Resources

Here are a few tools and services that I find useful for new and aspiring web designers

Software

Check out some of the applications that I recommend and use every day in my professional work.

Adobe Xd

This is a piece of software I use just about every day of my professional life. It is my go-to for designing mockups, building prototypes, and so much more. And best of all? It’s free to use! Of course, if you pay for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite you get a lot more, but even the free version is more than enough to start you on your way.

Elementor Pro

This has been my WordPress page builder of choice for the past 3 years. No software is perfect, but this one is good enough to be one of the top page builders, used by professionals and designers in every area of the web design spectrum. If you want to build a site without touching code, then this is your solution.

Procreate

Often designers are required to sketch out their ideas before moving pixels around an art board. Procreate, a drawing app for the iPad, is my drawing app of choice. It allows me to sketch out wireframes, layouts, and creative drawings to help me get my ideas down on “paper”.

Services

From hosting to maintenance, here are some services that allow me to take good care of my clients.

Hover

You can’t have a website without a domain name. I use hover to register and maintain all of my domains and I recommend them to all of my clients. They are consistently great and I’ve never had a single complaint with any of their services.

SiteGround

I’ve used just about every web hosting service out there and Siteground is the one I’ve stuck with the longest. They have fantastic customer support and their shared hosting plans are some of the cheapest you’ll find.

Manage WP

If you design websites for clients you’ll often need to maintain them. I use ManageWP to maintain a variety of client sites and provide great white label services that don’t suck up all of my time.

Courses

I love learning and these are some of the courses that I’ve used and found extremely helpful in my professional journey.

WP Elevation

If you want to level up your WordPress consulting game then Troy Dean’s WP Elevation program is one of the best in the world. I attribute a lot of what I’ve learned about working with clients to this program.

Traversy Media

This is a piece of software I use just about every day of my professional life. It is my go-to for designing mockups, building prototypes, and so much more. And best of all? It’s free to use! Of course, if you pay for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite you get a lot more, but even the free version is more than enough to start you on your way.

Scrimba

This online web design and development course service is also great, but I mostly recommend it for Gary Simon’s UI Design Bootcamp. I’ve only touched on a few of the modules, but the information he provides is top-notch and if you want to become a better UI designer, then this is an awesome place to start.