Here is a collection of my favorite products & services related to blogging & maintaining a site.
I’ll update periodically as my favs & recommendations change. 🙂
Namecheap – a tried & true favorite. Domains are about $13USD/year. I’ve bought way more domains over the years than I’d ever need, as have many others I know. I wonder why this is…maybe because buying them makes you feel like you’re staking out territory? Buying “land?” Staking a claim? No idea, but #thestruggleisreal. 😉
Starter Web Hosting
When you’re starting your site, I recommend the following companies:
All you need are the basic, least-expensive shared hosting plans; these are mine and my clients’ favorites over the years. They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and they have great customer service.
As your site grows, you might outgrow a shared hosting environment (where you are “sharing” space on a server with thousands of other sites) and need to upgrade to more robust solution that can handle heavier traffic (including moving to VPS (virtual private server) and the ultimate, a private server). But I always say that when your site traffic causes you to need to upgrade hosting, that that is a good problem to have. 🙂
While you can purchase an SSL certificate at any hosting company, many hosts offer free SSL with their plans, so I recommend going that route when you’re starting out. The companies I listed above offer free SSL.
If you need to purchase a SSL certificate, go with Namecheap, as you can get a starter-level SSL for $9USD/year.
Hundreds of free, gorgeous photographs are available on Unsplash.com. All free, all the time.
For fast creation of blog images, go with Canva. It’s free & very easy to use to put together graphics on the fly.
For more detailed graphics work, you can’t beat Photoshop.
I’ll add to this list as time goes by.