Today I wanted to share with you all my favorite blogging resources! Over the past 5 years of blogging, I’ve redesigned, upgraded and improved my site as I learned of more of these resources! So, no matter what level of blogging you’re at, here are some blogging resources for your to learn about and consider in your blogging journey!
I’ll be adding to this list as I think of more or learn of more, so don’t forget to pin this post and check back periodically to see more new information!
- Bluehost – Bluehost offers great pricing for URL’s and they have this handy tool – so you can check whether your URL is available right here, right now!
- GoDaddy – Godaddy also has great pricing for URL’s! Their website is super easy to search too! I also love that they are always offering coupons for discounts on URL’s.
- Bluehost – Great solution for starters, because it’s affordability and customer service cannot be beat! Super nice to be able to buy a url and get hosting at the same place, too!
- GoDaddy – We love go daddy for their affordability, their ease of use and the ability to keep all your products (domains, hosting, ssl certificates, etc.) in one place. The wordpress specific hosting is nice for beginners and it has options to help you keep your software and plugins up to date automatically and will help you with automatic backups of your website.
- Lunarpages – Another great solution for starters, because it’s affordable. You can upgrade to a faster dedicated server as your blog/website grows if needed.
- Dropbox – Dropbox is the perfect place to organize all your blog files and be able to access them from anywhere! This is a tool I use for my personal files too!
- Google Drive – Google Drive will be one of your BFF’s as a blogger! I create forms, shared documents, and more in google drive! I especially loving using this when I’m collaborating with other bloggers on projects!
- Google Keep – The perfect places to jot down ideas, to-do lists, social media schedules, etc! I prefer using this tool for more short term lists vs long detailed notes and information.
- Evernote – one of my favorite apps, I keep everything I need to remember in Evernote; To-do’s, automobile maintenance schedules, server information, project plans, favorite quotes, etc. Plus it is available on many platforms, so I can sync it from my phone, to my computer, and to my iPad.
- Skitch – works great with evernote. Perfect for annotating your screenshots and using in your blogging projects.
- Adobe Creative Cloud – A MUST HAVE for any creative person and highly recommended even for the average blogger. I know it seems expensive but there are options – Adobe now has what is called Adobe Creative Cloud which allows you to use the whole Master Collection (usually $2500 to buy) for $29.99 per month if you are a previously registered user or $49.99 per month if you are a new user. Totally worth it! You can even just pay for Photoshop for only $
Must Have WordPress Plugins
- Google Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog. What does that mean? This plugin will report all your websites pages to Google and other search engines, so that they can include you in searches!!
- Yoast SEO – WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines. There are a lot of SEO plugins, but I like this plugins backend interface the best!
- Widgetkit – The next generation toolkit for WordPress to enrich your website experience. This plugin will help your site look more organized and make your readers experience much more pleasant!
- ThemeForest – This site literally has 1000’s of options at a great price!
- StudioPress– one of my most popular WordPress frameworks is called Genesis! If that’s the framework you are going to use, then this is the place to go to find your theme! They specialize in themes for the Genesis framework!
- Woothemes – A great library of designs, especially if you are using WooCommerce.
- Yootheme – My favorite themes to use! They make it very easy to customize widgets and visibility of widgets on different pages/posts. However, there aren’t as many choices.
- W3Schools – Learn some basic HTML and CSS! I still to this day use w3schools.com, it is a great resource for learning various types of programming languages.
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