Wondering what I use to run my website / power my blog, and make it look easy? Have I got some links for you! And yes, some of them are affiliate links, because I don’t promote what I don’t believe in.
I use everything below on a daily basis. Of course there are other options, these are just the ones I’ve chosen to help make my life easier. And do they ever. 😀
Essential Tools for Blogging and Online Business
WordPress.org – where my website lives. There are so many options when it comes to building a website, so many decisions to make. WordPress may not be the home you’re looking for, but it’s a pretty good option.
If you’re just getting started, still figuring things out, read my Beginner’s Guide to Website Building.
SiteGround – the web hosting service I was lucky enough to find when I was getting started. They’ve been perfect – lightning-fast customer support, easy to understand set-up, and a focus on security.
Still not sure? Read about why SiteGround rules my universe in this article: How Did I Become a Person Who Writes About Web Hosting??? Help. Me.
StudioPress – where I go to buy themes for my WordPress site. I know, I know, there are thousands of themes out there, including free ones. I chose StudioPress not just for design, but because of the security, mobile responsiveness, and SEO foundation it provides.
ConvertKit – my email service provider. Or, how I easily send my newsletter to tens of people each week. ConvertKit was built for bloggers, is pretty easy to figure out (with tutorials), not too expensive, and has great customer support.
Canva – how I create Pinterest images without losing my mind. Canva is a free, online graphic design tool perfect for those of us with zero-to-very-little design skills. I create all of my graphics here, for blog posts, social media, whatever. It. Is. Awesome.
Pixabay – where I go to find copyright free images. They have a huge selection, and I can look things up directly (sunsets), by mood (stressed), by category (music), and so on. You’ll still have to search for that perfect image, but Pixabay gives you a ton of options, all in one place.
Social Warfare – what I use to add social sharing buttons to my blog. The free stuff sucked, and I was tired of messing with it. Social Warfare is fast, looks beautiful, has amazing custom features (like click-to-tweet and floating buttons), and is fully supported. That means when you have a problem, there’s someone available to help.