TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Tools and resources that all bloggers would find useful.
Tools of the trade!
Make Blogging easier, faster and more effective.
The following ‘tools of the trade’ are plugins, themes and services I have personally used in the past and have become a staple in all of the websites I create.
Each and every tool here I swear by.
Some of these tools contain affiliate links, which I make a commission from upon purchase. This does not your purchase in any way and I only recommend them because of their effectiveness.
STARTING YOUR WEBSITE
The first tool I recommend is one you’ll need to start your website.
Starting a website – you’ll need a Domain Name and hosting.
You can get your own ‘.com’ domain name and host your website with a solid hosting company. For this I recommend using BlueHost
The reasons I recommend Bluehost:
• Plans start from $3.45 per month
• It has a simple one click installation for WordPress (here’s a tutorial!)
• Excellent Service and support
• I use it for this website!
I’ve worked with several hosting companies over the years and the most consistent and reliable I’ve ever used is Bluehost. For a few dollars extra a month you can host multiple websites on the one account!
from $3.45 per month
PICKING THE RIGHT DESIGN
The design or look of your website is determined heavily by your WordPress Theme. Below is my top recommendation outside of a Professional Web Designer.
Not only do you get 87 WordPress themes for that price, but you also gain access to the Divi Theme.
The Divi Theme is the most popular customizable WordPress theme in the world right now. It’s incredibly easy to create just about any look for your website very quickly.
These plugins and services will help you optimize your website for more SEO, Social Media & More traffic in general.
ALL IN ONE SEO
This WordPress Plugin helps optimize your WordPress website for Search Engines.
This is a premium SEO plugin for WordPress which gives you detailed reports on how to optimize your site for better SEO.
A few more handy tools that will keep your website secure & safe as well as connected to your audience.
Harden WordPress against hackers with this security Plugin.
If anything ever happens to your website, hacked, crashed, whatever – keep your site backed up with Back up Buddy.
A Security Plugin that can be run with iThemes Security to further harden your website from attack.
Start your email list for Free with MailChimp. It’s an awesome service that I use for all of my websites.