It’s time to start blogging! 🙂 But first, we need some tools to make our lives easier. I generally prefer minimalistic / Zen approach, so my list of blogging tools is small, but efficient, let’s see:
WordPress is a free content management system (CMS) and definitely the most popular tool and platform for blogging. Can be hosted on WordPress.com or your custom domain, available in more than 50 languages, many themes, both free and premium, dozens of add-ons, easy to customize, mobile friendly, intuitive and fast editor, social sharing, in-depth stats, search engine optimized, spam prevention.. It’s a no brainer if you are serious about blogging.
WP Engine is a WordPress specific hosting provider providing stunning speed, powerful security and amazing customer service. WordPress hosted on WP Engine benefits from a enterprise-grade architecture that’s scalable and really fast. They have proprietary caching system called EverCache which is one of the most scalable WordPress caching mechanisms available today. WP Engine also offers a content delivery network (CDN) which stores your site’s static content locally in servers all over the world, and then serves content to your visitors from the servers closest to them. I opted out for personal plan with CDN included which costs around $50 monthly. You can see how they are different and plans they offer.
Cedar is responsive WordPress theme I am using on this blog. It offers 8 different post formats, simple shortcodes, blazing performance, 12 custom widgets, over 700 Google fonts, many customization options, syntax highlighting (really important if you are developer) and it’s SEO optimized. Nice, simple, modern and content focused look. It’s a premium theme for ~ $50.
Jetpack is a powerful plugin that enables all the power and flexibility for your WordPress. Site stats & analytics, automatic social network sharing, related posts, protection from brute force attacks, automatic plugin updates, site backups, etc. Must have for your WordPress blog!
Yoast SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin. It has a snippet editor and real-time page analysis functionality that helps us optimize pages content, images titles, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps and loads of optimization options.
I am using JetPack options so readers can subscribe via email to my blog, but MailChimp service is something that I am going to use. MailChimp is the world’s leading email marketing platform. Their features and integrations allow you to send marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted campaigns. And their detailed reports help you keep improving over time.
I always prefer using my own images, but sometimes you need something specific and that’s where Unsplash comes into the game. It’s a website offering free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. You can search, filter and get new images delivered to your email.
Needles to comment! 🙂
That’s it! Small, but powerful set of tools to start blogging adventure. I am sure I will add some more tools overtime, like keywords researching, social media tools, etc, but for the beginning this is good to go!