We are asked a lot about which tools we use/prefer when building WordPress sites or with Bricks in particular, so if you find it useful… here’s the list of the main tools being used to currently power this site (and also to deliver the available product + support).
Context: At time of writing we have 1000+ active users (based worldwide), regularly returning to login, read docs, watch videos, create support tickets, download files & connect to us from numerous sites for licence activation/validations.
This is the current tool ‘stack’ that makes that possible;
GridPane – WordPress hosting solution that allows us to easily manage cloud servers, optimised for WP. Handles all the caching, daily backups, firewalls and a lot of the security etc.
Vultr – High performance cloud servers, this site is on one of their High Frequency plans. (This is all being managed through GridPane).
Bricks – Site builder / theme. Used due to being so fast/lightweight, outputting very clean HTML markup and being so customisable.
BricksExtras – Our own Bricks-addon for adding accessible components to Bricks sites. We’re using to add some interactive elements such as the back to top, dynamic lightbox, interactive cursor and the slide menu & burger trigger for our mobile menu.
Advanced Custom Fields Pro – Custom field plugin. Being used just to keep things more organised for us when updating content in places around the site.
CPT UI (free) – Plugin to manage new custom post types in WP. The docs, the videos and the changelog are all just custom post types being output by Bricks’ query loop.
Utopia (free) – Simple, tiny CSS framework just to handle all the fluid typography and common spacing with their CSS variables. Utopia handles the size/spacing, Bricks is handing the color pallete (there are only three colors).
Easy Digital Downloads + various EDD addons – Popular WP plugin for selling downloads. It’s being used to handle the sales, delivery of our plugin, restricting content and all the licence management. Fairly frictionless one-click-to-checkout process for new customers.
Customer Support / Communication
Fluent Forms Pro – Form plugin that are used for our contact forms and feature request forms. Output and styled using with BricksExtras’ Fluent Form element.
Fluent Support – Support ticketing system that allows for managing support tickets from inside the WordPress dashboard. We use this for our customer support portal. Intuitive layout on the front end, making it easy for new users to know how to use at first glance.
Rank Math (free) – SEO plugin. We’re just using the free version for the basics. No Pro features required for this type of site.
Cloudflare – DNS & using certain performance features such as Rocket Loader, Brotli compression.
BunnyCDN – Content delivery network to ensure all the site assets are delivered to the browser as fast as possible. We have routing zones in Europe, Asia, Oceania & North America. Automatically optimising all images & delivers WebP format where supported.
Flying Pages (free) – Lightweight plugin that just adds a script to preload pages JUST before the user finishes clicking on a link. That extra 100ms head start, on a site that is already quite fast, can make the site feel almost instant to browse between pages.
That’s it. Hope you found it useful.