If you’re interested in starting your own blog, this page covers the design blog tools I recommend most to get you up and going.
The following are tools I use daily or quite frequently. But first, I’d like to mention that some of the links below are affiliate links. If you were to make a purchase, I might earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please know that I’m recommending these resources because I think they are reliable and useful, not because of the small commissions I might make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
For more detailed instruction on creating your own blog, I’ve written these posts:
Design Blog Tools I Use Most
When you are ready to self-host your website, part of that process involves buying a domain.
Namecheap is great for buying and renewing domains. They also offer more extensions that you can imagine: .com, .co, .store, .life, .club, .net and so on. So after you’ve settled on a blog name, head on over to Namecheap to see if your desired domain is available.
Another aspect of starting your blog or design website is to host it through a web hosting company.
Siteground is a valuable option and offers many benefits to signing up, including free SSL, free web transfer, daily backups, fast load times, and a strong support team. They offer three hosting plans starting as low as $3.95 USD per month.
I used to waste so much time searching for the “perfect” theme. A couple years ago I completed a writing assignment and discovered Divi in the process. The cost set me back a little, but over time I decided it was worth it, and I purchased the theme to test it out for a year.
I’ve since used Divi for all of my websites, and I have no regrets. It’s a block-building theme and will require some getting used to, but in the long run, you may save time and frustration by choosing this theme.
Adobe Creative Cloud
My life would not be what it is today had I not begun to learn how to use software in the Adobe Creative Suite.
BoardBooster is a Pinterest scheduling tool that pins and repins to your personal and group boards in a less intrusive manner.
You simply create secret boards as the source of your pins and BoardBooster pins them at the assigned times throughout the day. This way, you won’t flood your feed or any group feeds. Pins will be distributed over time, not all at once.
If you administer group boards, you can monitor contributor activity through this tool as well.
Your first 100 pins are free.
Tailwind is a Pinterest and Instagram scheduler that’s been approved as an official partner for each platform.
They have really thorough analytics that help you understand more about your account – what gets pinned, repined, and what’s popular through your domain (if you’ve created your business account). You can post when your audience is most engaged, but the feature I love the most is their scheduling button.
Once you download the Tailwind app and add it to your search bar, you can hover over any image on any website, and you’ll see the scheduling button on the bottom left. Simply click the button and add the graphic to your scheduling queue. They offer a free trial to let test it out.
Posts about Creating Your Own Blog
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You're headed in the right direction! You've set up your website, activated plugins, and now it's time to create the five core pages needed BEFORE you create your home page and blog. Website needs vary. And some designers choose not to blog. But regardless of what...read more
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