In setting up this blog and running it, there are several resources I use. Here is a list with a brief description of my recommended blogging resources, together with reasons I I love and use them!
Please note that some of these resources I recommend include affiliate links. Should you purchase through my links, I will earn affiliate income, which cost you nothing extra.
Recommended blogging resources – hosting
Hosting and the registration of a domain name are the first essential tools any blogger needs. I have been using Namecheap since I started out and have had no issues with them. Like their name says, they are cheap, and I have found their support service quite good, and that is why I have not changed to a different host. Many people buy domains through NameCheap and then just transfer it to a different host.
Recommended blogging resources – WordPress themes
I used to use free themes until I discovered the Elise theme – a child theme for the Genesis framework theme. I love the Genesis themes; they are fast and attractive. Setting them up is easy and customising even easier.
Recommended blogging resources – Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate is a fantastic resource for any website you may want to start. It provides training on all aspects of having a blog or online business. Even with the free version, there are plenty on offer such as affiliate and other training. Wealthy Affiliate offer free hosting for up to 2 websites for free members and also a keyword tool for keyword research. For premium members, there are even more benefits. I love the discussion board/blogging functionality on the site as it is very active and support from other members are pretty amazing!
Recommended blogging resources – Email marketing
Since I have not been blogging for long, I am still using Mailerlite. I used to use MailChimp, but mailerlite is so much easier to set up in my opinion. I find it easy to use and set-up PLUS as long as your subscribers are less than 2000, your account remains free. It does not have all the fancy bells and whistles of many of the more advanced systems, but for beginners it is perfect!
This list is not a comprehensive list of all resources a new blogger can use but include basic ones just to get you going!