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A library of applications and digital tools that I use and recommend

Resources List

Design and Development Resources

I decided to build a resource library that I can easily reference and share. I use and recommend many of these, the rest are for comparative reference or future use.

Webflow Resources and Integrations

Webflow is a no-code/low-code visual design, development and prototyping tool using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Typeform allows you to build conversational forms, surveys, quizzes, and more – no coding required.

https://university.webflow.com/integrations/typeform

Overflow is a repository for advanced Webflow interactions and integrations.

https://www.theoverflow.io/

Flowbase is a community driven guide to Webflow assets and cloneables.

https://www.flowbase.co/

Webflow University is a Webflow tutorial series.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCELSb-IYi_d5rYFOxWeOz5g

Flux is Ran Segall's video channel featuring Webflow insights and tutorials.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7dywl5wDxTu1RM3eJ_h9Q

PixelGeek is Nelson Abalos Jr.'s channel featuring long form Webflow explorations.

https://www.youtube.com/pixelgeek

Joseph Berry is a UK based designer/dev with a series of Webflow videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0zs1DBGzDJJ9EVkNeVpJ-w

Zapier is a connection tool that integrates many 3rd party apps into the Webflow platform.

https://zapier.com/apps/webflow/integrations

Udesly takes Webflow designs and adapts them into Ghost, WordPress and Shopify themes.

https://www.udesly.com/

Finsweet Hacks has Lottie and other advanced Webflow integration tutorials.

WordPress Resources

Pinegrow visual HTML and CSS framework with Bootstrap and Foundation modules with WP theme builder.

Oxygen Builder WP theme builder with Woo-Commerce integration.

ACF Pro Advanced Custom Field builder with repeater form integration. Build custom CMS collections, galleries, and forms.

Ninja Forms versatile forms with Mailchimp and survey integrations.

WP Fluent Forms form builder with integrations for Zapier, Mailchimp, Convertkit, Trello and Hubspot.

Webflow WP Converter adapts Webflow templates into WP themes and actively connects them for easy updates.

Wordfence is a deep WP website security and firewall tool.

WP Rocket is a cache tool for accelerating WP hosted websites.

Dashboard Switcher build custom WP dashboard and admin control panels.

JetPack Premium analyzes WP site traffic, and secures and backups up database.

Yoast SEO versatile SEO imbed and measurement tool.

Events Manager Pro for creating events lists, calendar date selection, and accepting payments.

All In One WP Migration migrate a WP website to another host without breaking short-codes and 301 redirects.

MemberPress adds membership and subscription integration to WP websites

WP Smush bulk process images for WP, even those already uploaded to database.

Jilt is an abandoned cart recovery and email marketing campaign tool.

Cookie Pro CCPA, GDPR and LGPD compliance management tool.

Chrome Extensions

WhatFont font picker measures font-family, size, line-height, and color.

Full Page Screen Capture generates a pdf or png file of entire website page.

Color Eye Dropper color picker tool measures hex and rgb pixel values.

Lighthouse website and PWA auditing and metrics tool.

Muzli provides inspirational design links whenever a new tab is opened.

CSSpeeper scan all element attritbutes and CSS values.

Desktop Servers and deployment tools

WP Sandbox WP plugin and theme demonstrations.

MAMP is a local Apache server using MySQL and PHP.

DesktopServer local to live server deployment tool for WP.

CyberDuck and FileZilla are GNU FTP clients.

Grunt is a Javascript task runner

Composer is an application level PHP package manager.

YAML config files are a superset of JSON.

Docker a platform for building distributing and running Docker containers.

Kubernetes a container orchestration system for deploying Docker at enterprise scale.

Web Applications and Integrations

Elfsight builds embedded widgets for forms, chats, surveys and social media connections for Webflow, WordPress, and Shopify.

Mailchimp an all in one marketing platform for email and CRM.

MailerLite an email marketing platform.

ConvertKit CRM tool with WP and Webflow integration.

Gmelius is a multi-channel inbox and workflow tool for G-Mail and integrates with CRM and PM tools.

Buffer is a social media content scheduling and publishing tool.

On-Corps Machine Learning based analytics, forecasting, and testing tool.

E-Commerce

Woo-Commerce a versatile WP e-commerce platform with multiple integrations.

Shopify a hosted e-commerce platform with multiple templates and integrations.

Imagify Woo-Commerce optimized image processor

Printful a print on demand platform for Shopify, Etsy and Woo-Commerce.

One Page Checkout streamlines Woo-Commerce payment process and reduces cart abandonment.

Jilt abandoned shopping cart plugin.

Stripe is a payment gateway and processor.

PayPal is a payment gateway and processor.

Project Management, accounting, contract, and proposal presentation tools

G-Suite cloud based suite of Docs, Sheets, Calendar and Drive.

On-Click versatile PM platform with tasks, calendar, Agile Sprint and Kanban views, time tracker and guest access.

Trello PM platform with tasks, calendar, and Kanban views, reports and guest access.

Jira PM platform with tasks, calendar, and Kanban views, reports and guest access.

Thrive PM tool with task based dashboard.

Airtable calendar and Kanban planner.

Prospero creates, sends and tracks proposals, contracts and invoices, and accepts payments.

Hello Bonsai creates, sends and tracks proposals, contracts and invoices, and accepts payments.

Wave  free accounting and invoicing tools for freelancers.

QuickBooks double entry accounting and payroll for freelancers and small businesses.

FreshBooks accounting, invoicing and billing for small to medium sized businesses. Paypal integration reduces fees.

Toggl a time tracker tool that integrates with most PM systems.

Harvest a time management and invoice tracking tool.

GrindKit a freelancer toolkit bundle that includes Process, Proposal, and Contract templates.

Testing and Version Controls

Optimizely A/B testing and SEO validation for landing pages.

Unbounce A/B testing and SEO validation.

Revisr WP database version control plugin.

Subversion WP version control.

WP Sweep deletes old posts and revisions.

Google AMP serves a smaller and faster version of website for mobile breakpoints.

Selenium automates UI/UX tests.

Mocha automates UI/UX tests.

Percy tests visual layout revisions across multiple screen sizes.

BrowserStack tests across multiple browsers and devices.

Mantiss open source bug tracker.

Design and Development Software

Adobe CC subscription based creative software platform. PhotoShop, Illustrator, XD, Premier, After Effects and Animator.

Affinity Studio desktop creative software platform Publisher, Photo, and Designer.

Visual Studio Code is a code editor optimized for building and debugging web and cloud applications.

Sublime Text a versatile Python based cross platform source code editor that supports many languages and can be extended with plugins.

Unity video game and virtual reality engine.

GitHub version control platform for Git.

ESlint a linter tool for VS Code

Music and Sound Editing Software

Logic Pro suite of virtual instruments and effects with recording and mixing tools.

Ableton Live suite of virtual instruments and effects with recording and mixing tools.

Max/MSP visual programming language for music and multimedia.

Universal Audio recording interface, hardware and software compressors, equalizers and preamps.

Softube mixing and mastering software and integrated hardware

Content Management Systems

Webflow CMS included in business and agency hosting.

WordPress self hosted CMS used on 35% of internet websites.

Jekyll Git based CMS.

Contentful headless CMS based on RESTful API

Prismic headless CMS based on RESTful API

GraphCMS headless CMS uses GraphQL

Ghost headless Node.js based blog platform.

CraftCMS headless, light, custom CMS framework that is quick to build and easy to deploy.

headlessCMS a list of content management systems using JAMstack.

No Code - Low Code Development Tools

Bubble.io

Webflow

Bee Free

Parabola

Integromat

Supernova Studio

Glide

SVG Gator an SVG animation app

Lottie Files test Lottie animations

Max/MSP

Airtable

MicroSoft Power Apps

Multimedia and Font Collections

Unsplash

Pexels

Coverr

Pexels Video

MixKit free background music and videos

Blendful

Material Design

Firebase

Coolors color scheme generator

Color Mind AI based color scheme generator

Adobe Color CC RGB, CYMK, and Hex palette codes.

Google Fonts

True Type Fonts

Font Squirrel

Website Hosting Services

Webflow

Cloudways

Flywheel

DigitalOcean

Vultr

Google Cloud Services

Amazon Web Services

Blue Host

SiteGround

Liquid Web

WP Engine

Kinsta

What's up with the Ravens?

My father's ancestors originated on the Island of Corvo in the Azores. "o Corvo" means Crow or Raven in Portuguese. My father always considered Crows and Ravens good luck, and would call out "Hello brother!" whenever he would see one.

ravens

I find the large, black birds fascinating. Crows and Ravens are highly intelligent, and have the ability to recognize faces and use tools. They are also able to teach those skills to their offspring.