by Adam Preiser updated July 28, 2019

Everything I Use On My Website – My Page Builder, Theme, Social Media Icons, LMS System


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One of the most asked questions I get is “What are you using on your website?” or “How did you do that on your website?” So in this post, I list out everything that I am currently using.

Over time though, I will add and take away various tools, but I will try to keep this post updated.

Astra Theme

Astra is a free WordPress theme that is focused on speed. Optionally you can purchase the Pro version for $59 which adds some additional settings and options.

Key Astra Theme Features:

  • Not The Fastes Theme, But It's No Slouch
  • Lots Of Free Demo Sites
  • Flexable Mega Menu Feature
  • Custom Layouts Options
  • WooCommerce Support
  • LearnDash Support

Astra Theme is a fair choice for any WordPress web design project. I suppose the biggest question is if you even need to purchase a theme these days as page builders are doing all of the same things you would need a theme for. For example, Elementor has the free Hello theme that lets your page builder do all the work.

There are still some good reasons to purchase a pro theme, but for most people, they most likely will be fine with a free theme.

For me though, I think Astra Theme has not kept up with current trends and I no longer recommend it.

There are much better modern themes available that offer inbuilt header and footer builders vs being restricted to 3 layouts, plus more flexible page and post layouts.

Check Out Astra Theme


Cloudways in a managed cloud server service where you choose the cloud provider and Cloudways connects their platform to it which makes it incredibly easy to manage. You pay a small monthly premium vs going direct in exchange for the management platform and support when you need it.

Key Cloudways Features:

  • Choose From 5 Cloud Hosting Services
  • Insanely Fast Servers
  • Easy To Use Control Panel
  • 24/7 Support & Live Chat
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • One Click Staging For WordPress
  • Free WordPress Caching Plugin

I really like what Cloudways is doing. Sure you can go directly to the various cloud hosting providers, but for the modest premium you pay, you get the Cloudways control panel and more importantly, support.

But in my personal experience support was not fast, or that interested in helping me.

Check Out Cloudways


Elementor is a WordPress page builder that has taken WordPress web design by storm. It has the deepest feature set, yet is very easy to use and master. Elementor is the most full-featured free page builder. There is also a Pro add-on to add additional developer features.

Key Elementor Features:

  • Live Front End Page Editor
  • Website Personalication Features
  • Template & Block Library
  • Extensive Mobile Responsive Options
  • Most Powerful Popup Builder
  • PRO Create Custom Headers / Footers
  • PRO Create Post Type Layouts

Elementor is the strongest page builder currently available. They consistently release new features that are in line with current design trends. This means you will be able to keep your website relevant.

Elementor Pro is an incredible value considering all the additional modules and power features that it includes.

If I were starting a new website project today, Elementor would be the page builder that I would choose. I consider it a must have WordPress page builder that is a pleasure to use.

Check Out Elementor

LearnDash Website


LearnDash is the leading learning management system for WordPress. It allows you to facilitate selling and managing online courses on a self-hosted platform that you own & control.

Key LearnDash Features:

  • *Exclusive* Modern Learner Experience With Focus Mode
  • Easy To Use Course Builder
  • Drip-Feed Course Lessons
  • Sell One-off Courses And Subscriptions
  • *Exclusive* Video Progression Feature
  • *Exclusive* Lessons Can Be Reused In Other Courses

LearnDash has a lot of things going for it. They say the cream rises to the top, well LearnDash has clearly become the market leader for WordPress Learning Management Systems.

When you pair LearnDash with the Astra Theme, you can have a beautiful online course website with very minimal effort.

I expect to see LearnDash continue to add innovative features to stay one step ahead of competing products.

Check Out LearnDash


CartFlows is a sales funnel builder for WordPress. It allows you to quickly and easily build sales funnels using your page builder of choice.

Key CartFlows Features:

  • Professionally Designed Templates
  • 5 Location Order Bumps
  • One Click Upsells
  • Use Your Prefered Page Builder
  • Extendable Unlike Click Funnels
  • Countdown Timers & Split Testing

If you want a sales funnel builder for WordPress and are fine with hosting yourself, or using managed WordPress hosting, then CartFlows if a great option because it's super easy to use yet very powerful.

Check Out CartFlows


WPFusion allows you to connect your WordPress website to your CRM or marketing automation platform to secure content, dynamically discount, add website personalization, and more automatically via tags.

Key WPFusion Features:

  • Many CRM Integrations Available
  • Integrates With Most WordPress Plugins
  • Membership Security
  • Website Personalization
  • Deep Integration With Elementor
  • Too Many Pros To List
Check Out WPFusion

Video Transcript

Everything I Use On My WordPress Website – My Page Builder, Theme, Social Media Icons, LMS System

I get asked all the time how I did this on
my website or how I did that on my website

and I’m going to try to answer as many of
those in this video so if you been to my website

and you want to know how I did something I’m
going to answer it right now hi my name is

Adam from where I make WordPress
videos for non-techies and this is my websites

and I actually kind of made a lot of this
from scratch the layout and everything is

just stuff that’s floating around in my head
but my website is constantly in this changing

evolution to things so if you look at my website
snapshot every month for the last say two

or three years it probably will look a little
different every single time so I want to try

to answer these questions and tell you some
of things that I’m running on my website so

one of things I get asked a lot is I’ve got
this sign in button right here when you click

on it this is really beautiful elegant pop
up so someone can sign into my website and

this makes it easy because I have a learning
management system so it’s really easy for

them to login but really I think white people
like it is because it looks pretty darn cool

and I can actually change a lot of the colors
on here and I can make it however I want I

just left it at this unfortunately you can’t
buy a plug in for this is actually part of

my theme this is the theme that I’m using
right now it’s called newspaper and it’s available

on the theme Forest I’ve links everything
down below and it’s going alive me to do what

I was actually on sell right now it’s only
39 bucks it’s normally I think 59 but it’s

on sale right now that’s actually really good
price but normally 59 bucks and this gives

me lots of features to my website that there
just might not even be plug-ins available

to do so that is one of them right there is
this really slick sign then another thing

that’s cool is there’s the search button here
but as you type it’s gonna start showing suggestions

so if I type the word back up there it is
I just entered in the word backup and it’s

already showing me some suggestions and it
does that as well I I really like that feature

another thing that this does is it allows
me to have these really nice video playlists

so if you look at this new video series how
to create an online course website when you

click on its I would have to posit okay there
you go I posit it allows me to make this really

nice looking video playlist were here’s the
video playing and I can scroll down here and

I can easily add a bunch of videos and it
always shows the title here of the one that’s

playing and it’s very nice and allows me to
customize these colors this unfortunately

as well is a feature specific to this theme
is actually very easy to create a playlist

like this and I really like the way that it
looks it’s one of my favorite things about

this theme honestly is really this video playlist
of course the click to lot login is really

nice as well and it allows you all these different
header layouts where I can have this navigation

in different locations and there’s also a
bunch of footer layouts and it also does this

style that you see here there’s 10 different
styles it’s an okay theme I really like it

and it does come bundled with visual composer
which is optional and I don’t have that part

installed and I don’t use that part on my
websites and so okay so the next thing that

I get asked all the time is how I do this
a scrolling text bit right here well that

is actually very easy this is a feature that
comes in a plug and I have installed called

ultimate add-ons for Beaver Builder so all
the pages on this website I built using Beaver

Builder and there’s this add-on package called
ultimate add-ons for Beaver Builder and allows

me to do things like this and this specifically
is called fancy text and so I can have this

life typing option if I wanted I didn’t want
that here’s another example of that without

the blinking thing and then here’s the one
that I have for this just rotates and you

can put as many as you want in there and you
can set the speed you can do all kinds of

cool things like that and I think you can
also change the color of what scrolls but

what’s nice about ultimate add-ons is when
I click on modules there’s module after module

after module there’s all these awesome modules
and features that it adds for the one low

price now I do talk a lot about Elementor
I love Elementor and so people that see my

Elementor videos might save why aren’t you
using Elementor you talk about all this all

the time and the answer simple I also talk
about Beaver Builder all the time it’s just

Elementor is newer when I built my website
and really got in the nitty-gritty of building

it Elementor wasn’t even around so I doesn’t
really make any sense for me to switch from

Beaver Builder to Elementor unless I was really
doing everything on the website which I don’t

plan to do I do have websites using Elementor
I do love it I do use it is just on this site

I am using Beaver Builder because it’s what
I have always used and so that is how I am

doing this scrolling text and I also use the
ultimate add-ons for Beaver Builder and Beaver

Builder to also make my recommended pager
put a lot of effort into this recommended

page right here where I have all the different
products that I’m personally using and I made

this design layout myself and that’s the beauty
of one of these page builder plug-ins you

can literally see anything on the Internet
and build it yourself which I think is tremendously

powerful and I really love Beaver Builder
and Elementor for that power another thing

you can see here is that sticky menu you see
that that’s pretty cool ha just like that

I actually made a video on how to do this
you can make anything sticky like that I like

it because I can just make it so my visitors
that they want to see WordPress themes they

can click on that if they want to see this
they can click on that and they can scroll

right back up to the top and I just did that
very easily with this free plug and I do have

a video on that I think it’s called the sticky
something or whatever and you can make anything

stick but I actually have a video on how to
use it now the next thing I get asked a lot

when you go to my homepage is how on earth
did I get these social buttons like this and

this is actually a really easy one this is
a plug-in called social warfare now the problem

with choosing a social button whatever for
your website is there’s a lot of options out

there and unfortunately what ends up happening
is these are high maintenance plug-ins and

what that means is if someone’s going to come
out with a social media button plug-in they’re

going to have to be on top of it because the
social networks are always changing things

and the connections get broken and there’s
all these little things that happen and so

the reason I use this one is because it’s
a paid plug and its relatives like 30 bucks

or something like that but if you can start
paying attention to all the very popular bloggers

Internet personalities and you keep going
to these websites your written notice they’re

all using this same plug-in called the social
warfare I’ll have a link down below to this

let’s actually take a quick look at the price
what I like about it is that it gives you

a lot of design control what I like for instance
right now it it’ll stick the buttons to the

bottom I kinda like that a lot and there’s
different ways that you can style these buttons

it’s just a really nice package it’s right
here it’s only 29 bucks to have this on your

website now nothing run out and buy this for
29 bucks I am saying it’s the social media

buttons that I personally use and I really
like it there’s other social media button

options out there there some free ones in
the WordPress repository but what I notice

is these plug-ins they come and then they
go so if you’re gonna get one of these free

ones in your to put it in there and might
be gone any year outdated it doesn’t work

anymore Juergen have to switch anyway and
that’s probably actually what happened was

social warfare it’s really a situation where
they just built a better mousetrap there were

plenty of really popular ones I think one
was Cloudflare everyone had flair on their

website and now no one has flair on the website
because they don’t even develop it anymore

they just stopped I don’t know the full story
behind it but social warfare is pretty awesome

in that is what a lot of people are going
to now the next thing is on the some of these

let me go back to this page right here and
I’ll posit I generate pop-ups now I don’t

abuse pop-ups I don’t show you pop-ups when
you come to my site leave my side or go to

specific pages on my site only pop-ups I’m
really using I’m right under Lou utilizing

pop ups so when you come to here in I have
a download for downloading some resources

and you click on this button I generate this
really beautiful light box pop up with this

contact form now what I’m using for this is
thriving leads I’ve always been a fan of Thrive

leads I’ve always recommended Thrive leads
it is I only scratch the surface on what this

thing can do I should actually do a full video
training on it if you are thinking of adding

pop-ups to maybe could generate leads or to
capture people’s email information or to deliver

some freebie that you’re emailing to let you
know right now don’t look any further Thrive

leads is the only game in town it really is
there are other ones but they pale in comparison

nothing is even ever come close to what Thrive
leads can do for you so it’s even used on

John Lee Dumas’s website he’s a very well-known
podcast are very successful the of the the

feature set that you get is just completely
comprehensive and completely amazing all the

different often elements you can you can create
with this is just outstanding what you can

do with Thrive leads nothing nothing even
comes close inside so I’m generating these

various pop-ups that you might see on any
of my websites that you might visit others

another thing that you’re actually knocking
to see on my site right now it’s only appearing

sometimes and I’m sure you might’ve been to
my website and you see a notice here on the

bottom maybe I might be having a promotion
on something or I’m discounting a price whatever

and you’ll see it slide up and there’s a countdown
timer well I use the probably the most amazing

plug-in for it no one’s even tried to make
anything to compete is called Thrive ultimatum

and it allows you to have these scarcity offers
when people come to your website and let me

see if it shows you any kind a demo of its
oh yes you can create these different offers

you can have it slide from the bottom the
top you can integrate in your content there’s

lots of different ways that you can use this
this is probably the most powerful plug-in

of its kind there’s some things I don’t like
about it but it’s totally worth living with

it because of the power that it brings to
your website is just outstanding if you sell

anything on your website or market anything
or have any kind of products or or anything

like that you really need to take a look at
this plug-in and see how you can integrate

it into your business and on your website
it’s pretty fantastic so you know that is

pretty much everything everything that you
see that I didn’t explain like this grid it’s

all done with ultimate add-ons for Beaver
Builder with Beaver Builder so if I didn’t

explain in this video it was definitely Beaver
Builder you know to facilitate all these courses

I use LifterLMS and I have my whole video
series on LifterLMS you know the live chat

right now I’m using talk to T a WK.T0 it’s
a free live chat application and I think that

about does it that covers everything and I’m
using on my website I would go ahead and put

the links down below and if you noticed I
do prefer to use things that you have to pay

for in the reason why am not saying you have
to everything you use you actually bought

what I’m saying is I prefer commercial software
where I know it’s good to be supported updated

if there’s a problem I got someone to go to
complain to versus if I used everything that

was free or if I made a video on all these
free alternatives if something broke I’m going

to be losing out big time because I don’t
have dedicated support someone I can go to

and say hey rattle their cage hey I need help
that’s why everything I use I paid for I paid

for my theme I paid for my page builder every
single thing I listed I pretty much paid for

but it’s money well spent to support these
developers and also to have reliable stuff

on my website that’s going to make me look
professional God forbid if you came to my

website and something was broken it would
look really weird reflect really badly on

me and that’s something that I never want
to soak anyways I have links to everything

below if you have more specific questions
that I didn’t answer in this video I am thrilled

to answer them for you I go ahead and leave
those down in the comment section down below

and if you think there’s any suggestions that
you have for me of things that I can add to

my website to make it better go ahead and
add that down below I’d love to hear your

thoughts and opinions hey thanks for watching
this video

My passion is making the best quality video tutorial online, for non-techies. When I am not behind the camera, I am usually helping out one of my YouTube subscribers.

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