Tools + Resources
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Domains + Hosting
Great for domains + hosting with excellent support. For bloggers who are ready to invest a bit more I recommend the Startup package or GrowBig package. Both have awesome features and built specifically for WordPress.
Hosting + domains. An Irish company that I was with them for 5 years and never had a problem, great customer service and quick to respond to downtime. The Minimus Plan is great for small bloggers starting out.
Lyrical Host specialise in web hosting for bloggers. They pride themselves on transparent pricing, offering premium managed hosting without price tag. Hosting plans include SSL certificates, email addresses, automatic daily backups and one-to-one support and are designed for WordPress. I’ve heard a lot of great reviews! Use discount code XOMISSE for 10% off your first hosting plan payment.
UK managed web hosting. They offer free migrations, 24/7 support and boast that their servers have 99.99% uptime with excellent reviews.
Hosting that is very popular with many bloggers due to low prices and ease of use, but it does experience occasional downtime and support can be hit and miss. It also has mixed reviews as discussed in my Hosting 101 post. If you do choose to go with them, check out the Blogger/WP Standard WordPress package which is specifically put together for WordPress users or the Plus Shared package if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.
Domain registration that is rather popular with many bloggers starting out due to cheap prices, but they do experience downtime and I wouldn’t advice them for hosting. In my experience though, they do have good customer service/support.
Domain registration that is fairly popular with bloggers, with low prices and a helpful support team.
Managed WordPress Hosting that has become really popular recently with great support and customer service. Select a plan that best suits your site and they take care of everything like backups, updates and migrations. (Update, June 25th 2019, Flywheel has been acquired by WP Engine)
Another popular and affordable domain and hosting provider.
Death to the Stock Photo
Free stock photos each month or pay a monthly fee for full library and bonus photos.
10 new stock photos every 10 days for free.
Frame Product Shots
Add your screenshot to a product scene.
SC Stock Shop
Gorgeous styled product scenes/styled stock photos, sends some free win newsletter. Some of my product images were purchased here.
5 new photos daily for free.
Free stock photos in all categories.
Styled Stock Society
Styled stock images for female entrepreneurs with free images each month.
Product scenes / styled stock photos.
Free stock images added weekly.
7 new stock photos every thursday for free.
Startup Stock Photos
Free stock photos – mostly desk / tech themed.
Free stock photos with premium option.
Kate Max Stock
Gorgeous styled photography/product scenes, sends some free in newsletter. Some of my images were purchased here.
Rekita Nicole Styled Stock
Colourful stock photos for bloggers and creatives, sends some free in newsletter.
7 free stock images every week.
Free stock photos for bloggers and custom style brand photography services.
Search stock images across various sites, which are free for personal and commercial use.
Vintage photos from public archive.
Public Domain Archive
Free stock images weekend.
The Pattern Library
Free patterns by designers.
Free stock images.
Find stock images, vectors and illustrations.
Find stock images.
Find stock images.
Find stock images.
Find stock images.
Stock photos, illustration and fonts.
Stock images, vectors, footage and audio.
Graphics, Icons + Fonts
Fonts, graphics, templates, jewellery, craft, wedding, art, etc
Discounted collection of designs including fonts, graphics, patterns, etc from top designers. Also have an amazing team that are so helpful!
You Work For Them
Vectors, graphics, fonts, images, PSD brushes and actions, etc
Widely supported collection of non-standard fonts for use on the web. Installation tutorial here.
Learning to Code (HTML + CSS, Design, etc)
Learn web design, coding, business, java, etc. from professionals. Get 3 Months Off the Basic Annual Plan ($75 Value) for a limited time.
Learn HTML / CSS and layouts.
PHP the right way
Great framework for WordPress with lots of benefits, features + plugins.
Akismet + FV Antispam
My favourite team for tackling spam comments.
Essential Security Tips
Tips for preventing your site being hacked.
Gravity Forms Contact Form
Advanced contact form allowing conditional logic (fields appearing on specific selection) and third party integration (like PayPal and Mailchimp). Check out my contact form for an example!
Need help running your WordPress site? WPCurve and AccessWP offer a number of support and maintenance plans as well as one off service if you need something fixed or changed on your site.
5 basic plugins
Some simple but must have plugins.
Choose from 13 CSS3 effects and generate code.
Turn lines into a HTML list
px to em
See pixels, ems, percent and points conversions
Details of OS, Browser, Resolution, etc
Information on what providers websites are built with (server, host, domain, CMS, etc)
xiconeditor for favicon
Create a favicon
Checklist for user experience and usability.
Web Development Checklist
Checklist for development stage.
Test WordPress theme or plugin.
Track user activity
Clean and subtle background patterns.
Tells you details of any font online
How to create Photoshop Design Files that will make your developer happy to open.
Full webpage screenshots to save on your computer or send to Pinterest
Automatic affiliate/referral links for blog posts
Stress Less & Impress
Amazing course teaching you how how to set up a system in your freelance business that makes everything run much smoother and helps you communicate with clients. There’s also a free Freelance Process Cheat Sheet available here that you can check out. I’ve implemented these tips and have noticed a huge difference in workflow and client feedback.
An eBook with 50 tips to make your blog beautiful.
MailChimp, Aweber, Freshmail and Mad Mimi.
Great tools for email marketing + newsletter management. Customise your opt in box, add it to your site, start growing your email list and easily put together and send newsletters.
A CRM for Gmail to schedule and organise emails within your inbox. Allows you to manage clients, sales, customers, collabs, etc., schedule emails for later and keep up to date with everything.
Pause new emails from coming in to catch up on existing ones
Schedule emails to be sent at a set time (tomorrow morning, next week) or a specific time of your choice. Archive emails until a certain date so they reappear when needed. You can also set reminders if you haven’t heard back within a timeframe.
Simple task management / to-do lists via email for teams.
Organisation + Management
WordPress Editorial Calendar
Schedule posts and see what’s planned to be published in a calendar view. Really great for getting an overview of upoming posts so you can schedule social media updates.
Great tool for freelancers to send and manage invoices, clients and projects (get one month free when you use my link!)
Small Business Bodyguard
A worthwhile investment for every blogger, designer and anyone doing any kind of business online. Must read! It explains so many areas about how to protect yourself and your content online, working with brands and clients, starting a business and selling online, contracts, etc. I refer back to it weekly. They’re also expanding the Legal Nunchucks range which is directed at specific expertise (for Photograpers, for Coaches, for Designers, etc.)
Check contract fairness
Research contracts + sign documents online
Blocks ads in your browser
Modern contact form / questionnaire
Split testing tool, test two possibilities to see which one produces best results.
Great password manager for securely saving passwords online.
Readable Analytics and Stats for your blog.
Measure your SEO, competition and stats, with a simple and usable interface.
Easy to use site showing world times
Day One App
Down For Everyone or Just For Me
Check if your blog or any site is down completely or just not working for you.