This is a work in progress - Thanks for your patience
On this page, you will find all the tools and resources I personally use to create websites. It's taken me many years to build a list of reliable resources, so this page will hopefully save you a whole bunch time and energy.
As I find plugins and other resources that prove to be reliable, I will add them to this page so it's probably a good idea to check back from time to time.
Some of the links below are affiliate links and if you do end up buying from my links, I will make a small commission. It all helps to keep the lights on around this place and it won't cost you anything extra. Some of the links will actually save you some money:)
Everything is listed in the order I would use if I was creating a website from the start, so scroll down a bit if you already have a domain name and web hosting account.
Once you've got your Domain Name, you're going to need a hosting company to host your website. I've been building websites since the late 1990's, so have had my fair share of experiences with hosting companies. SiteGround is by far, the best hosting company I've ever used. They offer affordable prices with outstanding support. I've tested their support on a few occasions and they were quick and helpful with the issue (usually created by me) fixed in a few minutes. Downtime is pretty much non-existent with only one 5 minute spell this past year. That's outstanding!
I highly recommend SiteGround - I'm on their "Go Geek" plan which provides daily backups along with a whole bunch of other premium services for a very competitive price. Their monthly hosting plans start at only $3.95!
Dynamik Website Builder is a child theme created by Cobalt Apps for the Genesis Framework . Completely different from any other Genesis child theme you can buy, it's a special theme that enables you to change every part of the theme without typing a single word of code. Dynamik Website Builder is the most versatile "no-code" option for creating any type of WordPress website based on the Genesis Framework.
I use Dynamik on nearly every website I build, because it makes it so easy for me to customize everything without digging into php files and css style sheets. The support forum at Cobalt Apps is also probably the best support forum out there. If I could have only one child theme for Genesis, then DWB would definitely be my first choice.
Once you've got the look of your website created using DWB, it's time to start creating the actual pages. At first, you're going to think it's easy to create pages using the standard WordPress editor, but as soon as you want to create a page with more than one column (like a typical "About or Contact Page" these days) you'll quickly realize the limitations of the editor.
This is where the Beaver Builder Page Builder plugin steps in. It's a visual "Drag & Drop" page builder that provides a true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) design environment. Since finding Beaver Builder my page design time has dropped substantially because of how easy their Page Builder makes it. This is the first plugin I install on all my WordPress sites now and I will never go back to creating pages using the standard WordPress editor again.