippets.
- Buffer – an online service for managing multiple social media accounts.
- IFTTT – I use this service to get notifications of any time I am mentioned on Twitter.
- Zapier – A great alternative to IFTTT.
- Yoast SEO – a good basic SEO plugin.
- WP SEO Structured Data Schema – an advanced SEO plugin which helps make your content show up in google’s preferred formatting in its search results.
- WP Keyword Suggest – this plugin helps you find longer keywords for posts.
- Google Search Console – This tool will tell you how many people are finding your site through Google, and the terms they are searching for.
- DepositPhoto – My preferred source for licensed images
- Flickr – A great source of free and legal images.
- Where to find free and legal images (blog post)
- PicResize – My goto tool for shrinking an image to fit in a small space.
- Remove.bg – This tool removes the background from your photos.
- Convert a Color – There are 4 different systems for define a color. This site helps you convert from one system to another.
- CMYK 2 RGB – This site makes it easy to convert colors from CMYK (used for print) and RGB (used on the web).
- Canva – A great free online alternative to Photoshop.
- CloudConvert – I mainly use this site to convert WEBP images to JPG, but it is agreat general purpose format conversion tool.
- Cookie Law Info – an easy way to comply with EU’s law on tracking cookies.
- wpSpoiler – easy to use spoiler tags
- WP 404 Auto Redirect to Similar Post – Got a broken link on your site? This plugin automatically searches for pages and posts with a similar slug, and then redirects visitors to that page.
- WordPress Notification Bar – it’s like a banner ad across the top of your site.
Speed & Optimization
- WP Smush – an image optimization plugin.
- Shortpixel – an even better image optimization plugin (use this one).
- WP-Optimize – a database optimization plugin.
- GTMetrix.com – this is my main diagnostic tool for speeding up a site.
- AMP – the official plugin for Google AMP.
- AMP for WP – this plugin adds all the features you expected from the official plugin, including comment sections, menu, site logo, etc.
- FV Gravatar Cache – this plugin caches gravatar icons
- WP Fastest Cache – My preferred caching plugin.