There are thousands of resources available to help you build an amazing and successful blog. I’ve gathered some of my favourite resources here for you!
Most of these resources are free or at least have more-than-sufficient free versions. If you opt to pay for any premium themes or other paid resources, I may get a commission from your purchase (at no added cost to you!). I would never promote a service that I don’t trust.
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With plans starting at $2.59/month (USD), DreamHost is our top recommendation for cheap web hosting (if you don’t need Canadian servers).
WordPress Theme Libraries
WordPress’ official theme library. WordPress has a thorough review process for Themes they include, so you know they’re secure.
If you’re looking for a premium (paid) theme, Envato Market is your go-to library. If you subscribe to their newsletter you’ll get monthly freebies.
Free WordPress Themes
Neve’s mobile-first approach, compatibility with AMP and popular page-builders makes website building accessible for everyone.
Built from the ground up for lightning-fast performance, yet filled with modern features that will make building websites fun again.
OceanWP is a free multi-purpose WordPress theme that makes it extremely easy to create beautiful & unique websites with WordPress.
Free WordPress Plugins
Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO plugin
Security, performance, and marketing tools
made for WordPress sites by the WordPress experts
The World’s Leading WordPress Website Builder.
WooCommerce is the world’s most popular open-source eCommerce solution. The core platform is free, flexible, and amplified by a global community.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
Optimize images, turn on lazy load, resize, compress & improve your Google Page Speed.