The WordPress Stack

75+ tools and resources used by the top WordPress freelancers

We love and use a lot of fantastic tools to run Press Avenue and our business! Each of the following tools, resources and services power this website! We use or have tried everything listed below and recommend each one of them, all of the time, so we created this list for you. A few of these links are affiliate links but its barely enough to buy a beer… let alone a pony.

If you have any questions about the services or software below feel free to contact us.

Our favorites are on top of each section and the list goes down from there.

Accounting

Freshbooks

Mainly for Invoices with basic accounting

Xero

Excellent accounting, great integrations and equal to Quickbooks

Quickbooks

Not our favorite but some people love it, we choose Xero due to the integrations

Free Wave Accounting

Easy, free accounting software for your small business

PennyPipe

Simplify your bookkeeping & save time.

Domain Names

Namecheap

Domain names, SSL, Private ICANN

Godaddy

Not our favorite but some people like them

Domai.nr

A fast way to research if a domain name is available so you can buy it at Namecheap

Lean Domain Search

A great way to research domain names and then buy them with namecheap

Get.blog

Buy .blog from Auttomatic

Email

Google Apps (Now G Suite)

Gmail for Business, plus a Google version of Microsoft office

WiseStamp Signatures

Want an email signature that's dynamic? Also add social links, RSS and more!

Hosting

Siteground

The best WordPress hosting, great customer service and they grow with your business

WP Engine

The best WordPress hosting for business sites, great customer service and they can handle any size WordPress site.

Shouldn't there be more?

Yes there are hundreds of hosting providers but they are hard to recommend due to our experience with them. WordPress.org recommends, Bluehost, Dreamhost, Flywheel and Siteground (who we love).

Staying Organized

Evernote

App designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving

Fujitsu iX500 ScanSnap Document Scanner

Document scanner, ditch the file cabinet and scan everything! Then shred it!

Dropbox

Secure File Sharing, Storage, & Collaboration.

Trello

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards.

Social Media

Hootsuite

Manage multiple networks and profiles and measure your results!

Buffer

Buffer is a new and smarter way to share what you want to share on Social Media.

Email Marketing

MailChimp

MailChimp is a DIY email marketing platform that's been providing underdogs the tools they need to succeed since 2001

OptinMonster

OptinMonster is the best lead-generation plugin for WordPress that allows you to create and integrate highly effective email signup forms on your website.

Aweber

AWeber is the best autoresponder / email marketing for any business. No matter what niche you are in, use autoresponder to keep good relationship with your customers, prospects and followers.

Taking Payments

Stripe

Stripe is the best way to accept payments online and in mobile apps.

SquareUp

Accept All Major Credit Cards With No Surprise Fees and Get Paid Fast.

Hardware

Fujitsu iX500 ScanSnap Document Scanner

Document scanner, ditch the file cabinet and scan everything! Then shred it!

AmazonBasics Shredder

We scan everything & shred it. AmazonBasics is Amazon's generic (excellent) product line.

MacBook Pro (Certified Refurbished)

Why buy new when you can save a ton on a certified refurbished Mac.

Blue Nessie Adaptive USB Condenser Microphone

Perfect for recording vocals, instruments, podcasts, voiceovers, audio for YouTube videos and more

Apple Wireless Keyboard with Magic Mouse

(Certified Refurbished) Save some bucks!!

Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam

1080p HD Camera for Streaming and Recording at 60 FPS – Background Replacement Technology

Synology DS216J NAS DiskStation

A smart hard drive called a NAS Drive (Network Attached Storage) so you can backup your business!

WD Red NAS Hard Disk Drive

Western digital Red hard drives are the absolute best for NAS Drive storage

Brother Monochrome Printer

Compact Laser Printer, Monochrome, Wireless, Duplex Printing, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled

Books

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

The Art of Social Media

Power Tips for Power Users

Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

Rich Dad Poor Dad

What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

#AskGaryVee

One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

Contagious

Why Things Catch On

Crush It!

Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

Everybody Writes

Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content

Different

Escaping the Competitive Herd

Misc

AppSumo

AppSumo is a daily deals website for digitally distributed goods and online services. I buy everything from these guys!

Zapier

With Zapier you can build Zaps which can automate parts of your business or life.

Moo

You can have a different image on every card or sheet in a pack with Printfinity, a unique technology to MOO

Proposify

Proposify is a simple way to deliver winning proposals.

Grasshopper

A virtual phone system can help your business stay organized with many calls coming in

RavenTools

Automated Marketing Reports for SEO, Social and Search Engine Marketing

DIY SEO Courses

My DIY SEO courses will grow your website traffic, improve conversions, and show you how SEO really works.

UpTime Robot

Uptime Robot is all about helping you to keep your websites up. And get alerts when they are down!

Google Voice

Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail as easy as email, free US long distance, low rates on international calls etc

Premium Stock

Deposit Photos

Depositphotos is a royalty-free microstock photography agency based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

PhotoDune

Discover over 1 Million Stock Photos and Royalty-Free Images

GraphicsRiver

Royalty-free, layered Photoshop files, vectors, icon packs, add-ons and design templates

Free Stock Photos

Unsplash

All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

Death To Stock

Death to the Stock Photo is a lifestyle image resource and adventure brand for dreamers and doers smashing the mold!

Pexels

Free stock photos you can use everywhere. ✓ Free for commercial use ✓ No attribution required

StockSnap.io

Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly. Free from copyright restrictions.

Free Stock Photos 2

BarnImages

We created Barn Images with the hope of redefining traditional stock imagery. Here, you will find only quality photography that’s fresh, with nothing that duplicates the stock photography you’ll generally find elsewhere.

TrunkLog

I have a lot of pictures that I never ever use, but I hope that you get some use out of them! No need to credit me, but I will be happy If you do. Have fun. All pix are free for private and commercial use.

RealisticShots

Free stock photos (high resolution) for personal and commercial use. 7 new photos every week.

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