My Very Best Recommended Blogging Resources
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Welcome to my very best of blogging resource page! Here is the list of my favorite WordPress theme, plugins, services, products and companies that I use for blogging.
Your Great Design, this blog, is my 3rd blog and I have other 2 blogs. I have been running blogs for 2 years and I have used several tools and services to figure out what is best for my blogs. So I introduce what I have tried and what I can trust only.
You will find great products and be able to focus on creating great articles without struggling to find these tools and services!
Blog Design Resources
One of the best WordPress theme market places
I chose a WordPress theme ONCE for this blog from Envato Market. Envato Market is known as one of the biggest WordPress theme market places that sell quality themes. WordPress theme purchased on Envato Market comes with 6-month-support, and we can check reviews and comments from others before purchase. Top-selling themes have tons of features like one-click demo importer, comprehensive documentation, premium plugins, and free updates(This is absolutely the most important thing)! You can start blogging faster than ever choosing a WordPress theme from Envato Market!
You will have unlimited access to photos, illustrations, stock videos, and WordPress themes!
When I need photos and illustrations for articles, I always go to Envato Elements first. Envato Elements provides unlimited use of design materials like WordPress themes, plugins, stock videos, video templates, sound effects, music for a fixed monthly fee starting from $16.50/month. Of course, you can use them for commercial use as well! If you need quality visuals and sounds for your creative project, Envato Elements will be one of your strong assets for sure.
One of the best digital design resource provider with tons of freebies
If I am looking for quality design resources like fonts, procreate brushes, mockups, textures, and patterns, Design Cuts is my go-to place. Design Cuts provides quality design resources at prices affordable for everyone. All items on Design Cuts come with an extended license(even freebies too!) and you will get professional support for your purchase. If you are a beginner of Design Cuts, let’s go the ever-expanding bundle, where you can download over 20 freebies!
30,000 shops deal with over 4M products
Creative Market is one of the largest digital resource marketplaces over the world. I like to download freebies from Free Goods of the Week every Monday. I believe Creative Market provides more trendy design materials than others. Some items come with free updates, so you will receive all future items for free! If you are working on Instagram or thinking about it, Creative Market is the best place to buy Instagram templates for both posts and stories.
NameCheap is my favorite domain service and this blog is running by a domain from NameCheap. Before NameCheap, I used Hostgator for blogging. I felt it difficult to use for some reason, so I searched and compared several ones and finally I decided to choose Namecheap. NameCheap is easy to use, and I like its user interface the best.
Graphic Design Tools
Cannot talk about graphic design without Adobe’s products
If you need graphic design tools only for blogging, you may not have to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud. However, you cannot live without it once you find it useful and get used to it. I mainly use Photoshop for clopping photos and designing blog covers, Lightroom for photo color correction, and Illustrator for logo design. Not only graphic apps but Adobe CC subscriber also has access to Adobe Portfolio(be able to have 5 beautiful portfolio websites) and Adobe Fonts(unlimited access to commercial use quality fonts) included all subscription plans.
Affordable but powerful graphic app
I use Affinity Designer when I design Pinterest pins and blog covers. Affinity is affordable(not a subscription!) and works much faster than Illustrator or Photoshop. I am very comfortable working with Affinity Designer and cannot forget the speed it renders! What more, you can use it whether on Windows, Mac or iPad. The only con of Affinity is that doesn’t support Japanese vertical composition, which won’t be a big problem as long as you don’t need to use it.
Useful graphic design tools for Social media
With Canva, you can design like Instagram animated posts and animated stories in a blink using a huge library of templates! I use Canva when I want to add gif anime to Instagram stories quickly. The most important thing about Canva is that you can use this amazing tool for free(need to pay extra if you want to use premium images)! Canva provides mobile apps so that you can design anytime anywhere!
Excellent writing tool that composes mistake-free writing
For a non-native English speaker, blog writing is always tough and challenging. Grammarly helps me with blogging, posting, messaging and much more! Without Grammarly, I am not sure that I could have started this blog. It corrects my words automatically and flawlessly whenever I write something. The good news is, you can start using Grammarly for free! Even free version, you will get quite a few corrections.
Smart scheduling app for Pinterest and Instagram
Tailwind is the smartest way to manage your presence across the visual web (Pinterest & Instagram). Tailwind is an official partner of both Pinterest and Instagram and offers a complete suite of marketing tools including Smart Scheduling, Analytics & Monitoring, Content Discovery, Promotion, and more. I use Tailwind every day to schedule Pinterest pins and analyze how they go. Thanks for Tailwind, my Pinterest account is getting monthly viewers more and more! Now Tailwind is one of the most important apps for my blogging.
One of the best social share plugin for Pinterest lovers
If you are working on Pinterest really hard, you cannot miss Grow(Social Pug). Grow is a plugin to help you grow your social media accounts. You can write Pinterest descriptions for almost every image on your blog and can set disable pinning or not. Grow has a great potential to boost your Pinterest account. Even free version, you can use Floating Sidebar and Inline Social Share Buttons.