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Tools & Resources

When I was just getting started online, I didn’t know which tools and resources I should focus on to create my own website or blog. To remove all of the guess work for you, I’ve collected some of my favorite tools and resources for you below. These are all you need to get started creating a website and building an audience for any business you can think of!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means if you use these links to make a purchase, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. You can choose not to use them if you’d like — the decision is yours, and either way, these tools are great!

Recommend Courses

User Experience Design Fundamentals – One thing that people skip over is actually learning the fundamentals of design and this course does a good job of breaking this down and explaining it.

Mastering Web Design in Photoshop – Since you know know the fundamentals of design the next step is to start creating your own designs. This courses is will walk you step by step in teaching you how to master Photoshop and design your own websites.

Web Development Boot Camp – An insane amount of video tutorials the only course you need to learn web development. This course is for anyone who wants to learn about web development, regardless of previous experience.

WordPress Theme Development – Now that you’ve got a good level of coding knowledge no doubly you’ll want to develop WordPress themes and this course breaks this process down and help you build your very first theme from scratch.

Sublime Text Power User Book – Investing in your text editor skill set will not only improve the quality of the code you write and cut down on silly errors, but increase the speed and productivity at which you write it.

ES6 – ES6 is a major update to JavaScript that includes dozens of new features. With a focus on simplicity and readability, this course is an efficient way to find out what is new in JavaScript and most importantly when and how you should use it.

React For Beginner – If you already have an understanding of JavaScript and want to further your learning by learning react. This course will have you building real time applications and dynamic website components in no time!

TreeHouse – My go to online learning resource for high quality and easy to follow video tutorials about designing and coding.

Web Design & Development Tools

MAMP — What I use to create my local host environment for development.

FileZilla — The FTP client I use to upload files to my server.

iTerm — Once you start to use terminal commands, make sure to check out iTerm (you’ll thank me later).

Sketch — This is my preferred application for designing my website designs.

Github — What I use as a web-based Git repository hosting service.

Atom — My preferred code editor – plus, it’s FREE. Perfect for getting to grips with development.

Adobe Creative Cloud — If you’re looking to use Adobe applications like photoshop and illustrator, the creative cloud is the best way to go.

ThemeForest — Photoshop and HTML templates, themes for different content management systems (CMS), such as WordPress, Shopify, Drupal and more.

Creative Market — Market for design resources like fonts, templates, themes and more.

Blogging Tools

WordPress — A professional blogging platform that powers 25% of the internet. The Despreneur site is built on WordPress too.

Bluehost — Extremely affordable hosting for your first few projects.

Flywheel — More powerful hosting for bigger blogs and projects built specifically for designers.

ConvertKit — Email marketing software made for bloggers with powerful features to help you turn readers into customers.

Leadpages — Helping you get a landing page set up in a matter of minutes, capture more subscribers this way.

SamCartOne of my new favourite tools for collecting payment and being able to add upsells.

SemRush – Giving me the edge to make sure my digital marketing strategy is working.

SumoMe — Online software for growing your website’s traffic and collecting more subscribers.

OptinMonster — Online software that integrates with your website to convert your website visitors into subscribers.

CoSchedule — Allows you to automate your scheduling for all of your content, not just social media!

Grammarly — A fantastic tool that will make you a better writer. It checks your spelling, grammar and suggests fixes instantly.

Trello — An amazing product management tool, allowing you to better schedule and plan out your tasks.

Zapier — My secret weapon that lets me automate my tasks instead of manually doing them, saving me tonnes of time.

Wistia — Want a more powerful video hosting platform? Look no further.