I get a ton of questions from friends and fellow bloggers about the things that I use here on my blog. Now, I’ve previously written about the plugins I’ve used here, but some people are still interested in everything else.
So I’ve decided to write out a quick list of everything that I use here and on my other two blogs.
Bluehost is rightfully the market leader in budget hosting. I’ve used them for all of my blogs and will continue to do so. The one-click WordPress install makes setting your site up a breeze (plus, you can use my 10-minute WordPress and Theme Installation tutorial). WordPress is the industry standard of blogging and one of the most powerful tools you can use in setting up your blog.
This is a no-brainer to me. Unfortunately, when I first started blogging, I used blogger and I absolutely hated it. I couldn’t set up the blog exactly how I wanted it to look and when I would publish a post, the formatting would look completly different than what was in the editing dashboard. Talk about frustrating. Now, I know there are many successful blogs out there that use blogger… it’s just not for me. The reason I went with blogger in the beginning was because I originally thought that WordPress was super hard to navigate and understand but I was dead wrong! WordPress is unbelievably easy to use, navigate, and I can set up everything the exact way I want. Go with WordPress.
I cannot say enough about all the great themes available from Creative Market. They have some of the best themes (in my opinion) available on the market. They are also very affordable and very user friendly. Can’t go wrong with that!
ThemeForest has served me well in the past. The first theme I ever bought for a blog was from ThemeForest and I loved it… until I found Creative Market. I’ve happily used ThemeForest many times and will continue to keep it as a valuable resource.
E-Mail Subscription Service:
MailChimp is now the industry standard in email delivery service. It has a great design, makes your emails look slick, and has great delivery rates. The best part? Their entry-level package is free! You can get all the bells and whistles of a great service without paying a dime. I started off using MailChimp a couple years back and got a bug up my ass not too long ago and decided to switch services. Horrible Idea. After a month with the other service, I switched back to Mailchimp and I will never switch again!
I can’t tell you how awesome this service is. I grew up buying Photoshop after is was generations old (it was the only way to get this software affordably, absent just stealing it). If you bought the entire creative suite outright, you’d drop a solid $2,500 and Photoshop alone was at least $1,000. Yeah… can’t afford that. The creative cloud service operates on a monthly membership and gives you the updated and best versions of all the adobe software. There are a ton of different package options to choose from. The entire Adobe Suite starts at $50 per month or you can just get the photography bundle, like I have, for just $10 per month. Seriously affordable now!
So, there you have it… my list of things that I use here on and for the blog (not including my photography equipment… stay tuned for that post).