Recommended WordPress Tools and Resources

Recommended WordPress Resources

StudioPress / Genesis

Genesis is a great option for designers looking to start a child theme project from a solid  foundation of high quality WordPress code. Non-designers will appreciate the well-designed child themes, excellent documentation, and lifetime support. Genesis was used to build the WP Apprentice website.

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is the easiest way to collect data through your WordPress website. Whether you’re creating a simple contact form or a complex multi-step application, Gravity Forms makes it easy.  This drag-and-drop form builder produces visually appealing data input forms that used to require a professional programmer.


OptimizePress was created to help you build landing pages that get results. The templates are designed by online conversion experts, people who have studied exactly what it takes to spur visitors into taking action. Use OptimizePress to promote product launches, book releases, live events, and webinars.

CSS Hero

Now you don’t have to be a CSS guru to customize your theme. In fact, you don’t need to know CSS at all. CSS Hero does all the hard work for you. You just point and click on the element you want to style, then select the styling options from CSS Hero’s menus. And you see your changes in real-time.  Site customization the easy way.

Beaver Builder

Custom WordPress page layouts made easy.  With Beaver Builder you just drag and drop the custom layout options anywhere on your page. Any layout, any theme. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

WP Engine Hosting

Premium WordPress hosting with great support and unparalleled features. WP Engine is a fully managed hosting service. I recommend WP Engine for important websites that have no tolerance for downtime, security breaches, or slow page loads (in other words, your business website). WP Apprentice is hosted by WP Engine.

Backup Buddy

An all-in-one tool that automates WordPress backups, simplifies site restoration, and can be used to migrate WordPress sites from one server to another.  Watch the BackupBuddy demonstration to see this plugin in action.