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Tools of the Trade

Tools and resources that all bloggers would find useful.

Tools

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!

Bluehost

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.

There’s a good reason why Elegant Themes package, including their Divi Theme is so popular – they offer some of the most powerful themes available on the internet all for $69.

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.

I have created a Divi tutorial / video walk-through that should check out. Otherwise their official site has all the information you need!

Traffic Tools

These plugins and services will help you optimize your website for more SEO, Social Media & More traffic in general.

All in One SEO

All in One SEO

This WordPress Plugin helps optimize your WordPress website for Search Engines.

Buffer App

Buffer

This service is the perfect tool for scheduling your social media posts with great ease. Find my tutorial here.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics

See detailed reports of your site’s traffic to optimize your site and content.  See my tutorial here.

Miscellanoues Tools

A few more handy tools that will keep your website secure & safe as well as connected to your audience.

iThemes Security

iThemes Security

Harden WordPress against hackers with this security Plugin.

Backup Buddy

Backup buddy

If anything ever happens to your website, hacked, crashed, whatever – keep your site backed up with Back up Buddy.

Wordfence

WordFence

A Security Plugin that can be run with iThemes Security to further harden your website from attack.

MailChimp

MailChimp

Start an Email Newsletter for Free!