HostingThis WordPress blog network is hosted on Heroku. For most business use cases, I recommend WP Engine.
WordPress PluginsI use these plugins on this and other WordPress websites that I build.
- Gravity Forms can handle anything from a basic contact form to e-commerce checkout. It comes with good support and is easily extensible.
- Ninja Forms is a quite competent and free alternative to Gravity Forms
- WooCommerce is the go-to E-Commerce platform for WordPress and one of the most popular platforms overall. I recommend this if you’re looking for a shopping cart for your site.
- iThemes Security is my preferred security plugin. The most important setting to enable is “Limit Login Attempts.” Some hosts, such as WP Engine, will handle this for you.
- Jetpack is made by the creators of WordPress.com and adds a number of enhancements to your site. It also allows you to connect all of your sites to your WordPress.com dashboard, providing a centralized editing experience.
- Advanced Custom Fields is an absolutely essential plugin for custom theme development. It allows for rapid iteration of admin functionality while also allowing you to eventually commit your fields to version control via a PHP export.
Developer-friendly WordPress Themes
- Studiopress is where you can find Genesis. This website is built using the Genesis Framework as our parent theme, with a custom child theme. The hooks and filters built into Genesis allow for highly extensible themes and portable plugins.
WordPress Documentation & Developer Resources
- The Codex is the original WordPress code documentation. It is the most complete, but sometimes out of date.
- WordPress Code Reference is the new code documentation. It is not quite complete, but usually up to date.
- Development Standards on the Make WordPress website are very useful for developers who are looking to begin collaborating with others.
- PHP The Right Way is an open source compilation of current PHP best practices.
WordPress Development Blogs & Podcasts
- WP Tavern
- The Dradcast
- WPMU Dev
- A List Apart (Not specific to WordPress, but a cornerstone of accessible web development)