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Starting a blog can be overwhelming so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite blogging resources. I am suggesting these resources because I either use them and believe in them or know someone who does and trust their judgement. Some of these recommendations are affiliate links meaning if you click them and end up buying something or subscribing to something I will earn a commission at no added cost to you.
I spent so much time researching different web hosts, a year really. I knew the choice would be between the top two and I ended up going with SiteGround which is usually ranked 1 or 2 on most hosting lists. In order to have a successful blog and especially if you plan to monetize it self hosting is a must. I have been very happy with my site’s speed, load times and up time. They have different types of hosting, I use WordPress hosting, and different plans to choose from starting at $3.95 a month.
Recently I re-evaluated my blog theme after deciding to add a Shop page. My old theme did not support everything needed for the page so I switched. I’m now using the Captivating theme from Restored 316 and I love it! The themes at Restored 316 are beautifully designed and well thought out. They are feminine yet highly customizable and SEO friendly. Most themes run around $75. You will need to purchase the Genesis theme separately in order to use these themes but if you already have Genesis you’re good to go. There is a ton of support on the website if you run into any problems. You can watch tutorials for some of the most common questions and even those not so common. I highly recommend checking Restored 316 out if you’re looking for a blog theme. And the creator/designer Lauren Gaige is such an inspiration. You’ll love reading her story seeing all her beautiful work.
When I need graphics, fonts or other web creations I always check out Creative Market first! They have a huge selection of themes and templates, too. Prices vary greatly but you can find lots of designs for next to nothing.