This is a simple list, that’s always “in progress” of basic tools I use for almost every project.

As a rule, for each and every site I work on, a child theme is created to handle most of the styling requirements.


  • Visual Studio Code (vscode)
    • Open Source,
    • Free,
    • Cross Platform – Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
    • Huge Community
    • Superb Plugin Repository
  • Notepad++


Must have plugins:

  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • SVG Support
  • No Category Base
  • Duplicate Post
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • Media from FTP

Helpful plugins

  • Custom Body Class

Specialised plugins

  • wp-scss


  • Astra
  • Generate Press
  • WPOcean
  • Divi
  • Extra

Viusual Builders

  • Elementor Pro
  • Divi

Local Development Server

  • Laragon
  • Local by Flywheel