Text about the resources that I use
Flywheel hosting is the WordPress host that I recommend for blog hosting. It’s a managed WordPress host, which means that they take additional steps to handle security, backups, and technical issues. They also handle WordPress updates automatically, and they watch out for issues like unsafe plugins. My favorite feature is called staging, which allows you to make changes to your site before they go live. Although managed WordPress hosting does cost more, most pro bloggers use it.
Bluehost Hosting is another option for hosting that works well for beginners. It has mixed reviews online, but it is still a popular hosting site and it’s recommended by WordPress. It’s a less expensive option for hosting when you’re starting out. Plus, they also have a managed WordPress hosting option.
17th Avenue is a WordPress theme design company. They make feminine, beautifully designed, and highly functional WordPress themes. I am currently using the Charlotte theme by 17th Avenue Designs. There are so many beautiful themes out there that it can be hard to choose one. But, I would definitely recommend 17th Avenue Designs.
Station Seven is a wonderful resource for blog themes and design templates. I found them when I was looking for Squarespace themes. I ended up purchasing design templates, themes, and their course Crafted to Convert! I learned how to blog on Squarespace so I can help my readers do so also. They make WordPress themes, too.
You can check out Station Seven by clicking here.
ConvertKit is the email marketing system I use. I’ve tried a few different ones off and on, but I finally settled on ConvertKit because it is make specifically for bloggers and infopreneurs, although it can be used by all types of businesses and brands. I plan to utilize the automation services and the ability to create email courses and give away opt-in freebies.
Haute Stock is my absolute favorite source for styled stock photos. They release new photos every week and the aesthetic of the photos matches my brand very well. This service is membership-based, and I renew my membership annually. It puts my mind at ease and I no longer have to scour the internet for pictures I can use legally.
Planoly is an awesome tool that you can use to pre-plan your posts and stories for Instagram. If you’ve ever wondered how people develop such beautiful feeds, this is how! They use tools like Planoly to create posts and captions ahead of time. I like Planoly best because it has a beautiful and easy to use interface and they are continually adding features. I’ve also experienced great customer service.
Tailwind is well known and used among popular bloggers, but it’s still a well-kept secret among everyone else. It’s a tool that helps you schedule and post your pins to Instagram automatically. It’s a very powerful tool for growing your blog traffic. I’m fairly new to Tailwind and I have invested in a course that’s helping me learn how to use it better. If you are looking for a way to utilize the power of Pinterest, I recommend Tailwind.
Creative Market is an amazing source for all types of graphics, fonts, and templates. I absolutely love Creative Market and I have discovered so many awesome designers on the site. Plus, they give away free goodies every week.
Canva pro is a design tool that helps bloggers and creatives make blog and Pinterest graphics, PDFs, lots of different designs. I pay for an annual subscription to Canva Pro, but there is also a free version available. If you are frustrated with making your own graphics, or if you want an alternative to Adobe’s design suits, check out Canva.