As a freelancer, designer, WordPress developer and blogger, here to disclose the personal tools and software i used from many years. Tools is important for everyone, it improve our work efficiency and once you master a tools or software, it’s difficult to find another alternative.
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For image optimization for website, WordPress recommend Smush and i personally feel smush also doing a good jobs. It resize all the image to the right fix to your image place hold and optimise and compress it, make your website load faster even you embed many images in your website. You can read how i Increase Website Speed using smush.
I use Yoast SEO for all of my WordPress website, it does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. Yoast SEO display a analysis on every page to make sure every page are well writing for search engine, it’s great for blog writer to optimize their blog post SEO.
The simply “Maintenance” plugins i use for all myself and my clients website. Maintenance is easy to use, all you have to do is 2 click “Install Maintenance” > “Start Maintenance”, it’s all set. You may wonder the maintenance page will look ugly but not. The maintenance page is simple and clean, if you want to make it look better, find a good free stock image from pexel and make it a little blur effect, you can also adding your CSS to make the look you like, in the end the whole maintenance page will look more professional.
Google docs is the biggest competitor of Microsoft Word, it provide easy to use interface, online and offline sync and more. More than that, you don’t need to download any software, just run it on your browser, very good for traveler. I personally use it to write my eBooks.
I think everybody knew Microsoft Word, and i use the most is when i was at University. Almost every course have to use it even my final year project i also use word to complete. Recently i use it for writing proposal or business purpose document.
My favorite personal tools Adobe Photoshop is the software that is used the most, because it’s really easy and good to use for me. If you want to create a new graphic or logo, Photoshop might not a good option. It’s good for modifying already created images, or use it to enhanced images or photos. For me as a web designer, i use it the most for fixing or combine images.
Adobe illustrator is the greatest software in designing logo or create shape in my opinion. You can increase the size graphic without losing quality, because AI uses mathematical constructs to create vector graphics unlike Photoshop using pixel format. Thus, the quality of using AI create printing graphics are preferable options.
Adobe After effect
For creating or editing video, I like using after effect. There are many video editing software out there, but many of them are too much restriction. Sometimes, I want to make some fancy effect, but I found that the effect can’t be done for them, even through After effect is more complicated in using, but it have powerful features for video editing is the reason why I still using.
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