Any blogger will know just how much goes into the every day processes of running a blog. There’s the ideas, writing, photography, graphic design, editing, web development, social media, marketing, networking and sometimes even store-operations! So much to do! And so many non-bloggers think it’s easy…
I can only imagine how great it would have been to find a big resource list like this back when I started blogging. There are tonnes of incredible websites out there just sitting around waiting for you to utilise, to make the whole process of blogging, designing and creating so much more efficient. So here I have for you a wonderful big list of resources for bloggers!
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I’ll start with the most popular posts on Blog Pixie! So many people have found these fun to read or very useful, so I hope you do as well!
Hosting & Domains
GOOD FOR: Starting a WordPress site
Bluehost is the best hosting to go with if you’ve decided to start a self-hosted WordPress blog, website or online store. They’re affordable and it’s incredibly easy to start a blog on your very own domain and have it up and running in no time. When you buy hosting with Bluehost, you get to create your domain (yourblogname.com) for free at the same time so everything is sorted, and if you pay for 3 years up front you’ll get the best value for your money.
GOOD FOR: Buying domains (eg. www.yoursite.com)
If you have a blog on Blogger.com and you would like your own domain instead of a blogspot address, I recommend GoDaddy 100%. I’ve been using them for so long now, the domains are affordable and it’s really easy to set your domain up on your blog. Just google search ‘how to add godaddy domain to blogger’ and you’ll find easy instructions.
Graphics, Fonts & Design
GOOD FOR: Creating blog and socail media images
One of my absolute favorite image editing programs (and one I highly recommend!) is Canva Pro. I prefer paying for the Pro version of Canva as it means I can upload all the fonts I’ve purchased, plus use my own fonts! Canva takes the stress out of trying to learn Photoshop. If you want a program where you can create pinnable blog post graphics, social media graphics and anything else where images and text are combined, Canva is super easy to use. They have great templates to use if you’re stuck on where to begin.
GOOD FOR: Graphic design and editing photos
If you have the time and patience, Photoshop is so worth learning how to use! I always have it open on my computer and I use it for everything including my blog post graphics, logos, side bar graphics and photo editing. It is quite costly to subscribe to, however if you’re using it on a daily basis and you are creating graphics that contribute to the success of your blog, then it’s worth every dollar.
GOOD FOR: Fonts
If you’re just starting to play around with new fonts, this is a great site to download them for free. You can find lots of fonts that are free for personal use, meaning you can use them in projects that aren’t to be sold. There are also Demo fonts which enable you to download them for free, test them out and then if you want to use them in a personal or commercial project, you can purchase the font. Just check beside each font what it says in regards to how you can use it, or read through the little document that comes in each download folder.
GOOD FOR: Editing and creating graphics
I was so happy when I found this website, as it’s so similar to Photoshop! I know a lot of people can’t afford to purchase Photoshop or pay the subscription fee, so this is such a good alternative and it’s free to use. You can create a new document at any size you like, add text, add layers and lots more.
GOOD FOR: Scheduling social media posts
This social media scheduler is great if you want to be super organised with social media and if you’re trying to get your posts on both FB and Twitter seen at different time zones (you want as many people to see your posts as possible!). It’s a great platform to keep on top of it all in the one place. It also includes Instagram and Google plus so you can really take control of all your social media accounts here!
GOOD FOR: Copy and paste Emojis
Whenever I’m posting to Twitter or Facebook I love to use Emojis. They add a touch of personality and interest to whatever you have to say, and are just fun in general. This site has every possible emoji you can scroll through. If you’re at your computer and want to add something to a social media platform that doesn’t have the option to select an Emoji, you can simply copy and paste one in from this site.
GOOD FOR: Selling eBooks!
This is the platform I used to sell the Blog Pretty eBook and I really have only good things to say about it! It was easy to set up my product to sell, to grab the selling button URL for the button on my sales page, to track sales and to run my Affiliate program.
GOOD FOR: Running an online store
Etsy is one of the best platforms for selling both digital and physical products. There is a whole community of customers searching for new things to buy, whether tangible products like mugs or prints, or digital products.
GOOD FOR: Running a blog shop
WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that you install to your blog to run an online shop, if the theme you’ve installed allows you to do so. You add your products, choose your payment gateway and sell everything through your WordPress blog! It’s a great way to keep track of everything in the one place. If you plan to run a store on your website, always make sure you choose a theme which is ‘Woocommerce ready’.
GOOD FOR: Add a theme to your Blogger blog
I have a selection of feminine, minimalist themes for Blogger blogs. They all come with an easy-to-follow instruction manual, however if you need help, I will install it for you and create your header image for free 🙂
GOOD FOR: Change the look of your WordPress blog with a new theme
WordPress themes can be expensive! If you need an affordable, easy to use (yet still professional) blog theme for your self-hosted WordPress blog, check out my themes!
GOOD FOR: Feminine WordPress Themes
If you’re looking for stylish, feminine themes for your WordPress blog, this site has some beautiful ones. They give your blog the look of being a professional website rather than “just a blog”, so if you ever want to run a business along with your blog and need a shop, having one of these themes is perfect.
GOOD FOR: Sending large files
Don’t you hate it when you go to send a document or photo to someone via email and it tells you the file size is too large? With WeTransfer you can send files up to 2GB in size (20GB with the Plus plan) for free. I used this website like crazy during the creation of my eBook, as with all the graphics included it was a big file to send. My email provider just couldn’t do the job!
GOOD FOR: Making to-do lists
This app has become so helpful lately! I have it on both my computer and phone, and as I have an account it syncs my lists up to both. You can create categorised lists with points to check off, and as you check an item off the list it makes a cute “ding!” sound and disappears. I love to use this for blog post ideas, tasks and instagram post ideas.
GOOD FOR: Sending mailing list emails
This website is great for those who are just starting out with their blog mailing list. It’s super easy to create great looking emails. You can have lists for different groups of people and select who you want to send particular emails to. You can also track who opens the email, who unsubscribes and who clicks on the links inside your email.
GOOD FOR: Gaining mailing list subscribers
If you’ve ever been onto blogs that offer something for free if you sign up to their mailing list, they’re most likely using Convertkit. It’s not easy to collect email addresses, so offering an incentive for signing up and having it sent off immediately to every new subscriber is a great way to draw people in and so many bloggers are building email lists of thousands using this program.