Recently I’ve started to use an ESP8266 based development board, WeMos D1R2. It’s nice and most importantly easy to get started with. That too with Arduino IDE. Sample programs are available everywhere on the internet and the projects using it are abundant. What the really problem was a the guides to the tools and web apps.
My public repository for IoT projects are here on Github.com
I’ve referred following tutorials to get starting with WeMos board. Some links are mutually exclusive (;-))
Mydevices.com is an IoT web dashboard app, easy to configure, supported by IoT protocols (MQTT, of course) and plug & play support for Arduino and other common platforms, features are endless. You need to experience it to know the actual power of it.