10 Useful Free Tools and Resources For Your Blog

toolsBlogging is part art, part science.  To create a truly great blog, you will need help.  If you have money you can just outsource everything to experts and have them do most (if not all) of it for you.  But what if you are just getting started and don’t have much extra cash floating around?  Luckily, there are some great online tools at your disposal that are completely free.  Here are a few of my favorites.

How to find and install a professional looking WordPress theme for your blog

In this video I will demonstrate how to find and install a professional looking WordPress theme for your blog.

By default, WordPress is installed with a rather plain looking theme.

There are other themes included in the WordPress package but none of them are very esthetically pleasing.

Luckily, there are other sites where you can find professional looking themes for free.

How To Install WordPress

How to install WordPress using the DreamHost 1 click installer:

  1. First, browse to https://panel.dreamhost.com/
  2. Enter your username and password and click the login button
  3. Next, look for the ‘One-Click Installs’ link on the left hand side of your screen near the top and click it
  4. On the next screen scroll down and find the WordPress icon and click it
  5. Then click the ‘Custom Installation’ button
  6. From the first dropdown menu that appears, select the website that you wish to install WordPress to and click ‘Install it for me now!’

The DreamHost installer will now install and configure your WordPress site for you. Within a few minutes you should receive and an email in your inbox with a link that will allow you to immediately log in and start using your WordPress website.

Useful WordPress Plug-ins

electric plugWordPress is a great tool for building a blog or website, but the standard installation is kind of bare bones.  If you want to add more functionality to your site, you have 2 choices : directly edit your template files (a scary thought for most people), or install plug-ins.  I prefer the 2nd method because it saves me time.  Why reinvent the wheel…

Here are some completely free plug-ins that I have found quite useful and couldn’t live without.