Homeschool

Emily’s Wonder Lab

This is a great Netflix show to get kid’s excited about exploring science.

VideographyUpbeat & Vacation & Family

“Talk Too Much” — COIN

VideographyVacation & Upbeat

“Into My Arms” — COIN

VideographyChill & Vacation

“Let Go” — RAC

VideographyGroovy & Upbeat

“Come and Get Your Love” — Redbone

VideographyCalm & Family

“A Summer Song” — Chad & Jeremy

VideographyHome Video & Family

“This Will Be Our Year” — The Zombies

VideographyAt Home & Family

“It’s a Lovely Day Today” — Ella Fitzgerald

VideographyUpbeat & Family

“I Want It All” — COIN

Homeschool

Other Goose

A great resource for an educational plan for kids 2-7 that held space for open-ended discovery.

Code

Redirect Shopify Homepage

{% unless template != 'index' %} <script> window.location.replace( 'your_url' ); </script> {% endunless %}

Videography

Epidemic Sound

Need music for your videos? This is a great place to find great background music!

Homeschool

The Peaceful Press

Is a great curriculum focused on forming strong family bonds and very Montessori-friendly

Homeschool

Fun, Cheap, or Free Resource

This blog post has dozens of free resources for kids learning at home. Definitely worth looking through her list for ideas!

Homeschool

The Good and the Beautiful

A great priced curriculum for either Pre-K through 8 or High School!

Photography & PresetsOrganization Tools

Gemini

This app will help you find duplicate photos on your computer. A great way to save up space and get your digital photos more organized!

Code

Change Logo color depending on slick slide class

$('.content-block-slideshow').on('beforeChange', function(event, slick, currentSlide, nextSlide) {
   if ($('.slideshow .slide[data-id="' + nextSlide + '"]').hasClass('dark')) {
      $('body').addClass('dark');
   } else {
      $('body').removeClass('dark');
   }
});

VideographyNewborn & Home Video

“Coffee” — Beabadoobee

Code

How to stop a video on click

$(this).closest('___').find('iframe').attr('src', $('iframe').attr('src'));

Code

When to use .on()

When you add elements to the dom, and then want click handlers on them, you have to add it to a dom element that was already there on page load.

$('.product-description').on('click', '.toggle-shipping', function(e) {
e.preventDefault();
$(this).closest('.shipping-origin').find('.content').slideToggle();
$(this).closest('.shipping-origin').toggleClass('active');
});

Since shipping origin and the toggle-shipping link was added after the fact in jQuery, you have to basically call the js .on() handler. Meaning that it’s going to watch the product-description for any .toggle-shipping element added to it and then run that click event.

E-CoursesLegal Help

Influencer Marketing Guide to FTC Compliance

This attorney-drafted mini-course is a guide to the best disclosure practices in influencer marketing and native advertising. The course looks at the most common concerns around disclosures for social media influencers and how those disclosures can adequately comply with the current Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines. The content covers the most common social media platforms (Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat) and also addresses live videos in the various mediums.

Wordpress PluginsSEO

Schema Pro

Take your website up a notch and integrate schema.org’s JSON-LD code onto your website and improve SEO!

Wordpress PluginsWooCommerce

WooCommerce Extended Coupon Features

If you would like to have a plug-in that will auto-add a coupon depending on certain rules this is the (free!) plug-in for you!

Wordpress PluginsWooCommerce

WooCommerce Deposits

This plug-in will give you the ability to let your customers have the option to pay in full or pay a deposit on a large purchase.

VideographyHome Video

“Yakety Yak” — The Coasters

Code

Redirect Single Pages of a Custom Post Type to a Custom Field URL

# REDIRECT SINGLE SHOP PRODUCTS TO AFFILIATE URL
while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
header('Location: ' . get_field('link'));
exit;
endwhile;

VideographyUpbeat & Family

“Good Morning Life” — Dean Martin

CodeARIA & ADA Compliance

ARIA for Contact Form 7 Checkboxes

$('.wpcf7-list-item-label').attr('role', 'checkbox');
$('.wpcf7-list-item-label').attr('aria-checked', 'false');

$('.wpcf7-list-item-label').on('touchstart click', function(e){ 
    e.preventDefault();
    $(this).closest('.wpcf7-list-item').find('input[type="checkbox"]').trigger('click');
    $(this).toggleClass('active');
   if ($(this).is('[aria-checked="true"]')) {
       $(this).attr('aria-checked', 'false');
   } else {
       $(this).attr('aria-checked', 'true'); 
   }
});

VideographyUpbeat & Adventure

“Closer” — Powers

Organization Tools

Google Drive

I use Google Drive to hold certain files so I can access it from either my laptop or my desktop monitor. I keep a few photos that are important to me (as well as on a hard drive) and I mostly use Google Drive to organize all my Excel Sheets and Google Docs that are shared with people, such as our budget/tracking expenses sheet, or documents for clients or church members.

Organization Tools

Asana

I use Asana to create tasks for my clients and keep us on task for their website development.

I also use Asana as my church Relief Society secretary. We keep things organized and make sure we are all on the same page on things.

Organization Tools

Lightroom

I use Lightroom to organize my digital photo library. Google Photos is my second recommendation but I love that with Lightroom I can create custom tags and it is very easy for me to find exactly what I’m looking for because I can control exactly how my folders are structured.

Organization Tools

Trello

I use Trello to organize my client calls and information they send me. I also use it for an editorial calendar, ideas I want to expound on or learn for my business, and a board for all my creative projects I want to do.

Organization Tools

Evernote

I use Evernote for ALL my notes. I use this because I can access it from both my phone and computer, add photos, and create Notebooks (categories). A few of my Evernote notes include lists of:

  • Blog/Business/Dev
    • Notes from podcasts/webinars/skillshare videos/e-courses
    • Quotes I want to use when practicing my calligraphy
    • Watercolor Supplies List (what I have and what I need)
    • Idea dumps for projects
    • Fonts I like and want to purchase in the future
    • Outline for future e-courses I want to create
  • Family/Home
    • Mantras or Phrases I want to remember or say as a Mom
    • A huge list of traditions
    • Baby Shower Gift Ideas
    • Ideas of allowance & money management for kids to reference in the future
    • List of ideas or goals I want to accomplish with my babies
    • Quietbook Ideas
    • A List of Needs/Wants in Dream Home
    • Ideas for Laundry organization and rules
    • Random blog posts I loved to reference when kids are older
    • Notes to reference when writing in my children’s Promptly Journals or for our Family Year Book
    • Date Ideas categorized in Free, Random, Little Planning, Lots of Planning, At Home, After Kids (probably copied over from a blog post)
  • Christian/Church of Jesus Christ Related
    • Favorite General Conference Talks
    • Food Storage
    • Notes from books on topics like Atonement, Holy Ghost, etc.
    • List of activities to bring more Christ into Easter/Christmas season
  • Travel/Goal-Setting/Random
    • Things to buy when we move
    • St. Louis Bucket List
    • List of vegetables/fruits I want to garden in my dream garden and tips for each kind
    • 30 Day Challenge Ideas
    • Healthy Living Goals
    • Ranking Built Bars so we know which we want to order next time
    • Recipes
    • Notes from good books
    • Waste-Free Gifts (more experiences than things)
    • Hashtag groupings for Instagram

Photography & Presets

G Presets

Code

Take out .html and redirect

Source: ^/(.+).html/?$
Destination: ____.com/$1

Code

Adding Affirm Payments

<div id="more-information">
<p class="affirm-as-low-as" data-page-type="product" data-amount="{{ current_variant.price | money_without_currency | remove: '.' | remove: ',' }}"></p>
</div>

Code

Delete All Featured Images for Posts

global $wpdb;
$wpdb->query( "
DELETE FROM $wpdb->postmeta 
WHERE meta_key = '_thumbnail_id'
" );

retreats

The Family Narrative

This retreat is focused on the art and business of running a sustainable family photography business.

Code

Make Video Fluid / Responsive

.videoWrapper {
	position: relative;
	padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */
	padding-top: 25px;
	height: 0;
}
.videoWrapper iframe {
	position: absolute;
	top: 0;
	left: 0;
	width: 100%;
	height: 100%;
}

VideographyRoyalty-Free Music

Premium Beat

Great place to find royalty-free music, this link will take you to the free tracks but you can filter all kinds of different categories like mood, genres, duration, instruments, and more!

VideographyRoyalty-Free Music

Bensound

These are great for Instagram videos since they don’t cost a penny and most of them don’t include any words so they won’t detract from your video.

Code

Software Update and Local Dev doesn’t work

Open Terminal:

cd /etc/apache2

make a copy of all httpd.conf files (usually there is a httpd.conf, httpd.conf.pre-update, and httpd.conf.after-update):

cp /etc/apache2 ~/Desktop

Rename httpd.conf to something like httpd.conf.2020-update and then rename httpd.conf.pre-update to httpd.conf:

sudo mv httpd.conf httpd.conf.2020-update
sudo mv httpd.conf.pre-update httpd.conf

Restart apache:

sudo apachectl restart

If that doesn’t work, cd to extra folder and replace httpd-vhosts.conf with previous or this file:

<Directory "/Users/mckenzierucker/blogs">
  Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
  AllowOverride All
  Order allow,deny
  Allow from all
</Directory><Virtualhost *:80>
  VirtualDocumentRoot "/Users/mckenzierucker/blogs/sites/home/wwwroot"
  ServerName home.test
  UseCanonicalName Off
</Virtualhost><Virtualhost *:80>
  VirtualDocumentRoot "/Users/mckenzierucker/blogs/sites/%1/wwwroot"
  ServerName sites.test
  ServerAlias *.test
  UseCanonicalName Off
</Virtualhost>

Save and restart apache.

If that doesn’t work, go back to /apache2 folder and sudo vim httpd.conf file and uncomment the include line with httpd-vhosts.conf (take out the #. Restart apache.

Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

If that doesn’t work, vim httpd.conf file and make sure this line is uncommented. Restart apache.

LoadModule vhost_alias_module libexec/apache2/mod_vhost_alias.so

If that doesn’t work, make sure apache is turned on:

sudo apachectl stop
sudo apachectl start

From here on, do apachectl configtest and check this line as well:

tail -f /var/log/apache2/access_log

Don’t forget to try this line on your dir too:

sudo chmod -R g+rwx wwwroot/; sudo chown -R _www:staff wwwroot/;

Code

Remove Tasty Pins Hover

/*-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Remove Tasty Pins hover
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
 /**
 Disable Tasty Pins Pinterest image hover button.
 */
 remove_action( 'wp_head', array( 'Tasty_Pins\Frontend', 'action_wp_head_print_pinit_js' ) ); 

Encouraging Creative Kids

I will definitely be purchasing this course, just waiting for the right time to buy it! Love all the Elise does and I love seeing how much creativity she is instilling in her children so I know this will be a great course.

WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course

I learned SO much from this course and I can’t wait to implement it for my client’s sites. It goes over so many things and he explains the confusing theories of web speed very well so that anyone can understand them, even those with zero coding knowledge. Definitely a good one to look into.

E-Courses

Digital Course Academy

I would love to take this course by Jenna Kutcher and Amy Porterfield.

E-Courses

Be your own CFO Course

On my list of courses I’d like to take. It is a small business owners’ simple guide to bookkeeping and taxes

CodeSite Speed

Add Async Flag to Script Produced by Autoptimize

<pre>add_filter('autoptimize_filter_js_defer','my_ao_override_defer',10,1);
function my_ao_override_defer($defer) {
 return $defer."async ";
}</pre>

Code

Add Class when Div is in View

$('.site-footer').on('inview', function(event, isInView) {
	if (isInView) {
	  // element is now visible in the viewport
	  $('body').addClass('footer-visible');
	} else {
	  // element has gone out of viewport
          $('body').removeClass('footer-visible');
	}
});

CodeJavaScript

Use Keyboard Arrows for Slider

var $slider = $('.single-project-slideshow');
	$(document).on('keydown', function(e) {
	if(e.keyCode == 37) {
	   $slider.slick('slickPrev');
	}
	if(e.keyCode == 39) {
	   $slider.slick('slickNext');
	}
});

Wordpress PluginsWooCommerce

FacetWP

This plugin is a great way to add smart filtering to your WooCommerce shop page on your WordPress site.

VideographyNewborn & Graduation

“Forever Now” — Michael Bublé

Photography & Presets

Shutter Speed + Aperture + ISO

This video gives a great explanation of these three important photography elements and how they work so you can create the right setting for your photos.

E-CoursesPersonally Completed

SEO Basics

A great e-course to help you learn the basics of SEO and what you can do to boost your SEO without having to hire an expert!

Blogging ToolsStock Photos

Haute Stock

This site has very beautiful images for websites to really elevate your brand.

Blogging ToolsFree Stock Photos

Unsplash

This is my favorite spot for free stock imagery that is beautiful and not at all cheesy.

E-CoursesBlogging Beginners

Blog with a Full-Time Job

This e-course will help you start a profitable blog while you still work full-time and make the plunge to full-time blogging!

E-Courses

Pinterest E-Courses

A whole list of courses for Pinterest from growing your email list using Pinterest, How to Master Tailwind, and more Pinterest Strategies!

Photography & Presets

Hello Fashion Presets

CodeScrolling

Add Class when Element hits top of browser

var homepageNav = $('.homepage-wrap');

if (homepageNav.length) {
   var homepageNavOffset = homepageNav.offset().top - 70;

   if ( docScroll >= homepageNavOffset ) {
	$('.homepage-wrap').addClass('tan');
   } else {
	$('.homepage-wrap').removeClass('tan');
   }
}

CodeScrolling

Add Class when Element scrolls into View

function isScrolledIntoView(elem) {
  if (elem.length) {
	var docViewTop = $(window).scrollTop();
	var docViewBottom = docViewTop + $(window).height();
        var elemTop = $(elem).offset().top - 300;
	var elemBottom = elemTop + $(elem).height();

	return ((elemBottom <= docViewBottom) && (elemTop >= docViewTop));
   }
}

if (isScrolledIntoView($('.site-footer'))) {
   $('body').addClass('footer-visible');
} else {				 
   $('body').removeClass('footer-visible');
}

PodcastsCreative Entrepreneurs

Elise Gets Crafty

Her podcast is a great source for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Love absolutely everything she does!

PodcastsMotherhood

Coffee & Crumbs

I love this podcast, probably because I’ve followed Coffee & Crumbs’ essays for a while and I feel like I’ve gotten to know the 3 women who chat together each episode. A light conversation-type podcast to listen to when you need something in the background of a boring day!

PodcastsChristian Women & Motherhood

Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

I have loved her podcast for a very long time. At some times I think about skipping or deleting an episode because her titles are just the number and the name of the interviewee but every time it is SO inspiring and it was exactly what I needed to hear that day. Such a great one for laundry day, a perfect combination of conversation and inspiration.

PodcastsMotherhood

Cocoon

This one is unique in the sense that it focuses on the challenges of motherhood and has more of a storytelling feel to it. It’s also a great one to throw on in the background and be inspired by other women’s stories.

PodcastsMotherhood

3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms

I love that this podcast gives you three doable takeaways for you to do each week to help make your family life a little better. Her topics are always so on point and I found myself downloading so many old ones that resonated with me!

PodcastsMotherhood & Christianity

Cultivating the Lovely

I love that this podcast combines both motherhood and Christianity and she interviews other women who are adding loveliness in the midst of chaos/cultivating the lovely.

PodcastsMotherhood

Everyday Extraordinary

Previously Extraordinary Moms podcast, she has great topics and discussions with moms and different lessons they’ve learned along the way!

PodcastsMotherhood & Christianity

Don’t Mom Alone

Previously known as God Centered Mom, this was the podcast that first got me interested in podcasts and I have listened to her since then! She is really good at interviewing and it’s a nice one to throw on while folding laundry where you don’t have to give a huge amount of focus to but still get inspiration out of it.

PodcastsChristianity

Chatologie

When you’re feeling some uplifting, her conversations are good and there’s usually a golden moment that I get something out of it!

PodcastsMotherhood

The Mom Hour

This podcast is two women who have conversations with each other about certain motherhood topics! A little bit different than one person interviewing another so a nice change with interesting topics.

PodcastsMotherhood & Minimalism

The Purpose Show

This podcast is a great one when you’re sick of listening to conversations of other people and want some self-help tips. She focuses a lot on motherhood and minimalism. She’s one I usually stay on top of because her episode titles resonate with me!

retreats

Willow Gathering Retreat

This retreat looks like a dream! I would love to join a group of fellow artists and enjoy learning a new skill and more about owning a creative business! Plus the atmosphere just looks divine!

Wordpress PluginsTranslate

Weglot

This plugin is SO easy to use and doesn’t clash with other JS. The design is great and you will eventually have to pay a price the more content it has to translate but it works so great and seamlessly that it’s so worth it!

PodcastsEntrepreneurship and Christianity

The Women with Fire

This podcast dabbles in all three topics that I’m interested in, motherhood, entrepreneurship, and Christianity so I enjoy hearing the stories of women who are getting things done! The interviewers and most of the interviewees are members of the same church as me so I also find it inspiring to listen to and how they combine those three topics together in their lives!

VideographyLabor & Newborn

“I Get to Love You” — Ruelle

PodcastsPregnancy

The Birthful Podcast

I listened to this podcast when I was pregnant and prepping for my own labor. It was great to hear all kinds of different stories although a few may have scared me just a little bit ha!

PodcastsInfertility

The Fertility Warriors

I listened to this podcast when I was going through our journey of infertility. Her voice is soothing to listen to and she discusses topics that I resonated with during that time.

Blogging ToolsSite Speed

GT Metrix

Like Tools Pingdom, this is a great resource to check your site speed and compare with Google Insights as well.

PodcastsFatherhood

HeyDad Podcast

This is a podcast from the perspective of dads. It’s super light-hearted and funny so I listen to this during long road trips to make the time go by fast.

Christianity

Mormons A to Z

I know the cohost Ashley and so I started listening to support and I’ve really enjoyed them! They chat about topics that relate to my religion and interview other members. They do a lot of great research on topics that are sometimes difficult to understand or discuss in our culture.

ShopifyCode

How to add fonts to a Shopify site

Make it a fonts.scss.liquid and then add {{ ‘fonts.scss.css’ | asset_url | stylesheet_tag }} to theme.liquid

Example of formatting:

@font-face {
    font-family: 'BeausiteGrandThin';
    src: url('BeausiteGrandThin.eot');
    src: url('BeausiteGrandThin.eot') format('embedded-opentype'),
         url('BeausiteGrandThin.woff2') format('woff2'),
         url('BeausiteGrandThin.woff') format('woff'),
         url('BeausiteGrandThin.ttf') format('truetype'),
         url('BeausiteGrandThin.svg#BeausiteGrandThin') format('svg');
}

Code

Search Results by Relevance instead of Post Date

add_filter('relevanssi_orderby', 'rlv_fix_order');
function rlv_fix_order($orderby) {
    $orderby = "relevance";
    return $orderby;
}

VideographyAdventure and Fun

“Beautiful Now” — Zedd

Code

Screenshots to be JPG instead of PNG

Type into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg;killall SystemUIServer

E-CoursesCleaning & Motherhood

Kendra Hennessy Courses

VideographyAdventure and Chill

“Man on the Moon” — Zella James

VideographyFamily Upbeat

“Celeste” — Ezra Vine

Blogging Tools

Tasty Pins

Makes it easy to have your blog pinnable.

E-CoursesMini Course

Unburdened

If you want to sort through the clutter in your mind, home, calendar, health, routines, and relationships, this guide will help you go from drowning in a sea of stress and overwhelm to owning your time and living the best version of your life!

retreats

Boss Mom Retreat

An epic event for all boss moms, or future boss moms, who are looking to give their business a growth spurt!

E-Courses

The Supermom Vault

This e-course helps you ROCK your mom life! You’ll have video and audio trainings plus PDF’s that help you declutter your home and simplify your life!

E-Courses

Time-Blocking Mom Workbook

This workbook is only $9 and if helps you to take ownership of your time by creating a time-blocked, flexible but rigid schedule that works for you and your life!

E-Courses

Skillshare

Skillshare is a wonderful place to learn not only creative skills but also business skills! Want to learn more about MailChimp or Illustrator? Skillshare has it, and from people who are masters. Definitely a place to go check out any that interest you.

E-Courses

CreativeBug

If you want to learn something creative, CreativeBug is a great place to start at! It’s a great gift for creative kids and adults.

Blogging ToolsInteractive Quizzes

Try Interact

Give your reader’s a quiz to engage and generate leads for your email list! This is great for coaches or even just a fun quiz for bloggers!

Design ToolsPhotography

Lightroom

If you really want to step up your photography game as a business or as a blogger, Lightroom is the best program for that! It will immediately elevate your photos and there are hundreds of free tutorials to help you learn how to use it!

Blogging ToolsSite Speed Optimization

Page Weight imgIX

This is a great source to see how your images are impacting your site speed.

Photography & Presets

Jaci Marie Pastel Pack Preset

Code

Email Signature

<table style="font-size: 12.8px; font-family: times;">
<tbody><tr><td><a href="http://mckenziesuemakes.com/" target="_blank">
<img src="http://mckenziesue.engine.com/wp-content/themes/mckenziesue-basetheme/img/[email protected]" width="250&quot;" style="float: left; padding-right: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;"></a>
<p style="padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; font-family: lato, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 7px; letter-spacing: 1px;"><a style="color: black;">MCKENZIE SUE RUCKER<br>
<br>PH: 509.855.2557<br><br>[email protected]</a></p></td></tr></tbody></table>

Code

If WordPress max file-size is too low

*Caution: You should not edit this file if you are not confident in the code. You shouldn’t really change the upload_max_filesize for purposes other than importing.

 

For wordpress upload go to /etc/php5/apache2
Vim php.ini
Search for upload_max_filesize and post_max_size by writing / before the word.
Instead of copying the wording just change the number.
Do sudo service apache2 restart.

Code

[email protected]_______.com.test-google-a.com

When Contact Form 7 does not send to a Gmail email for some reason, add .test-google-a.com to the end and it may help. I learned this trick from a Google support agent and it has worked every time. You will want to also download the ‘Contact Form 7 Submissions’ to make sure any submissions don’t get lost between your site and your email inbox.

Code

Smooth Scroll Link

$(".smooth-scroll-link").click(function() {
that = this;

var href = $.attr(that, 'href');
  if (href != '#' && href != '') {
    var target = $(href);
    $('html, body').animate({
       scrollTop: target.offset().top
    }, 1000);
  }
});

Code

Scroll to bottom of Page

$(window).scroll(function(){
if ($(window).scrollTop() == $(document).height()-$(window).height()){
    //Add Javascript
}
});

Code

Hide Pinterest Link once you hit the bottom of site

// Hide Pinterest Link
if (docScroll > ($(document).height() - $(window).height() - 100)) {
  $('._____').addClass('hidden');
    } else {
  $('._____').removeClass('hidden');
}

VideographyVacation and Escape

“Palmar” — Caloncho

VideographyAdventure and Upbeat

“Walking on a Dream” – Empire of the Sun

VideographyUpbeat Video

“Hold My Hand” – Jess Glynne

Wordpress PluginsEditorial Calendar

CoSchedule

The CoSchedule Editorial Calendar is a go-to plugin for bloggers! It’s an all-in-one place for scheduling out blog posts and social media posts. You can create systems like sharing your blog posts 3 weeks later onto Facebook with one click. Here is a great tutorial on how you can use the CoSchedule plugin.

Wordpress PluginsSEO

Keysearch

A great way to help boost your SEO and get your ranking up in Google is focusing on the keywords in your posts. A keyword is the words or phrase someone would type into a search engine that would potentially lead them to your site. A good keyword research tool like Keysearch can really help you out, it tells you how difficult a certain keyword will be to rank high in and also gives you related terms. You can see what websites are the top ranks for that term and track how your own pages are doing. Totally worth the $17 / month investment!

Design Tools

Sketch

I have found Sketch to be my go-to design program. Even more than Illustrator and InDesign! I use Sketch for web design and quick PDF’s like moodboards or a media kit. (Illustrator I use for more complicated logos and InDesign I use for e-books). It is $99 / year, not even $10 a month so it’s totally worth it! Get the free trial and test it out!

Blogging ToolsWriting

Grammarly

Blogging is a lot of writing, so it’s important to have your grammar and spelling correct! Grammarly is a huge help, I use the free version and works anywhere online like WordPress, Facebook, Gmail, etc. Even if you’re a grammar wiz, this is a great browser extension to have to help proofread your work!

Shopify

SimplyCost

This app allows you to add the cost price so you don’t have to calculate the profit of your sales. You can view reports and charts to help you make informed business decisions!

Shopify

Apps by BOLD

BOLD makes great apps for Shopify, including recurring orders, uploading files for custom products, and more!

Shopify$19.99/month

Cross Sell

This Shopify App lets you hand pick of your product page’s related items. By default, Shopify themes will show ‘You May Also Like’ related products based on categories but you may want to specifically choose products that would go together, like curating an outfit or displaying ‘get the look’ from the product photos. This app will do that and give you full control!

Shopify$4.99/month

Collection Filter

This gives your customers an easy way to search by your options, like size, color, type, etc.

ShopifyFree

MailChimp for Shopify App

Affiliates & Ads

Mediavine

Affiliates & Ads

Share a Sale

Affiliates & Ads

Amazon Associates

This is a great affiliate to sign up for so when RewardStyle/ShopStyle or other places do not offer a certain product you can usually find it on Amazon and use an affiliate link for a small commission.

Affiliates & Ads

ShopStyle Collective

Affiliates & Ads

RewardStyle

Business Must-HavesKnowledge is Power

Google Analytics

If you own an online business or have a website in general, you need to have Google Analytics connected. Knowledge is key, and Google Analytics will keep all the stats of where your traffic is coming from, what they are most interested in looking at, and their demographics. All this information can help you improve your business!

Wordpress PluginsBest Wordpress Hosting

WP Engine

This is the hosting I always recommend for bloggers or anyone using WordPress for their site. It has THE best customer service, makes it so easy to use as a developer, and includes daily backups. I wrote a blog post all about it here.

Wordpress Plugins

Minimal Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode

If you need to work on your live site without anyone seeing the process, this is the plugin I use. You can very quickly and easily set up a simple and clean “Coming Soon” page while still accessing the site if you are logged in.

Organization ToolsBeautiful Scheduler

Calendly

The most annoying part of scheduling meetings with people is the back-and-forth emails to figure out a time that works for both people. Calendly is what I use and highly recommend to make scheduling a breeze! You just choose time slots, connect it to your Google/Outlook/iCloud Calendar and the person can schedule a time that works for them and already know works for you! It is completely free (unless you need certain options, I use the free version) and it is very pretty which is a must for me.

PodcastsCreative Entrepreneurs

The Goal Digger Podcast

Jenna Kutcher is an amazing source of knowledge when it comes to owning a business and rocking it! She has SO much information and gives lots of good tips on her podcast.

Organization ToolsSpring Clean your Inbox

UnRoll.Me

If you feel like you get dozens of emails a day and want to clean out your inbox, this webapp is for you! It is so awesome and makes it super easy to unsubscribe to unwanted/unnecessary/old emails. You just sign in with your email and it will show every subscription you are a part of in alphabetical order, scroll through the list, and just click to unsubscribe to each! I recently signed in and unsubscribed to more than 100 companies that I didn’t care about anymore or didn’t even recognize! It seems to work well and it can greatly decrease the amount of emails you get in your inbox that you don’t care about.

Business Must-HavesBlogging Tools

MailChimp

As a blogger, MailChimp is where you want to build your email list. It has the best ability to create beautiful custom templates (which I offer with my custom site services) and you can segment and automize lots of email campaigns to your subscribers.

Business Must-HavesOptimize Images

JPEGmini

This program is the BEST and EASIEST way to optimize your photos for web but still keep the great quality! I recommend it to all my clients and it’s a good price too! You can view a tutorial and read more about it here.

E-Courses

Trello for Business – Think Creative Collective

I use Trello for my business, to keep all my client’s organized and all their information up to date. They teach how to use Trello, tips they use in their own business, how to automate things with Trello, and the best way to use Trello for your specific business goals.

E-Courses

Business on Autopilot – Think Creative Collective

This e-course is completely free and teaches you all the many ways to autopilot a few things to make your life easier so you can focus on the important things! They tell you the best apps and programs to use, how to save countless hours on the things you hate doing in the first place, and tips and tricks on how to automate as much as possible for your business!

Videography

“Like Home” – Colin & Caroline

Videography

“No Matter Where You Are” – Us The Duo

Wordpress Plugins

I Recommend This

If you would like to have the ability for readers to “like” your post, this is the plugin to use! It takes a little customization to make it look pretty but it works well and shows the count of likes per post.

Wordpress PluginsFor Foodies

WP Recipe Maker

The best plugin for recipes on blogs. Has the ability to print and rate and handle intense recipes with multiple instructions and hierarchy when you are doing two things at once, such as dough and frosting.

Wordpress Plugins

Advanced Custom Fields

This is the plugin I use to create any custom feature for WordPress. It makes it so easy to do whatever you want! From choosing favorite posts with the relationship field, creating a list of team members with the repeater field, or a slider with the gallery field, it is essential for any custom site.

Wordpress Plugins

WTK

When creating new post types, this plugin is the best way to do it. Custom post types I create frequently: Mini Posts, Products, Portfolio Projects, Testimonials, Videos, etc. Currently my site has 11 Custom post types!

Wordpress Plugins

Duplicate Post

By default, WordPress does not have the ability to duplicate a post so this is a nice plugin to quickly duplicate it. Another good one is Duplicate Menu that I’ve used a few times as well.

Wordpress Plugins

Broken Link Checker

This plugin will help you catch any links that are broken so you avoid leading your reader’s to a dead end.

Wordpress Plugins

Contact Form 7

This is my favorite Contact Form plugin and usually has the least amount of bugs. You will want to also download the ‘Contact Form 7 Submissions’ to make sure any submissions don’t get lost between your site and your email inbox. It is more for those who know code and not as user-friendly for non-tech people as others plugins, but it makes it easy to create so many options including adding an opt-in for MailChimp or adding more questions depending on a previous answer

Wordpress PluginsGet Rid of Spam

Akismet

This plugin is a great tool to help get rid of spam comments on your blog. Easy to set up and works great!

Wordpress PluginsSEO Help

Yoast SEO

This is a very important plug-in for all WordPress users to have. It is a must-have by pretty much everyone and it is completely free! Yoast helps with search engine optimization for your site, in addition to individual posts. It is easy to use and a few custom settings can really help give Google everything it needs to know to crawl your site and bring your ranking, thus traffic up!

SEOBlogging Tools

Pingdom

This is a great spot to check your site speed. It gives a few tips on how to improve it and seems to be more accurate than Google’s PageSpeed Insight.

Wordpress PluginsWordpress

Interactive World Maps

If you want an interactive map on your site, this is the plugin to use!

Videography

Final Cut Pro

The video editing tool when you want to take your videos to the next level!