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WordPress Tools

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1. Best Website Suite

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Thrive Themes

If you’re trying to generate emails, leads, and sales using your WordPress website, this is a absolute must have. It has everything for creating pages, split testing (testing different variations of a page to see what performs better. You can run quizzes, have a variety of email opt-ins. It’s really the full package and it fits together beautifully.

Pros

  • Split testing pages and blog titles
  • My all time favorite page builder
  • Receive messages or add people to your email list

Cons

  • Monthly membership

2. Best WordPress Page Builder

Thrive Architect


Thrive Architect

I made the switch from Elementor to Thrive Architect and I’ll never go back.

Architect is easy to use, it has fast page load speeds, and a robust set of tools. With their smart pages, you can REALLY quickly use templates to create beautiful pages.

If you don’t want the full Thrive Themes membership, you can pick up Thrive Architect for a 1 time fee (although the suite is worth it, I use every single tool)

Pros

  • One time purchase
  • Email list capture directly integrated
  • Smart templates make it lighting fast to create pages

Cons

  • Membership is a better deal
  • Need membership for advanced email capture and split testing

3. Best Internal Linking Plugin

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Link Whisper

Why I love it

Linking between all your blog posts takes FOREVER. This tool not only tells you how many times each page is linked to, it generates suggestions of how you can link from one page to another post is linked to, it generates a TON  of suggestions. If you like the suggestion, you can add the link in the click of a button.

Pros

  • A comprehensive list of each link to every page
  • Smart suggestions for places to add links
  • One click to add links between pages

Cons

  • Ongoing charge
  • It does 1 main function

4. Best Image Optimizer

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Short Pixel

I’ve ran test of a number of image optimizer. Shortpixel is easy to use, it’s fast, and it’s free or affordable (you get free credits each month). Site speed is important and Shortpixel was by far the top performer.

Pros

  • Huge reduction in file size
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • If you have lots of images, you'll pay a 1 time $10-$30

5. Best WordPress Membership

wishlist member


Wishlist Member

Fantastic plugin for giving access to different areas of your WordPress website. It’s insanely well integrated with shopping carts and email. Whether you’re doing courses, members areas, or just have private content, it’s super easy to use and great for users.

Pros

  • Integrated with your shopping cart and email
  • Connect different pages and areas to different membership levels
  • Easy to manage and message all users

Cons

  • Monthly Fee
  • Only for WordPress

6. Best Affiliate Plugin

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Affiliate WP

I’ve used a lot of affiliate websites. Most are really hard to navigate and frustrating for your affiliates and managing them. Affiliate WP is so simple and easy to use both for you and your affiliates. The layout and features are top notch, it’s the best I’ve found.

Pros

  • Set advanced payout rules
  • Easy to have people apply and approval process
  • Extremely customizable

Cons

  • Cheaper (but not as good) alternatives

7. Best Page Metrics Tools


Hotjar

This tool will help you see where people are scrolling and where people are clicking. This is incredibly important for any paid traffic. It will help you make a adjustments to the page layout, you’ll see where you’re losing people, and can adjust where you place your buttons or call-to-actions.

Pros

  • FREE unless you’re at more than 2,000 page views a day
  • Click maps precisely show all webpage clicks
  • Scroll maps demonstrate how far people make it down the page

Cons

  • I’ve found it caused a slight increase in loading speed
  • Paid tool when your page visits are more than 2,000 per day 

8. Best Booking Software

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BOOK LIKE A BOSS

Why I love it

Appointment Booking software is a HUGE time saver. 

I used to spend so much time finding appointments, scheduling Zoom Links, sending reminders and questionnaires. Now, the entire thing is automated.,

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • SMS (text) and email reminders
  • Advanced features and questionnaires

Cons

  • There are lower priced options (with less features)
  • You can customize the look, but it's limited

9. Best For Software Discounts

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App Sumo

App Sumo has lifetime deals to a wide variety of software deals. A number of these are brand new companies and others are long established companies. I’ve nabbed some AMAZING software and deals at 1/10 of what it would have cost otherwise. There are a few duds, but overall amazing deals, software, and opportunities.

Pros

  • Lifetime access to software
  • Incredible social media, productivity, and project management apps
  • New deals and offers every few weeks

Cons

  • Some software ended up not being great. Some are new and untested companies.

10. Best Blogging Course

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Project 24 by Income School

I love the way Project 24 is structured. The goal is to make a full time income blogging in 24 months. They have a plan, a roadmap, and their first 60 steps to success. It also includes a weekly podcast, group member forums. They’ve expanded to helping people grow both a blog and YouTube channel. There’s 10+ courses, and they meticulously track how many people are making $1,000, $2,000, or full time income from their blog. They have hundreds of student making great money and keep improving and updating the course.

Pros

  • A step-by-step roadmap
  • Tons of up to date and new training and lessons
  • A vibrant forum with other people building their website

Cons

  • You don’t get one on one time or direct Q and A with course creators (though they do answer questions on the podcast)
  • No lifetime access, you pay yearly

11. Best Image Processing App

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Glorify

I was using Canva to create images, but this one is much better. First, you get access to ALL their templates with the plan for all the different file sizes. But, by far the biggest selling point is the background remover. It’s SO easy to cut out a person from the background. I’ve used Photoshop and a variety of tools and none come close at removing background. I still use Photoshop for advanced photo editing, but this is a crucial part of my toolkit.

Pros

  • Basic free plan
  • A wide variety of templates and elements
  • The best background remover I’ve ever used

Cons

  • Pro plan is pricier than Canva
  • Limited in terms of advanced image editing

12. Best Hosting

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Cloudways

Most cheap hosting is slow and you need to use C Panel. Managed hosting is much faster but you quickly jump to $30+ per month. Cloudways is managed hosting, but much more affordable, with really good support and the best price. I’ve been very happy with the speed and uptime (it has very few times when the site is down)

Pros

  • Amazing price for managed hosting
  • Great speeds and uptime
  • Excellent support

Cons

  • More expensive than shared hosting

13. Best Cheap Hosting

A2 Hosting


A2 Hosting

A2 hosting has fantastic support and it’s great hosting for the price. It’s one of the best choices for shared hosting. While my favorite is Cloudflare, A2 is a fantastic deal at under $5 per month.

Pros

  • Inexpensive: Options for under $5 a month
  • Fantastic support
  • Great speed for the price

Cons

  • Not as fast as more expensive options
  • Need to use C Panel to help solve issues

14. Best WordPress Funnel Builder

Cartflows


Cartflows Pro

Cartflows is a powerful WordPress funnel builder with a TON of advanced features. Upsells, downsells, one click upsells, different project numbers. It’s insanely easy to setup and customize using your existing page builders and WordPress tools.

Pros

  • Upsells, downsells, one click upsells, and more features
  • Features are updated frequently
  • Easy to customize and use. You can use all your WordPress tools

Cons

  • Split testing is in the works
  • Need a number of tools for in-depth integration with email and courses

15. Best Abandoned Cart Email

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Recover Abandoned Cart

Active campaign is the most advanced email marketing tool I’ve come across…at a price. Their deep data API lets you tag and track a variety of actions and behaviors in your email. It’s the industry leader in advanced email tagging and tracking.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • One-time fee with future updates
  • Highly customized emails for each products

Cons

  • Only 6 months of support from the author unless you pay more

16. Best Free WordPress Checkout

Cartflows


Cartflows Free

You need the pro version of Cartflows to do all of the most advanced funnels: upsells, downsells, order bumps, etc. But, Cartflows is still a great tool to have a custom checkout and thank you page on your WordPress website. It’s much better than the default checkout you get with a tool like Woocommerce.

Pros

  • FREE
  • Decent customization

Cons

  • Not a true sales funnel builder
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