About This Site and the Tools i used...
WordPress Platfrom Theme
Using WordPress.org as the foundation I built this site using the ‘Hello‘ Theme from Elementor.
Hello is a free ‘lightweight’ minimal theme which gave me complete freedom and flexibility to design the site.
Hello theme works out of the box and offers consistent compatibility with the Elementor Page Builder plugin (see more below).
My Page Builder
I created the site content (design and layout) using Elementor Pro.
Essentially, I built my own theme templates, including two different header styles, the footer, the archive page and a unique design for the blog posts (single post template)…hours of fun!
My Site Hosting
I chose Siteground as the hosting platform, here’s a bullet point summary as to why:
My Email Autoresponder
I use Aweber as my preferred Autoresponder – I think it gives great value form money with frequent updates and new feature development!
The #1 reason I use Aweber is deliverability – nothing else matters really…though they have great customer support and ‘extra features’ too.
For example, check out the course they provide (among others) helping users grow their email list…
They offer a free 30-day trial too for anyone interested in road-testing their platform…’try before you buy’!
My Site Security
I use Wordfence to add additional security protection to my site. I’ve tested several different options and always come back to Wordfence. I’ve grown to love this plugin and wouldn’t want to be without its reassuring presence. (Free and Pro version available).
Plus it makes ‘Two Factor Authentication’ easy and I use that everywhere I possibly can!
My SEO Approach
I confess, I have broken with tradition and switched to the new ‘Rank Math‘ SEO Plugin. So many features – so much control!
(Pro version now available too).
It has a great support community and integrates seamlessly with Elementor. With built-in schema standards using structured data to facilitate ‘rich snippets’…it’s awesome!
My Domain Registrar
I primarily use Namecheap to buy all my domain names (for projects, sites, tracking etc).
Namecheap provides excellent value for many with a simple ‘DNS’ management interface…map or transfer your domains as desired.
At the very least, I’m a firm believer that you should try and own your own name…if possible!
My SECRET SAUCE #1 🤫
Look up top…I did that by incorporating a template from ‘Smart Slider 3’ (Pro Version).
It’s a ‘freemium’ plugin with some awesome free templates…and the pro version…well, you can see that in action on my Homepage and Blog Page. 😍
With Elementor and Smart Slider anything is possible!
My SECRET SAUCE #2
Did you click on the icon in the bottom-right corner of the page yet?
This is ‘VideoAsk‘ – I love the company and have followed their development closely – earning quite a few Amazon vouchers in the process for my time and opinions…nice!