Be Efficient

TOOLS & APPS
We Love to USE

We use a lot of tools, apps, plugins and services to keep our business (and our clients’ businesses) running efficiently. We put together a guide of recommended resources that may save you time, money and frustration as well.

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Notion

Your projects, wikis and docs, all side by side. At Keith Dream, we use Notion for Project/Task management, Standard Operating Procedures, Meeting Agendas, Team Training and more. Keith also creates Notion templates!

ThriveCart

Create high converting sales pages, carts, upsells & affiliate campaigns with ease. The built in Sales page, Funnel and Checkout page editor makes conversions easy. It also integrates with your favorite business apps such as ActiveCampaign, LearnDash and MailerLite.

* Many of these links are affiliate links, which means we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you sign up to for one of these services. Rest assured, we have used every tool listed here and recommend them based on our experience.

ThriveCart Learn+

Learn is an LMS (Learning Management System) that comes free with ThriveCart. Introduced in October 2021, this rivals Teachable and LearnDash for creating online courses. Ask me if Learn is right for your requirements.

Kinsta

WordPress managed hosting. We use Kinsta and recommend them especially for high performance, membership and learning websites. Support is amazing and it is easy for web developers/agencies to manage for the client. They are among the higher priced hosting services, but the time and effort saved with these pros is worth the investment.

FlyWheel

WordPress managed hosting. Our clients use FlyWheel for its easy to use setup and dashboard. Performance is great for most moderately sized websites and the server seems to run itself.

In our experience, if you require really heavy server resources such as busy memberships or eCommerce sites (online shops), we would recommend a mid to high tier hosting plan. We can help you choose the right hosting service for your needs. 

WPMUDEV

WordPress managed hosting. The majority of the sites we build and look after on care plans are hosted on our WPMUDEV servers. We use WPMUDEV for all types of websites from single page “portfolio” websites to bigger membership and online course websites. They offer plans for any website size and performance requirement and you can easily scale up or down as your needs change.

Support goes above and beyond to help with all of your website based needs and they are staffed with actual experienced engineers that can help with just about any issue you might run into.

All plans come with security built in at the core and their premium plugins cover the basic needs of the majority of websites. Developers, Designers and Agencies will find all their offerings very useful. The Hub is their version of a control panel and you manage all of your sites for a central location, including accessing tools and logs for troubleshooting.

WPMUDEV is the creator of the very popular WP Smush Pro image compression plugin, along with others such as HummingBird Pro (caching/speed), Defender Pro (security/malware scans), Forminator Pro (form builder) and SmartCrawl Pro (SEO).

Divi

Divi is a Premium WordPress Theme and Page Builder by Elegant Themes. Currently, all new websites built by Keith Dream are created exclusively with the versatile and powerful Divi theme. From the ability to to create custom menus and footers to modular layouts that are easy to style with little to no code designing a full website is fun and can be very efficient with Divi. There is a bit of a learning curve if you are new to page builders, but it is worth the investment. Your subscription also comes with support and access to the Bloom and Monarch premium plugins, which are designed to work well alongside the Divi theme.

Vimeo

Video hosting that protects your video content by allowing you to add your branding and specify which domains they can be embedded on. Great for creatives and course creators to offer their videos in high quality without lag time. Save space and resources on your server by uploading directly to Vimeo, then embedding on your website sales pages or course lessons.

There are no ads and when your video finishes playing, it won’t display other people’s videos like YouTube will.

 

Loom

A great tool for video based communication. Save time on emails and texting. Just make a video of yourself and/or your screen to show your team or clients what you’re talking about. You can even create transcripts and embed your Loom video in your website or favorite tools, like Notion!

Much like Vimeo, there are no ads after you video ends. You can, however, create call to action buttons to give the viewer a link to more of your content on the subject.

 

MailerLite

Email marketing simple and powerful. MailerLite helps you create professional and personalized campaigns on your own with powerful yet easy-to-use marketing tools.

Create mobile-responsive newsletters, landing pages and websites with intuitive drag & drop editors and ready-made templates—all without coding!
Grow your list and engage your audience using advanced features like pop-ups, automations, embedded surveys, and auto resend campaigns.

Similar to Mailchimp and ActiveCampaign, without all the hassle. At Keith Dream, we use MailerLite for our newsletter and email campaigns.

 

ActiveCampaign

Email marketing and CRM with a robust Customer Experience Automation.

Similar to Mailchimp and MailerLite, with tons of options.

 

ConvertBox

A great tool for video communication. Save time on emails and texting. Just make a video of yourself and/or your screen to show your team or clients what you’re talking about.

MailerSend

Alternative to sending emails from your website server or WP SMTP Mail plugin.

With MailerSend, you can send outbound emails from your website, any app, device or email client by using SMTP relay service. Avoid email deliverability issues with email providers and stay away from spam folders and blacklists.

Get started for FREE with 12,000 emails per month, then only pay for what you send. No contracts! The free plan includes the tools you need, including  24/7 customer support.