Every blogger has their back-pocket, go-to resource list. The hosts we trust, themes we love, sites we frequent… all in the name of improving our blogs. Below, you can find mine. I’ll be sure to keep it updated as I learn and uncover new things. That’s the great bit about blogging. There’s always something new just around the corner!
Quick Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. All the items on this list are products I’ve used and loved. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!
BlueHost– BlueHost was my hosting company when I first started out. I recommend starting with BlueHost to blogging newbies because getting everything going with them was super easy and very affordable! Monthly rates are low and they allow you to register your domain name for free! There is a little to figure out initially, so if you’re feeling confused, check out my How to Start a Mom Blog post. If you still have questions, I’d be happy to answer them if you send me a message!
Siteground– Siteground is the webhost I just switched to in January 2017. I switched when my blog started getting a lot (and I mean, A LOT) more traffic (yaay for launching my first product!) and my site got a little bit slow. I did my research before I switched and ultimately picked Siteground because it was the perfect combo of affordable-quick response time-good customer support. To be honest, when I switched I thought to myself, “I should have just started with Siteground!” That’s not to say BlueHost wasn’t great. It was. But if you’re a blogger newbie and would prefer to go straight to Siteground, I can’t think of any reason that would hold you back. It’s similar to BlueHost in that it has a pretty easy set-up process as well!
Daisy WordPress Theme from Mojo Marketplace– This is the theme I’m currently running on my blog… and I love it. It’s simple, built comes with lots of built in, customizeable options so there isn’t as big of a need for plugins galore! Mojo Marketplace is great too because they always have great deals and discounts on their themes and plugins!
Angie Makes WordPress Themes– I am SO glad I found Angie Makes. I used to run the Lucy & Lane theme on my site and I absolutely loved it. It was so functional and easy to use, looks beautiful on all types of devices, allows for a ton of customization, and is set up to work with pretty much any plugins. For those of us lacking the knowledge to do ALL our coding, Angie Makes themes are awesome. I actually only transitioned when I changed my URL and there was a deal on the Daisy theme that was similar enough to Angie Makes that I decided to go for it!
Elegant Themes– These themes are more reasonably priced than a lot of others out there. I recommend an Elegant Themes membership to new bloggers still trying to figure out how to use WordPress and wanting to keep their design options open. When you purchase a membership with ET, you get access to 87 different themes to play with!
Sign Up for MailChimp – Mailchimp is an email marketing software that is great for bloggers. It enables you to send marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted campaigns. It also integrates beautifully with WordPress. The best part? There is a free version you can use if you want to check it out first. For all the bells and whistles, you’ll want to get a paid version, but to start off, the free version will help you learn the ropes!
Canon Rebel DSLR– More people will be drawn to your blog if your photos look professional. For this reason, it isn’t a bad idea to invest in a nice camera to take your own photos. This DSLR is the camera I use. You don’t need anything SUPER fancy, but this is a good starter option and really easy even for inexperienced photographers.
PIXABAY or PEXELS– We’d all love to have the time to take our own professional looking photos to accompany our blog posts all the time. I take my own 95% of the time, but occasionally, I need different or better images. These two sites are my go-tos for high-quality freebies!