Want to spend weeks googling the best tool, testing it out, only to move on to the next best thing in a month?
We’ve collected the best resources for every area of your blog + business so you don’t have to!
At Coded Creative, we know that finding the right tool or app can take weeks if not months. Trust us, we spent lots of time trying to find the best of the best as we were building our own blogs and businesses.
Because we believe in helping you create more time and profits in your blog + business so you can get back to what matters most, we’ve done all of the hard work of finding the industry leading tech, tools, and more so that you can skip all of that time wasted and get back to doing what you love with those you love!
Please note: some of the links below are affiliate links, and we will make a commission if you purchase.
WHAT WE USE
LeadPages – LeadPages has been our go-to tool for growing our own personal email lists. We’ve used it for everything from creating landing pages, offering content upgrades, hosting webinars and probably more.
Blue Yeti Microphone – This is the microphone that both of us use for things like the training videos our customers receive, webinars, and more. It’s one of the best microphones out there and creates an amazing clear sound, which is perfect for when you’re presenting anything to your audience.
MailChimp – If you’re just starting your blog and are also starting an email list, MailChimp is one of the best starter email marketing platforms out there. The free plan allows you room to grow to 2,000 subscribers before you start paying.
Siteground – This is the hosting that we currently use for this site and, we recommend them to anyone just starting with the self-hosted WordPress platform.
Flywheel – They offer a free site migration, manage all updates to WordPress itself, and backup your site once per day.
STARTING A BLOG
PicMonkey and Canva – Both do everything from resizing and adding text to photos. If you want to create something as robust as a PDF downloadable for your audience, head on over to Canva specifically.
Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign – The best tools for creating anything digital for your blog. Pssst: If you’re a student, Adobe has a great discount you can take advantage of!
Hemingway – This is a must-use for all new bloggers and even seasoned bloggers looking to better their writing skills.
Grammarly – This will check for grammatical and spelling errors in what you write.
CoSchedule – All-in-one scheduler for blog posts and most social media platforms straight from your WordPress dashboard.
Click to Tweet – Allows you to create pre-written tweets so your audience can easily and quickly share your content.
SmarterQueue - Total package social media scheduler that loops your posts
Tailwind – A Pinterest scheduler
Buffer – Total package social media scheduler that we both love
Planoly – Instagram scheduling tool that allows you to see your feed as you schedule posts.
Dubsado - Our go-to for managing clients
Google Apps – The best place to host your email address without having to worry about it going down with your site
Namecheap – Our favorite place to keep track of all of our domain names
17Hats – Managing projects with clients
ConvertKit – The email marketing platform we both use for our own individual brands
HelloSign – A quick + easy way to get your contracts signed without a lot of back and forth
Ninja Forms – The easiest way to build and add forms to your WordPress site
Moo – Best place to get business cards as well as postcards printed; very high quality and totally worth the extra investment
Jetpack – Analytics that are simple to read
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights – More in-depth analytics
Yoast SEO – Quick and easy way to enhance your SEO
SumoMe – Allows you to easily add social share + follow buttons on your site
Akismet – Protection from comment and trackback spam
Wordfence Security – Caching, security, security scans, firewall, reports malicious IP’s, network blocking, DNS monitoring, disk space monitoring for DDoS attacks, comment scanning
iThemes Security – Alternative security option to Wordfence
BackupBuddy – The most reliable plugin to help keep your content and database backed up
Editorial Calendar – This places a drag-and-drop editorial calendar right in your WordPress dashboard.
Content Views – This is the easiest plugin to create a grid of your content with the least amount of coding knowledge.
Daily Greatness Business Planner – Perfect if you run a small business, set weekly intentions, and use time-blocking. Psst: the link gives you 5% off!
Trello – Our favorite way to organize content for her blog
Dropbox – Kory’s favorite way to organize files and send final work to clients
Whiteboard – Our favorite way to organize things like launches and track ideas
Big Monthly Planner – Krista’s favorite giant planner for organizing literally everything for blog / business
Evernote – Organize content for her blog and email list
Asana – We both use this in our own businesses, but we also use it to track everything pertaining to Coded Creative.
Death to Stock – Free + paid options for stock photos that don’t look like stock photos
Google Fonts – Free resources for great fonts that you can use on your site
Coolors – Perfect place to play around with finding a well rounded color palette
WooCommerce – The most popular and most comprehensive setup for offering digital or physical products straight from your WordPress site.
Easy Digital Downloads – A less complicated setup for offering digital products straight from your WordPress site
DPD (Digital Product Delivery) – Great for delivering anything that needs to be downloaded as well as offering an affiliate program