This page has my recommendations for seamless blogging experience. I have listed blogging resources that I am personally using to run my blog and those I believe in. I have used Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Wix, but the self hosted blog that I created on WordPress.org is my favorite. It is easy, and lot of updates have been made over the years. I can see why 24% of the blogs are hosted on WordPress.org.
Grammarly: Before I talk about others, you should know about Grammarly. Typos, and wrong grammar turns me off, and lot of others. This is why Grammarly is at the top of this page. Sign up, and enjoy error free writing.
Hosting & Domains
This blog is hosted with Bluehost. This is the best hosting service one can use if they want to start out in the world of serious blogging. This is the one I recommend the most. They also have 24/7 customer service.
I buy most of my domains on Godaddy. This is the biggest domain registrar in the world. They also help you park and sell domains, they provide website hosting service, and also website design service.
Dreamhost – This is another reliable hosting service for new bloggers, or bloggers who want to move to a self hosting service.
One.com – If you are looking for the cheapest hosting service, then this hosting service would help you set up a blog.
WP engine – This is a premium service. It makes sense if your blog is hosted here if it has a large traffic
Hostgator – This is not a pre historic animal, but a hosting service with which you can create your WordPress websites.
Websynthesis – Another premium service for high traffic blogs.
Libsyn – If you have a podcast, or want to start podcasting, this is the perfect place to start with.
The Rainmaker Platform – With them, you can create a responsive landing page. They have great content creation tools that help you drive traffic to your blog.
99designs – They provide logo design, website design, designing merchandise, book design, and many more. This can help you further your business.
Dropbox – Sign up, install, and store important files online. Why? Many travelers, digital nomads complain of computer crashing, and them losing everything they stored in their computer. So life is online. Because life is online now, it makes sense to have a Dropbox account.
Elma Studio – My favorite of all. If minimalism is your thing, you will love their themes. There are many blogs that are using their theme.The studio is run by a German duo now living in New Zealand.
StudioPress – One of the biggest marketplace for themes. The themes are secure, and nicely designed.
Theme Forest – This marketplace has thousands of themes.
Elegant Themes – This marketplace has elegant themes just like the name says.
MailChimp – This is the service I use on my blog. It is free for the first 2,000 subscribers, and 12,000 emails per month, which is a great deal. You will pay only if you cross 2,000 subscribers.
Aweber – When I started a Blogger.com blog seven years ago, I used Aweber for e-mail. It is easy to use. This is a paid service
Get Response – This is another service you can pay for managing emails.
SumoMe – This is also a paid e-mail management service.
Leadpages – You can create nice landing pages and subscription boxes to help your readers sign up.
Photo Backup & Editing
Adobe Lightroom – This is one of the best tool to make pictures, images. One of the premium service out there.
SmugMug – Adding pictures to your WordPress media library may slow down your website in a long run. This will help you upload pictures in your account and share it on your blog posts.
Canva – This tool is useful for creating visuals and graphics to share on social media, and on your websites.
Piktochart – This is an infographics creation tool. Be your own professional infographics creator with this account.
Social Media Manager
CoSchedule – This tool after signing up will help you create editorial calendar for your blog, and it also helps you scheduling your social media messages.
Adsense – Adsense is the most popular monetization platform. After signing up, you can display ads on your website. However, the downside is that when the ad is clicked, it takes your readers off of your website.
Amazon – And last but not the least, Amazon. You can promote your favorite products on your websites.