Here are the best free blog tools that I’ve found to be really helpful while creating my blogs and saving me money.
Sometimes you have to spend money to get good resources and tools, but not all the time.
A lot of times there is a free alternative to an expensive product. Blogging doesn’t have to be expensive.
I will be adding to this list as I find things that help me.
The best solution I’ve found for backing up your blog or website (anything created in WordPress) is a plugin called ‘Duplicator’.
I’ve tried a lot of them, and they always seem to be just a little too complicated or time consuming… even some of the paid ones.
Another beef I have against many other solutions is that they make it easy to create a backup copy, but almost impossible to figure out how to restore it.
Duplicator makes both backup and restore really easy.
I’m not going to explain how to backup and restore here in this article since my purpose is to just tell you about free stuff that’s been very helpful for me.
Click Here to download the Duplicator plugin to your computer, or just go to Plugins in your wordpress dashboard, and then ‘Add New’ and then search for ‘Duplicator’. Its a plugin made by Snap Creek.
P.s. You don’t need to buy their plugin Duplicator Pro. The free version works like a champ and does everything you’ll really need. The free version is one of the best free blog tools out there…
For free stock images I go to Pexels.com
Have you seen the price of images on most of the stock photo sites lately?
It’s enough to give you a stroke.
Pexels is a great site… the images are really beautiful, and you can find almost any type of image you’re looking for.
I used to use iStockPhoto.com, but really, unless I absolutely can’t find anything at all that would do the trick from Pexels, I don’t use them anymore. I like my wallet too much.
(Update… I’ve been using Pixabay more often lately and I think I like it better than Pexels now. The good news is that they’re both good and have many different images from each other.)
Free Background Music for Videos
Background audio always used to be a problem for me until I found Bensound.
If you make videos, this will be really helpful. (If you don’t make videos, consider doing it, since it will help in a lot of different ways with your blog)
They have a great selection of short clips perfect for background music for videos.
Colorzilla is actually one of the most useful tools you could have if you do a lot of work on your blog, in terms of design.
It’s whole purpose in life is to identify colors by their hex number, so that you can easily create images, backgrounds, font colors etc… of the EXACT color you like.
Suppose you are navigating around the web and you see a site or a photograph that you really like and think “I’d like to use those colors, but what colors are they?”
Colorzilla to the rescue!
It is a small extension made for either Firefox or Chrome, and is free and simple to use. Get it here.
Canva.com is a site where you can create graphics using images they have for many different purposes. The REAL advantage is that they have templates already designed AND the correct size for all the social media platforms. Facebook covers, Instagram sizes, the right vertical image size for Pinterest, etc… You don’t have to stop everything and find out what the right dimensions are for a facebook cover or a youtube channel image. It makes creating marketing images really quick and easy.
Note: If you are good at Photoshop, this isn’t all that exciting for you. But, it makes it easy to create an image the correct size for what you want.
Here is a sample of a pinterest image so you can see the quality:
Get the Firefox and Chrome Extension called WhatFont
This extension is wonderful. Load it into your browser and then whenever you go to a site and like the font, just turn the WhatFont extension on, and put your cursor over the font you want to identify. It pops up with the font name. This extension has made site design and photoshop a whole lot easier now that you know exactly what font to use.
You can find it in the Chrome store or in Firefox Add-ins.
Read this if you’re thinking about how to start a blog and want to know more