There are so many things out there to make your life easier and more efficient, it can be confusing on where to even start. I put together a list of resources, including tools, services, and websites, I’ve used and recommend.
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Hosting & Website
- DreamHost – Web hosting & Email. I’ve been using DreamHost since 2015. For larger sites, I would recommend splitting up your web hosting and email so they aren’t hosted by the same place. This is usually fine for smaller projects, like this site.
- NameCheap – A great place to buy your domain names. I’ve been lucky and I’ve only had three web hosts since I started online in 2008. One good thing about having all your domain names together outside of your web host is that you won’t need to do much if you ever switch hosts. Instead of transferring every domain to the new host, you’ll just have a few nameserver records to update.
- WordPress – I love WordPress! It’s a content management system that allows you to create and customize websites to your heart’s content.
- Genesis Framework – Get your site up and running fast with high-quality themes. I have the Pro Plus Membership, which includes every theme StudioPress makes. I’ve started using these for most sites I do because I know it’s good code and there are a lot of people in the community.
- Grammarly – A Google Chrome extension that automatically checks your spelling and grammar as you type.
- Hemmingway App – They say, “It’s like a spellchecker, but for style.” Just copy and paste your writing into the editor and it will tell you a number of things about your writing. This list includes what grade level it’s written for, long or hard to understand sentences, use of adverbs and passive voice. You don’t have to take every suggestion, but it’s good to at least know what your writing looks like.
- Canva – Design images for social media platforms or your website.
- CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer – A handy tool to see how your title rates and what you can do to make it better.
- ExpressVPN – Allows you to encrypt your data so no one can see what you’re doing. If you are using this and are on many of the free Wi-Fi spots out there, people can see what you are sending across the Internet, including passwords.
- LastPass – An awesome password manager. We have passwords for everything nowadays. You don’t want to reuse them and risk someone getting into all of your accounts by getting just one of your passwords. With LastPass, you just have to remember one password and it does the rest of the work for you.
- HaveIBeenPwned – An easy way to find out if your email address was involved in a data compromise and to be notified if it is in the future.
- Trello – Trello allows you to create boards, lists, and cards to organize anything and everything. A simple drag-and-drop layout lets you move the cards and your workflow changes. I use Trello to manage my to-do list and will be using it for weekly checklists and my editorial calendar for The Aloha Friday.
- Evernote – Keep track of your ideas, notes, or videos. I’ve been writing my blog post ideas in Evernote. It’s easy to add ideas or information and then copy/paste into WordPress once I’m ready to start writing the post.
- Texpander – I use Ubuntu instead of Windows for my operating system. Textpander lets you type of a few words that expand into as much text as you want. I just create a new text file, add what I want the text to be, and that’s it. You just press a keyboard shortcut and a list pops up you can choose from. This has saved me a ton of time.