Blogging Tools & Resources

Welcome to the Blog Fundas Resources Page, which contains a list of all the blogging tools and resources that I personally use and recommend.

Over a period of time, I have tested and used a lot of tools and resources.

Some were not so good, some were okay and some were absolutely amazing.

Thanks to ever evolving nature of technology, a lot of new features have been added to these existing tools and some good ones were replaced by newer and even better blogging tools and resources.

This page contains all the tools that can help you to grow your blog.

Note:  I NEVER recommend a product or service that I don’t personally use (and love) myself but just to be totally transparent you should know that some of the links on my site ARE affiliate links and I DO make a small commission from any sales that are made. Thanks for your support!

Hosting

I run a Web Design and Digital Marketing firm, and more often than not clients come to me when they have already purchased domain and hosting.

Because of this, I have worked with almost every major hosting provider and even some unknown ones.

Having tested these hosting companies by hosting small, medium and massive sites with lots of visitors and in every condition possible, I reached a conclusion.

NO HOSTING COMPANY IS PERFECT (For Every Use Case)

Yes, This is contrary to what other people might tell you but this is the truth.

There is no such perfect hosting company that I can recommend for everyone that will suit everyone\’s need.

But as a general thumb rule, if you are just starting out and need a good hosting company which offers good speed, security, customer support and that is also easy on pockets. I will recommend Siteground.

The next best option is Bluehost.

And if your blog already has a good amount of visitors, I recommend switching to WPX Hosting and investing in a CDN(Content Delivery Network) like Max CDN.

Email Service Provider

If you are a beginner, I recommend you to start by using Mail Chimp.

Mail Chimp is free up to 2000 Subscribers and 12000 E-mails.

It\’s a good way to get started with learning E-Mail Marketing without investing any money upfront.

But, if you are looking for the best E-mail Service Provider, I recommend you to use Convert Kit.

It\’s very easy to use and comes with a lot of extra features like re-sending Emails to people who have not opened their E-mails yet and option to  edit all emails in your sequence at once. This can save you a lot of time.

Themes

There are tons of themes with lots of features, and you are free to explore.

I am just listing top themes in my opinion after evaluating them on factors like Speed, Design, Ease to Use, Level of customization, Scalability, SEO Friendliness etc.

1. Divi Theme

Divi is the most beginner friendly theme available for WordPress.

It offers the ability to customize it completely using a simple to use and powerful Divi Editor.

It comes with a lot of pre-made templates which makes designing your site a breeze.

They offer a no questions asked money back guarantee for 30 days, so you don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t have to worry about not liking the theme.

Divi offers the most comprehensive package when you purchase their theme by offering access to all the themes made by Elegant Themes, which makes this deal a steal for newbies.

2.  Themes on Themeforest

Themeforest is home to thousands of cool themes and plugins that you might need for blogging.

I am personally using a theme from Themeforest for this blog.

The top 2 themes that I can recommend to any beginner are the Avada and Newspaper.

Avada is more beginner friendly than the Newspaper, but both of them offer a lot of features that are tough to find in any free theme.

Avada and X-Theme are both top rated and best-selling themes on Themeforest.

Note: Not every theme on Themeforest is good. Do check the ratings and reviews before making a purchase.

3. Genesis Framework

Genesis is one of the fastest themes available for WordPress.

But it\’s not really beginner friendly. If you are willing to invest in hiring a web designer then this could be the perfect theme for you.

Images

Images are the best ways to bring life to your blog posts and finding the right images that are copyright-free is very crucial for any blog.

Some of the free options which I personally use are Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash.

Some of the paid options are Big Stock Photo and Shutterstock.

I personally use Canva which is a free option for a lot of my editing.

I also use Tinypng.com and Optimizilla.com  for optimizing my images before uploading them on blog. Both the options are free and web-based.

File Storage and Management

I use Google Docs for writing all my blog posts.

I also use Dropbox which makes sharing any file or document really simple.

Both the options seamlessly integrate with any device you are using and this makes storing, managing and sharing files really easy.