What Powers My Website


Allot people have asked me what I used to create my website and how long did it take. I built this final version of my site from a fresh WordPress and it took about two days where I worked on it for about 4 hours each day. However, it took me about five months to figure out everything on how I wanted my website to be. It did not make it any easier that after every idea I always seemed to have another one. But I had all the piece of custom code used for my site all over the place, by that mean I had a total of 5 development environment so all I really had to do was put it all together. I went through many subdomains; app, dev, final, dev2, and beta. When I couldn’t think of another one, I said to myself it is time to launch. Finally, I have created this site that I am happy with. If I wasn’t happy with it I would of re done the whole thing again. Did you know me learning WordPress I built over ten versions of websites for myself? I was enjoying the learning experience. You will only get better at what you do my doing it and practicing it. Ok, enough back story. So let’s get into it! This post may contain affiliate links. Affiliate links are marked with a *

So what did I use to create my site?

The Basics

Platform: WordPress

Hosting: SiteGround*

Domain registrar: GoDaddy* Use this link to get a domain for $.99

WordPress Theme: Flatsome*

Flatsome is a dominant theme, and I honestly don’t think people know how awesome it is. You have to much control over the header, footer, and menu. Well, what about the body and the page’s content? Well, you can do close to anything is the drag and drop page builders are out there. So when I look for a theme, I don’t look at there stunning demo content. I look at the header, footer and menu options. With Flatsome you have so much control over these areas of the website you are building! The developers took advantages of Kirki and made the customizer a great experience when building a site with Flatsome. Also, I love the Flatsome UX Builder. I have a vision for the future of the UX Builder after I learned how to add elements to it. If your a Flatsome developer and would like to talk to me about this feel free to get in touch.

WordPress Plugins!

Ok, so there is quite a few. But to save time, I’ll only go over ones that you can see from the front end.

Restrict Content Pro (paid)
Restrict Content Pro Stripe Elements Gateway (free – this likely be in core soon)
Thrive Comments* (paid but the bomb!)
Contact Form (free)
Yoast SEO (free or paid)
I know you may be surprised, but yeah, That’s all for a front end.

Ok fine, I tell you the back end ones.

Code Snippets (free)
Contact Form 7 MailChimp Extension (free)
Custom Post Type UI (free)
Restrict Content Pro – MailChimp Pro (included with certain subscriptions)
Revision Control (free)
SG Optimizer (free)
WP Mail SMTP (free)
iThemes Security (free or paid)
Akismet Anti-Spam (free)
Autoptimize (free)
WP Super Cache (free)
Jetpack (free)
Custom Integrations. Plugins are not the only thing that powers my site. I also have a custom javascript and a lot of custom CSS. My site wouldn’t look and function the same without custom javascript and CSS.

Now I don’t want you to copy my site because I want your site to be unique. But what I do want and I do hope that you can get inspiration from my site. For everyone who gave me positive feedback on my website I really appreciate it!

So whats next for my site?
Well, I have some plans for some more creative features. So make sure that you come back and check them out! You are always welcome here!

// CHANGES

3/18/18 V.1

SITE INITIAL LAUNCH

3/19/18 V.2
BITMOJI ON MENU

3/21/18 V.2
ADDED THRIVE COMMENTS

SIDEGROUND POWERED BY BANNER IN SIDE NAV

3/27/18 V.4
CREATED HOVER ANIMATIONS ON HOVER FOR SIDE NAV

3/30/18 V.5
CHANGED SOCIAL ICON – ADDED COLOR AND ANIMATION ON HOVER

3/31/18 V.6
ADDED PLUGIN THRIVE LEADS

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