I often get asked what tools, plugins, and themes I use and recommend. Below is a list of the various products and services I use on WordPress blogging projects. Some of these may be affiliate links but I would recommend them anyway even without a commission. You can read my affiliate discloser for more details.
If I need a theme the first one we look at is Astra. It’s lightweight so it won’t slow down your website with bloated code. It works well with Elementor page builder and it’s very flexible. There is a free version in the WordPress repository but the Pro plugin that goes with it expands your design possibilities.
I use ManageWP to backup all my sites as well as my client sites. For a small monthly fee (about $3 a month) they will back up your site nightly. In the event you need to use a backup it only takes about 2 clicks in their interface and your site is restored. They offer other services too like security scans and dead link checking. It’s owned by GoDaddy so you know it’s well supported. It’s great piece of mind to know that your sites are backed up nightly.