WordPress Development Toolbox

WordPress Development Toolbox

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WordPress is an amazing platform used worldwide by individuals and companies large and small. Due to its popularity, there are countless ways to get what you want to be done in countless forms. From themes to frameworks, to plugins, it's a dizzying array of options available to use on your website site.

I've spent several years sifting through the options. Moving from one theme or plugin to another until I find the ones I like best. Even now I'm finding alternatives to ones I've used for a long time.

My goal with this article is to go over my current toolbox which includes the theme I use, plugins, frameworks, languages, etc. I aim to keep this article updated as much as possible as I find new options.

Last Updated - 8/5/2018


Beaver Builder Theme

The Beaver Builder theme is a lightweight theme that fully adopts the WordPress Customizer for all of our theme settings. This enables live preview of any theme setting changes including CSS updates. The Beaver Builder Theme utilizes the popular Bootstrap framework as its CSS base. With best practices baked in making this theme incredibly fast. A clean install on my server loads in 850ms!

This theme is purposely built to work with the Beaver Builder Page Builder making customizing pages the way you want incredibly easy. Whether it's just a brochure site or a million dollar a year e-commerce platform this theme is perfectly suited for both.

Read more about the Beaver Builder Page Builder below to get the full story of the power of this theme with its companion builder


$ 149 per Year
  • Created for Developers
  • Familiar WordPress Customizer based theme settings
  • Clean code base thats easy to modify
  • Great Support


At the moment BeTheme is my go to WordPress theme. First introduced by the Muffin Group in March of 2014 Be has gone through countless updates and improvements and is now one of the top selling themes on Envato Market. The reason for their success is simple, the Be team, located in Sydney Australia, really values user input and honing their product to the point that they release an update every single Friday! Check out their ChangeLog.

Be comes with a great easy to navigate user interface, the Theme Options allow you to customize almost every part of your website. There are 20 different header options, multiple responsive layouts, footer layouts, sidebar options, and the included Muffin page builder make page layouts easy. There are options to set a size, line height, weight, spacing for practically every element be it h1, h5, submenus title, etc.

What really stands out for me is the ability to easily create new sidebars, the simple to navigate and customize template files, and a dedicated option tabs for CSS and JQuery input. The included premium plugins like Layer Slider are just icing on the cake.

There are tonnes of other great features that only using this theme can really portray. Screen shots from some of the options pages are below.

$ 60
  • 340 + Loadable Demos
  • Premium Plugins Included
  • User Friendly Settings
  • Great Support
  • Weekly Updates

Header Options
Responsive Options
Page Level Options


Beaver Page Builder

This is a more recent addition to my toolbox. The Beaver Page Builder is truly one of a kind, there are similar plugins but none can hold a candle to the interface, features, and extensibility that BB offers.

BB is true front-end editor to the point that it only operates on the front end and unlike another page builder what is built in the editor is truly what it will look like when you publish. This is due to the fact that BB generates the code as you build so there's no discrepancy between the editor and the actual page. The way that BB builds the code also means that in the unlikely event that the plugin breaks or you until the plugin, the pages will stay perfectly intact and not revert to a screen full of shortcodes.

What stands out for me is the incredible control you have over elements such as column width. Most plugins have fixed predefined column width such as (half | half) or (quarter | half | quarter) but with BB you can generate a two column row but you can also make the width of the column literally anything, be it 27% or 53.7% just by dragging the edge of the column. I also love the array of options available with every element that gets updated as you change them live.

There is so much more to talk about this plugin like ACF field connections, custom color presets, but I would recommend just going to their demo and start playing around with it! Screenshots of some of my favorite aspects below.

$ 99 per Year
  • Created for Developers
  • Immersive Interface
  • Powerful Extensions
  • Great Support

Available Elements
Fully Custom Column Widths
Page and Global Options

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