DIY Blogging Resources

Free DIY Blogging Resources

DIY blogging resources to help you build your own blog.

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DIY blogging resources, including worksheets, checklists, downloads and more to help you build your own blog.
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A collection of my go-to blogging tools and resources for hosting, themes, content, optimisation, design, productivity and more.

Blog-Building Tools & Resources

My go-to blogging tools and resources for hosting, themes, content, optimisation, design, productivity and more.

Hosting

Bluehost - Web Hosting ProviderBluehost.com – The hosting provider I use for DIY WordPress Tips, they’re recommended by WordPress, feature a one-click easy install for WordPress and often offer a free domain with your hosting package.

123-reg-get-your-custom-domain123-reg.co.uk – The Domain Registrar of choice for me – excellent support and reasonably priced provider to get your custom domain name.

Content

Co Schedule Blog Post Headline AnalyzerCoSchedule Headline Analyzer – Free and useful tool for refining your blog post titles. The Headline Analyzer rates your post titles against factors to increase social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value.

grammarlyGrammarly – Free basic account with premium features on upgrade. They have a great Chrome extension that checks grammar and spelling in-browser as you type. You can also copy and paste your content into the online tool. A MUST for professional copy.

yoast-seo-pluginYoast SEO Plugin – Their Free WordPress Plugin is one of the first Plugins I install on any of my websites. Useful, easy to understand, effective for optimising your post content for SEO.

Design / Images

ThemeForest Premium WordPress ThemeseThemeForest – Where I bought the Brixton theme you see on DIY WordPress Tips. Fantastic selection of reasonably priced, well-designed themes to reflect your blogging-style and personality.

Canva - Create beautiful image templatesCanva – Not only a useful tool for creating image templates for your blog posts, but also a great resource for free and reasonably priced stock images.

WP Smush - Image OptimisationWP Smush Plugin – A solution to one of the key sources of slow site speed: images. WP Smush reduces image file sizes, helps improve site performance and can boost your SEO.

TinyPNG - Image CompressionTinyPNG – For image compression without the need to install a plugin, use the TinyPNG PNG and JPEG compression tool reduce image file sizes. They also have a plugin!

creative-market-free-design-goodies-including-templates-fonts-themes-images-and-moreCreative Market – Weekly free design goodies including fonts, graphics, logos, themes and templates, plus even more from as little as $2 from the Creative Market shop!

Productivity

Asana - project managementAsana – Ever since I was introduced to this by Whitney Ryan (copywriter extraordinaire) in her Blog Planning Made Easy Challenge, I’ve been hooked. I use the Asana Project Management calendar monthly to plan my blog posts and related prep work.

Evernote - Plan Your Blog ContentEvernote – Great for drafting blog posts, create a notebook for each of your blog categories and keep track of post ideas, draft post outlines and more. You can even attach files to make a note of post images to upload to WordPress later!

Wunderlist - my favourite to-do list appWunderlist – The most useful To-Do app I have ever used. Simple, clean, syncs between web app, desktop and mobile app so you can keep track of upcoming tasks wherever you are. PLUS create shared lists to collaborate or delegate.

Buffer - social media schedulerBuffer – Social media scheduler extraordinaire! Use the free version of the app for up to 10 schedule posts per account, I use this for Twitter and Facebook. For more posts and other premium features, upgrade to a premium plan. Mobile app, web app and chrome extension available.

BoardBooster - pinterest scheduling toolBoardBooster – My new favourite Pinterest scheduling tool, perfect for setting up Pins for the week, scheduling pins to my own boards and group boards, and for specific campaigns. They’re offering a free trial for your first 100 pins and then offer various plans to suit your needs.

Email Lists

ConvertKitConvertKit – Grow your email list with opt-in forms, incentives, welcome sequences, landing page templates and more. All with little to no coding required! You’ll see one of their forms at the bottom of this very page:

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