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When you first start out blogging it’s hard to figure out which plugins and what tools you should actually be using. I’ve tried just about everything and while there are probably others that I have no tried, these are my tried and true tools and plugins that I use. Now the plugin’s are WordPress plugins, so they may not work for other interfaces.
But if you are looking for a FULL list of everything I use to run my blog, I’m actually going to be adding a Resource page at the same time as this blog post is going to be going live! So yeah, if you want to go check that out please do!
- Disqus – This is a comment system that you can manually add to your site. Now, a lot of people say that they don’t like this system because you do actually have to login to leave a comment, but from what I’ve seen, it really does help to stop the spam comments from coming in. And actually, I seem to get more comments now then I ever had in the past. And I do think that is because of the fact that people feel safer to leave a comment on my page, knowing that it’s through a trusted system. This is also FREE. You can remove it if it doesn’t work for you, and it’s free. You have no real reason to not try it. Try Disqus for free now!
- Grammarly – If you haven’t seen my whole post about why you should be using Grammarly, go ahead and give that a read and then come back on over there. Grammarly is one of those things that you just NEED to be using for anything really that requires you to type. I personally love having it installed on my Chrome internet browser, it make my life so much easier. Now there is a paid version you can get however, I use the free version and it works amazing! You defiantly need to go give Grammarly a look through and a try, you won’t regret it!
- WP Editorial Calendar – This is one of those plugins that I wish I would have known about from the get go. But until recently I have never actually heard of it! This makes writing and editing very easily, because if you are like me, I need to see what will be going out on what day. Now I know you could use your calendar on your phone, you could write it out, etc, I personally am to lazy for that. Like seeing things in a calendar format, try this out!
- Canva – This is your basic free photo editor, but it isn’t just the basic editor, instead they have pre-made sizes for almost everything you could imagine. Not to mention that it is also a very slick and simple design that most people will be able to understand. Now they do have “premium” things, and in order to get those you do have to pay. Now unless you use this for everything you design, I would not go for the paid version, however I do personally have the paid account so that way I can use all of the benefits they have to offer. But I do use this for everything, I don’t use any other editor at all. Check out Canva for all your editing needs.
Like I said before if you are looking for a full list of resources go ahead and take a look at my new resources page!
Hopefully, these helped you out!
Love, Megan Anne
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