When starting a new website or blog there are so many resources you need to know about to help you have a successful site as well as simply getting started with your new venture! Here are some of my favorite links that I hope will help you find your way, or at least inspire you!

WordPress Blog Hosting:

  • Bluehost– A really great option for hosting if you’re just starting out!  The majority of all my clients use these guys! They also offer a FREE domain name as you’re signing up, which is great if you’re just starting out!
  • WPEngine- This is a dedicated WordPress hosting company and who I host my own sites with!
  • Flywheel– This is a dedicated WordPress hosting company and they are fabulous! Great customer support and they offer FREE migrations if you’re moving from another host!


  • WooCommerce– If you already have a WordPress site and just want to add the ecommerce functionality to it, WooCommerce is the way to go!  My site uses WooCommerce for theme purchases and works wonderful!

Printing Services

  • Moo– An amazing print company best known for their Mini and Luxe Cards. I’ve used them myself over and over again and have yet to be disappointed!

Stock Photography and Color Inspiration

  •– iStock has tons of royalty free photographs and vector artwork that you can use on your site!  A great resources used by all designers!
  • Creative Market– has a fabulous selection of stock photography and lots of other great finds!
  • ColourLovers– Be prepared to get lost in this site as it has thousands (millions?) of color schemes to choose from!  Along with allowing you to create your own!
  • Design-Seeds– One of my favorite color scheme sites!  I am best inspired by images, so this site pulls color schemes from some amazing photographs!

Newsletter Services

  • Mailchimp– A great free (for up to 2000 subscribers) newsletter service!  I use them personally for all my newsletters and they’re great!

Editing Services

  • Picmonkey– a great online photo editing tool for resizing images.
  • Canva– Make photo collages or blog headers! Extremely flexible creative opportunities here!

Disclaimer: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for their services or purchase their product, I will get a ‘commission’ for the sale. With that said, I only list items here that I’ve personally used and love and feel that you should know about!!