Here are some great resources that I use (or have used)…but, as with anything, we all are different, so make your own choices as always 🙂
Please be aware that these tools (mostly free) and resources are listed here as a great source of information and I do not actually sell any of these products but will get a commission if you buy a product from some links.
If you are getting started online, it’s real easy to go gung ho and spend a lot of money on all the software, etc…so much “stuff” out there! My advice (and I wish I had done this earlier) is to only buy what you need right now…it is always tempting to buy stuff for the future, but usually it is better to wait until you really need it.
The Most Important WordPress Resources!
Free Open source software. (The best!)
Over 17,000 free plugins in the WordPress Plugin directory.
Over 1,400 WordPress free themes to choose from. ( I like using the default WP themes, but there’s many more, just do a little research before using, as some of the free themes aren’t supported well. )
Elegant Themes – Good deal for website themes. Lots of themes for one price.
Themeforest – lots of nice themes, but have to be careful as some aren’t supported after awhile.
There are some free plugins, and other solutions, but I like this the best.
Royalty Free Images
Unsplash – cool site with unique free images, great for slider or full-width images
Pixabay – another site where you can find some nice images
Iconfinder – this is where I get icons, some free, some $1 or so
Paid (sometimes this is your only option)
Pixlr – this has a nice free option (not desktop option, scroll down home page a little and click on Pixlr Editor)
Helpful Add-ons for Firefox (some also have Chrome options)
Helpful add-ons for Firefox (some have Chrome extensions)
(just search for add-ons under Tools in top browser menu in Firefox)
Firefox is a free web browser that is used by many webmasters because it has great addons that help with research and SEO. There’s a list of some addons I use in this post.
Seoquake allows user to obtain and investigate many important SEO parameters of the internet project under study on the fly.
Social Media Websites
There’s more, but these are the main ones (along with YouTube of course)
Social Media Tools
If This Then That — Lots of cool “recipes” that you can use, or make your own. Good for giving sites a boost if you post updates about your blog to other sites, and this can put it in auto pilot.
Feeder Sites / Link Wheels
You can use these with IFTTT
Keyword Research Tools
Resources List (some affiliate links)
Hostgator – Not the cheapest but great support and no problems for me in over 7 years!
NameCheap.com – Who I use for domains.
Mailchimp – Free to use until you get too big.
Aweber – I think these guys have one month trial. A lot of people use this service.