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Resources for Blogging

This page lists the tools and services I use in order to write, design and operate the blog. I hope you will find this list helpful, as these tools are for me. I enjoy them, and find them super useful.  Feel free to explore them, and use them too. Please note that some of the links have an affiliate code link. Which means that if you decide to use them too, I will be credited for it. Enjoy.

Elegant Themes

These are the providers of DIVI, which is, in my opinion, the best premium theme ever built. Super easy to use, and extremely versatile. Their support is super awesome too. As you can guess, this blog operates on the DIVI theme.

WordPress

Probably the best and most common blogging platform out there. If you ever wanted to control and handle your blog by yourself – WordPress should be your tool of choice.

SiteGround

These are the guys that host the site. They are great! I used to be on a different host that was horrible. I can’t even think of one bad thing to say about siteground. Support is great, up time is 100%, and the prices are great. Go for them.

Google Analytics

I use this tool in order to know what goes on the blog. Where are people coming from and what they like to read. It’s super important to know what are your users responding to, that way you can serve them with more relevant and interesting stories.

Google Apps

Docs, Sheets, Survey and more… if you don’t know these tools, I have no idea where you’ve been in the last years. Makes it possible to work on the same file, from different devices. One of the better services google created, including Gmail, which is the KING!

Dropbox

Another must have tool. A cloud service that lets you save your files and have them synced and backed up from all devices. This is also a great tool for working in teams.

Hemingway Editor

I used to write really long sentences that had no ending. I got over it with the use of Hemingway. This tool/service diagnose your writing and lets you know when you need to make your writing easier and clearer for reading.

Ginger

Back in the days when I started writing, my grammar was horrible. It is far from being perfect now, but it would have been much worse without the use of ginger. It is the perfect grammar checker tool out there. Together with Hemnigway, things are much more readable.

Notepad++

My code and script editor of choice. Free and very light in terms of system resources. Its like the basic notepad app, just with extra super useful features.

Yoast SEO

If you run a WordPress site and you care, ever the slightest, about SEO, this is a must have plugin. It analysis your pages and posts, and gives you great advice about how to improve them. The free version of the plugin is quite enough to any beginner.

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)

This is by far the most popular creative suite most designers use. I tried using other design tools, but I always ended up returning to the adobe ones. I’ve been using them for more than 20 years, so I guess they are doing something right.

MailChimp

A leading mail distribution service. By far, the most friendly and cool service I know. A lot of people use them, as they are easy to operate. The best thing is, you can collect and send emails with them for free, at the start. And later when you grow, you can grow and start using their paid service.

XMind

A brainstorming application. It allows you to create a mind map of your desired ideas. Easy to operate and the free version is quite enough for most of my needs.

Google AdSense

This is one of the most common way to implement ads on your site. A simple way to earn a few bucks from your blog. Don’t expect to get rich from it, unless you have massive amount of traffic running through your site.

Amazon

Amazon is where I purchase all of the books I read. It is THE GREATEST retail shop online. You can get much more than books on it, almost everything that exists. I love to use the .com one, although there are a lot of regional local stores online.

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