Resources

An ever growing list of useful apps and services.

There are so many business tools on the internet it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve put together this list of useful resources and tools.

Most of them are free, or at least have a free tier.

These are not affiliate links, I don’t get paid if you start paying for any of these tools.

Great Apps and Tools

  • Noise Timer: Pomodoro timer with a noise shield. Made here at Focalise, built with React.js
  • Trello (Can be used for project management, event planning and lots of other things.
  • Alfred : A must have mac app, installed on all our Macs and gets used all day every day.
  • Wunderlist : The current king of to-do lists.
  • Slack : An amazingly useful team communication tool.
  • Airtable : A step up from excel spreadsheets, and an excellent organisational tool.
  • Crontabs : automatically open a tab in Chrome at a set time every day. Play your favourite song every day at 5:59pm using YouTube for example.
  • Manic Time : A time tracker for Windows with lots of features to help you stay on top of what you’re spending your time on during your work day.
  • Tomato.es : Free pomodoro timer and tracker.
  • Byword : Write in Markdown and export HTML. Available for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
  • Gemini : a great tool to find duplicate files, which is often useful when you are trying to free up some disk space. Affiliate link  
  • Notational Velocity
    • NVAlt (Taking Notational Velocity even further)
  • WinDirStat : Running out of disk space? This is the app for you if you’re on Windows. It gives you a visual representation what files and folders are taking up all your precious disk space. The only problem with this app is that the name is nearly impossible to remember and you won’t be able to find it.
    • If you’re on a Mac, have a look at Disk Inventory X. WinDirStat is a better program over all, it must be said.

Browser Extensions

  • uBlock OriginChrome add-on, also available for Firefox – A lightweight ad blocker, highly recommended to make the web a safer and more beautiful place.
  • Privacy BadgerBrowser add-on – Stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking your activity on the web and then selling that information while cackling.

Search Engine Optimisation Tools

  • Google Webmaster Tools (keywords, search performance and plenty more)
  • Keywordtool.io This thing scrapes Google’s autocomplete service and finds a ton of keywords.
  • SEOQuake Sometimes its fun to have at look at your competitor’s SEO stats.

Email Marketing

  • Mailchimp Send bulk emails to your customers, set up automated marketing campaigns, and much more. Great templates and they thankfully handle all of the hassle of getting email styling working correctly across devices.
  • EmailOctopus : Bulk email at a lower price point than Mailchimp.

Design Tools

  • Brand Colors (Collection of colour schemes of major brands)
  • Modularscale (A handy tool to find font sizes that work together well)
  • Flat UI Colors (Nice collection of colours and their HEX codes)

Domains Registrars and tools

  • Namecheap (Straightforward domain registrar, but they don’t register .ie domains)

Free Stock Photos

Webmaster Tools

Online Learning

Books

WordPress Resources

Forums we host

If you’d like to create a forum, and want someone to handle the technical side, send a message to hello@focalise.ie

  • Greystones Forum
    • Not exactly busy at the moment but do leave a message if you’d like to help get it off the ground.
Did we leave something great out? Send any suggestions to donncha@focalise.ie Thanks!