Take an inside look into some of the tools and resources used to power 55mm. We thought it would be helpful to those looking to build their own sites to see some of the products and services we use.

 

 

WordPress

 

If you haven’t already figured it out, we use WordPress to run our website. For anyone trying to setup their own websites, we highly recommend WordPress for its simplicity and ease of use.

55mm is currently using a slightly customized version of a premium theme called OuterEdge.

 

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MDD-Hosting

 

MDD Hosting

 

An awesome hosting service you probably never heard of. MDD Hosting is small, but the servers are incredibly fast and so is their support.

After jumping around with various hosts over the years, we finally settled on MDD Hosting and we couldn’t be happier!

 

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Plugins / Important WordPress Plugins

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Akismet

Helps you get rid of spam comments from you site. A must have plugin for anyone running a site on WordPress.

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Contact Form 7

Fantastic tool which allows you to create a custom Contact page. You can create and manage multiple contact forms using custom fields.

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Yoast SEO

Well known and a very reputable plugin that helps you optimize your website so it shows up higher on search result pages.

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MonsterInsights

Allows you to embed analytics right into your WordPress site and helps keep track of your traffic statistics right on your dashboard.

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Typekit for WordPress

This plugin is not really needed, but it’s helpful for embedding Typekit fonts without messing around with any code.

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WP Optimize

Post revisions, spam comments, and stuff in the trash increased the size of the database. Use this plugin to keep yourMySQL database file lean as possible.

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Limit Login Attempts

Helps protect against brute attacks. This plugin will limit the number of times a user can try to login to your site.

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Rename WP-Login

A plugin that lets you easily and safely change wp-login.php to anything you want. This will help reduce the amount of attacks on your website.

 

 

Web Tools / Building & Managing Websites

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G Suite

Offers all the popular Google services such as Gmail, calendar, docs, video conferences, and more. We primarily use it to host our email account and avoid all the spam emails.

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Google Analytics

A free tool that monitors your traffic sources, time spent on the site, popular content, and so much more. This information is incredibly valuable to growing your website.

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Google Webmasters

A great tool to help you rank better in Google search results. Google Webmasters helps diagnose a website to see if there are issues that needs to be resolved (duplicate pages, 404 pages, bad links, etc).

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Evernote

Simple but a necessary tool that’s used everyday to keep notes about ideas, projects, and anything else that pops into your heads. What makes it great is that it’s easily accessible from anywhere.

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Typekit Fonts

Think of Typekit as a font “rental” service. You can gain access to hundreds to premium fonts without paying the premium price as you would with a single font family.

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Dropbox

Absolutely the best tool for sharing and storing files! You can access the files from anywhere with an internet access and Dropbox offers a native application for all platforms.

 

 

 

Photography / Tools For Bettering Your Photos

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Lighroom

Must have tool for taking your photos a step further helping you craft the perfect photo.

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Photoshop

Another fantastic tool for processing some post edits. Photoshop is great for creating photo manipulations.

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VSCO Film

A collection of presets that produces beautiful results. VSCO offers a wide range of filters that can give your photos the classic look or something more modern.

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Unsplash

Beautiful collection of photos that are licensed under CC0, which means you can use the photos for almost any purpose.

Snapwire

Snapwire

Don’t search through thousands of photos. Snapwire lets you request the photo, allow photographers to make submissions, and lets you pick the one you want.

Moment-Lens

Moment Lens

An add-on lens for your iPhone that enhances the photo taking experience. It’s ideal for travelers and every day shooters. Check out some of the sample photos.

Snapsort

Snapsort

Fantastic tool that makes camera buying much easier. Snapsort directly does a head-to-head comparison and gives you a detailed breakdown.

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Photography Life

Want to enhance your knowledge on photography? Photography life provides tutorials, reviews, articles, and tips to photographers of all skill levels.

 

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500px

Similar to Flickr, but this photography community is dedicated for the intermidiate to advanced photographers.

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Exposure

Every photos has a story and Exposure provides the platform to tell those stories.

 

 

Equipment / For Taking Awesome Photos

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Nikon D7000
Started off using the Nikon D5000 when learning about photography but outgrew it quicker than expected. Since then Nikon D7000 has been the go to camera. It’s a great intermediate camera that takes amazing pictures.

 

Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G
Very handy all purpose lens. It’s great for capturing photos at a shallow depth and also capturing photos that are much further away.

Fujifilm X-T10
This is the secondary camera and it’s probably one of the best mirrorless cameras out there. It’s mostly used for landscape and outdoor photography.

 

XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0
For a kit lens, it takes incredibly sharp photos.

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