Blogging Must-Haves

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MYSTYLE5.com blogging must haves

 

 

 

 

My head might be in the clouds of fine fabrics and whimsical outfits, but my feet have to stay firmly planted on the ground of technology. After all, how can a girl share all of those fab ideas & looks without the help of her techie friends?

My besties, my blogging must-haves are below. They are all thoroughly tested and come highly recommended!

If you do decide to purchase a subscription to any of them from my links below, I will also be getting a small commission (at no extra cost to you, ofc). This way, I can keep sharing my style ideas with you here- so thanks! 🙂

Website hosting- SiteGround

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The decision to become self-hosted was a slow and painful one for me. I was so terrified of not being able to manage my website, crashing it and losing all of my work!

But I was no longer willing to compromise on the speed of my website. So after careful research, I bit the bullet and opted for SiteGround. Not the biggest out there, not the most famous, not the oldest- but the best bang for my buck!

I can’t recommend this platform enough for safety, ease of use, website speed and customer support! The team took care of all the scary “back-end business” while migrating my site, and fixed any hiccups promptly.

The speed can’t even be compared to what I used to have! And I can now tweak my website to my heart’s content, turning my vision for it into reality.

 

Blog Theme- Ashe Pro

And once I had the back-end up to speed, I wanted to also refresh the façade a bit! So I looked for a WordPress theme that would suit my vision for this blog.

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The one that really caught my eye and offered all the functionalities I was looking for is Ashe Pro. Not only did it give my blog the look I wanted, but it was also extremely easy to use, and highly customizable.

 

From a multitude of fonts to a world of colours to individually customizable sections, social media buttons, widgets and promo boxes, Ashe Pro gave me all the tools I needed to breathe new life into my blog.

 

Plus, it’s responsive across devices, SEO optimized and Translation & RTL ready- all hugely important features I was not willing to compromise on.

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Photography sharing- ShutterStock

As a blogger, ShutterStock is a godsend for two reasons! It allows you to find amazing quality stock photography and vectors if you don’t/can’t produce your own blog visuals. And second, it allows you to also sell your photography!

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Part of my portfolio

That’s right, you can make money with ShutterStock, by becoming one of their contributing members. So if you’re already producing stunning visuals for your blog (or as a hobby), you try your hand at monetizing them. Just make sure to read the rules before submitting, and happy uploading!

 

Mailing list- MailerLite

If you’re part of The Style Club, then you guys know I e-mail you style-related printables periodically. And if you’re not in The Style Club, what are you waiting for?

You could be enjoying some pretty great freebies right now!

And the mailing service I chose to create and manage my e-mail list is MailerLite. They are extremely secure, and they customer service is beyond quick and helpful. Plus, they allow you to create multiple types of sign up forms & landing pages- which is extremely useful if you’re trying to grow your mailing list. All for very competitive prices, and in a very user friendly environment.

 

Graphics & Prints- Canva (no affiliation here)

And speaking of those beautiful printables, my program of choice for creating them is Canva.

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A small sample of my designs

While I’ll always be a  Photoshop fan(atic) for picture editing and more complex graphic design, Canva is a great, fast and easy option! You can churn out beautiful blog pictures, Pinterest-ready pins, Instagram stories, Youtube thumbnails, A4 documents, invites & more. All without graphic designer experience or expensive programs!