Blogging Resources

Just like a seamstress needs thread and a painter needs a paintbrush, bloggers need certain tools to help them pursue their passion.

So, here is a list of the apps and services I use to make this blog both beautiful and functional.

My favorite blogging tools and resources.

All the resources listed here are ones that I personally use and am happy to recommend.

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Hosting And Domain Name:

Namecheap: Pixie Dust Dolls is proudly hosted by Namecheap! Besides being a top-notch domain registrar, Namecheap offers incredible budget-friendly hosting packages.  Their cheapest hosting package starts at $22.88 for the first year, then increases to $44.88 for subsequent years.

Along with being affordable, Namecheap also offers:

  • Free Hosting Migration.
  • Unmetered Bandwidth.
  • Free website builder.
  • cPanel.
  • 50 Positive SSL certificates for the first year.

Blogging Platform:

WordPress: In my opinion, when it comes to choosing a blogging platform, it’s WordPress all the way—and I mean, not

Here’s an ultra-quick break down of the benefits of WordPress:

  • Open source–WordPress is free from commercial limitations.  It’s your site to use however you please–so have fun with it!
  • 100% free to download, use, and modify.
  • Easy to learn and takes the work out of blogging.
  • SEO friendly.
  • Known for being a secure platform.
  • Highly customizable with hundreds of themes to choose from.

As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to WordPress.

All you need is a domain name and hosting to get started.  I recommend picking a company that offers 1-click WordPress installation to make setting up your site even easier.

Blogging Tools:

  • Canva: Canva is graphic design software that is free to use. All you need is an email address to sign up.  You can create blog graphics, Facebook covers, Pinterest graphics, e-book covers, and more.
  • Creative Market: Creative Market is a digital marketplace filled with graphics, fonts, and templates.  It’s a goldmine for beautiful backgrounds, vector images, and blog themes.
  • Photoshop Elements: If you post a lot of images on your site, chances are you’re going to need a photo editing tool. I use Photoshop Elements—a simplified version of Photoshop—to create and touch up the pictures you see here. The best part about Photoshop Elements is that it’s a single purchase. No subscription required!
  • Grammarly:  Grammarly is a grammar and punctuation checker and another great tool for busy writers.  They offer both a paid and free plan. I use the free version.
  • Evernote:  Evernote is the digital note-taking app I use to jot down blog post and story ideas.  You can use the Basic Plan for free or upgrade to one of their Premium plans. I use the Basic Plan as I don’t need all the features the paid plans offer.
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I will be adding to this list as this blog grows and I come across more tools, so be sure to check back because you never know when something that will help you might pop up!