DRAG these LINKS to your bookmark bar – to NOT click them directly.
Email Link When you’re ON a page that you want to share with someone via email, just click the link IN YOUR BOOKMARKS BAR, and a new email tab will open, with the page name and link.
ReviewMeta When you’re ON an Amazon product you want to buy, just click this link IN YOUR BOOKMARKS BAR, to get REAL ratings and reviews of that product, where fake data has been REMOVED.
Buy on Amazon When you’re ON an Amazon product you want to buy, just click this link in your bookmarks bar to give me credit for the sale.
Google Domains My favorite domain hosting - I trust Google for many other things, so why not domains? Plus, their DNS is REALLY fast, their UI is clean and simple, AND you can easily share domain control with trusted users.
Backblaze If you don't have Backblaze backing up your data... don't call me. It's a MUST have, MUST pay for tool.
LastPass This is, without a doubt, THE most important application for people to have on their computer AND mobile devices! Too many people use the same passwords everywhere - they need to use this to generate secure passwords, and not have to worry about remembering them.
Dropbox 2Gb of free cloud storage. Having this installed (and setup properly) on your phone, it will auto-sync photos, so you get the original, full-resolution version of the images. Plus, if you lose your phone, your photos are already backed up.
Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows If you do much digital photography, YOU WANT THIS. Resize your images quickly and easily to any size by just right-clicking and choosing “Resize”.
KeePass Password Safe While I use LastPass *every* day, I'm anal... I also use KeePass to keep another local, encrypted password safe. Enter one password, have access to a personal database of all your other passwords and info.
Revo Uninstaller Uninstalls programs and all the leftover junk like old registry entries that programs tend to install.
Windows Live Essentials Microsoft's "Photo Gallery" application is STILL a fantastic tool. I wish they'd update it!
Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder A MUST HAVE tool on your thumb drive if you work on people's computers. This stand-alone .exe will pull the Microsoft Windows or Office license keys (and what versions they are) into a text file so that you can reformat the machine then reinstall the software with the same licenses!
Notepad++ Compare Plugin Use Notepad++ to compare two files, rather than installing Beyond Compare, or another dedicated tool.
Rename wp-login Don't want hackers to even TRY to get to your WordPress site? Install this and set a weird/custom/unique login URL (instead of /wp-admin).
Child Theme Configurator Easiest way to create Child themes, so that you can make tweaks/changes to a theme, and not lose them when the main theme auto-updates.
Easy Updates Manager Most web hosts don't auto-update WordPress. THIS is a GREAT plugin that lets you control if WordPress Core, Plugins, Themes, and other gets auto-updated or not.
IEWP Simple Google Analytics A very simple plugin that adds the Google Analytics tracking code to your site(s) - UNLIKE other GA plugins that also use/track your user traffic for their own purposes.
Link Library The original WordPress software had 'favorite links' / "blogroll" - but NOTHING like this... This is POWERFUL if you use it well! *THIS list is created using Link Library!*
OG (Open Graph) Open Graph is a common framework that many sites use for sharing links, to get meta data about the post. This plugin has worked well for me over the years. No configuration, it just works.
Shortcodes Ultimate SO many great shortcodes... I even bought the paid version so I could create my own shortcodes.
The SEO Framework A great plugin that helps you with SEO for each post, and your site. Lots of options, but simple enough to use.
URL Shortener by MyThemeShop GREAT short URL / redirector tool to simplify links when sharing on social, or when you just want to easily track clicks.
Wordfence Security Firewall Another *MUST HAVE* It will watch for cross-site scripting attempts, "DDOS" attacks and more. NO WordPress site should run without this!
Yahoo Domains / Yahoo Small Business / MelbourneIT This/these are one of THE WORST domain and webhosting services and control panels on the planet! PLUS, it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find when you login to your account. NEVER use them. Get OFF of their services. And if you can't find their links, they are: https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/ and https://www.melbourneit.com.au/
Android App Referrer Great tool for sharing apps installed on your Android with other Android users. Just open ‘App Referrer’, select the app to share, and it generates a QR that the other user can scan with their phone.
Droidlight LED Flashlight A flashlight app on a mobile device should NOT require permissions to see your contact list OR have “full internet access” – that’s why THIS is THE app to use for turning on your light – only hardware access!
Google Music Manager This app will upload up to 20,000 songs to your Google cloud so you can play YOUR music from your work computer (or any computer) OR stream to your phone! (Install Google Play Music)