Blogging Tools I Personally Use & Recommend To Others

Hosting For Bloggers

1. Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best hosting provider for bloggers. You can start blogging today with them at a price as low as $3.95/month.

They have 24/7 support you can chat or call them if you face any problem or have any Pre-sales question.

Apart from that they provide 1 free domain for a year if you go with annual plan and they install SSL for free it helps to secure your website from hackers.

If you are a beginner you will love Bluehost and  you can start with Basic plan at just $3.95/month.

2. Siteground

Siteground is a good alternative to Bluehost it’s almost same in the pricing category. You can start your blogging career at a price as low as $3.95/month but the renewal pricing of siteground is insane high.

I have tried siteground for about 1 year and it’s actually good host with 24/7 support and their SG optimizer is awesome plugin which is pre-installed once WordPress is installed in your host.

SG optimizer consist every possible thing which a beginner blogger need in their website to speed up.

I switched to Bluehost after 1 year because of renewal cost is much higher it’s $11.95/month. 

3. Cloudways

Now this is something that is do recommend once you start growing and making some money from your blog. It’s a cloud hosting and having some amazing features which makes your website 2x-5x compare to Bluehost or Siteground. 

Currently my website is hosted on Cloudways itself and it’s been 6 months I am using their services and I hardly face any downtime or issue with server. 

I don’t recommend Cloudways to beginners as the interface is bit tricky so if you are just starting then you can go with Bluehost else if you have experience then I can say Cloudways is perfect.

I am using their $22/month plan but you can start with $10/month and they do have 24/7 support and free SSL for unlimited sites.

P.S: Check my website GTmetrix score using Cloudways hosting.

Themes For Bloggers

1. Divi Theme

Divi theme is one of the most downloaded theme of all time as they have amazing visual editor that means you don’t need any coding experience to design your blog.

I love Divi theme myself and designed hundreds of website using Divi theme. My web design agency website Duogeeks.

Except Divi theme you will get Extra theme which is designed for blogging and Bloom plugin for email optin and monarch for social media sharing.

Elegant themes do have no question ask 30 days refund policy so you can start designing and if you don’t like you can ask them for refund.

2. Newspaper Theme

Newspaper theme is #1 selling news theme of all time in Themeforest and my website which is Thirstywell is built using Newspaper theme.

It’s lightweight and having amp for mobile users so it means your mobile users never face speed issue. Thirstywell GTmetrix score using Newspaper theme with Elementor and Nitropack.

Check another website I built for my client using Newspaper theme Travelisfreedom.

WordPress Plugins

1. Yoast

One of the most powerful SEO available in WordPreess and having 5+ Million Active Installations.

I personally use Yoast for all of my websites and client websites. They do have their premium version which costs $89 for a year in which you will get redirection, 5 keywords and more.

If you are beginner you can start with Yoast free version and once have your hands on SEO then you can switch to premium version.

2. Rank Math SEO

Newly launched SEO plugin sometime in 2018 and quickly gain members they have 200,000+ active installation and currently they are free and if we compare with Yoast free version then Rank Math is winner, not comparing with Yoast premium.

I recommend going with Rank Math, they have such nice UI and more feature in comparison to Yoast.

3. Elementor Page Builder

A free page builder with 4+ million active installations. This page is created by using Elementor page builder. It’s a drag and drop page builder like Divi builder but it’s more fast and free to use and more features compare to Divi.

There is also paid version of Elementor with access of amazing pro widgets and their online library you can sign up now and they have 30 days refund policy so no fear of money loss.

4. NitroPack

No need to install any cache or image optimization plugin, this is all in solution and a better solution compare to others. GTmetrix score of my website after compressing by Nitropack.

You can test your URL directly on their official website Nitropack

They have different plans as per your need you can start with free and later as per your resources you can switch to paid. 

5. Site Kit by Google

You know your site might get effected by analytics code or adsense but no more. In 2019 Google announced their official WordPress plugin Site Kit by Google in which you can connect your analytics, adsense, search console and much more. It will also show your website speed score by google page-speed.

It is highly recommended because it saves your time but most important is prevent your website from speed loss. 

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