Recommended Resources

Here is a resource page packed with tools, products, services, guides and other resources that are aimed at bloggers and websites owners. These are resources I currently use, have used in the past or tools and resources that come highly recommended by friends, peers and people in the industry.

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Blogging & Webmaster Resources & Tools

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase via these links then I will earn a commission (there is never any additional cost to you). For more info read the affiliate disclosure.

CMS & Blogging Platforms is the number one self hosted website and blogging platform of choice. In fact, almost 20% of all sites and blogs on the Internet runs on WP, including the blog here at Hosting Kingdom. is a hosted blogging platform that lets you create a free website or easily build a blog. Comes with loads of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes.

Learn how to start a WordPress blog and what the differences between and are is an open source blog publishing platform that is gaining momentum, it's easy to master and totally free to use. is Google's free blog publishing platform that is simple to learn and use but is more aimed at personal and hobby blog projects.

Web Hosting & Domain Names is a rock solid web host that offers competitive hosting packages. Plus, they give you a free domain name for the first year. You can't go wrong with Bluehost. is a web host that flies a bit under the radar and is unknown to many. That's a shame because they come packed with great features and at very reasonable prices. You should check them out. is a web hosting provider that takes climate change seriously. For every 1x power unit they take from the grid they purchase 3x credits of wind energy and send it back to the grid to offset their carbon footprint.

Want to get more details about these web hosts? Then check out this review of Bluehost, this one of Web Hosting Hub and this one of GreenGeeks is the best domain name registrar on the market, hands down. They offer competitive pricing and free domain privacy comes included with most domain extensions.

Web Design, Themes & Plugins

ThemeForest is the leading marketplace for website templates and WordPress themes. Here you can find stunning and custom made themes for WordPress from around $50.

Find out how you can create a wedding website using stunning and ready-made themes from ThemeForest.

WrapBootstrap is a marketplace for themes and templates based on the Bootstrap framework (the HTML, CSS, and JS framework Hosting Kingdom is built on).

CodeCanyon is a sister-site to ThemeForest and it's a marketplace for plugins, scripts and snippets.

Fiverr is a place where you can hire freelancers from as little as $5. It's the perfect place to get logos, banners and small web design tasks done for you cheaply.

Tools & Productivity

IFTTT "If This Then That" is a clever automation service that connects apps and gadgets via recipes, for example "if you upload a video to YouTube, then it gets directly posted to your WordPress blog" and "if weather forecast says rain tomorrow, then send me an sms".

Canva is a free graphic-design tool and website where you can create stunning designs such as blog graphics, website banners, Facebook covers, Twitter backgrounds and loads more.

Google Webmaster Tools is a free service from Google that helps you diagnose, monitor and maintain your website's presence in Google's search results.

Google Analytics is a free service from Google that that tracks and reports website traffic and is the most widely used web analytics service on the Internet.

Marketing & Monetization

SumoMe is a bundle of tools to help you build traffic to your website. Tools include; email list builder, social sharing, heatmap, text highlighter, image sharer and more

Check out this comprehensive guide to SumoMe.

Buffer is a social media sharing tool that makes social sharing super easy and it's completely free of charge to publish to your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Google AdSense is a free ad publishing platform that allows site owners to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on your website.

Skimlinks is an affiliate marketing network that helps online publishers make money by automatically finding links on your site and turning them into affiliate links.

Mailchimp is a freemium online email marketing solution that lets you design, send and track email and newsletter campaigns.

Other Tools

BuzzSumo is a both a content and influencers discovery tool that let's you analyze what content works best for any topic or competitor.

FreshBooks is a cloud-based accounting software service aimed at small business owners to easily manage your accounting needs.

Ahrefs is an SEO tool that lets you analyze websites and their backlink profiles, and you can also explore content and track social media.

SerpStat is a free keyword suggestion tool that lets you harvest popular and searched for keywords on Google.

Rankinity is a real-time search engine rank checker tool that is affordable, easy to use and a tool that does the job.

Blogs I Like

Let's start off with Brian Dean, he runs the hugely popular SEO blog . Here you won't find the usual run of the mill SEO fluff, instead you get hands-on and actionable tips and advice.

Another blog that dishes out practical and insanely useful online marketing advice is Bryan Harris's .

Pat Flynn is a hugely popular (deservedly so) and successful online entrepreneur. His site is jam-packed with tips and advice.

When it comes to WordPress guides and how-to's Syed Balkhi's incredible is the undisputed go-to resource.

Darren Rowse (a fellow Melbournian) needs no introduction and his is all about helping other bloggers improve their blogs and make money.

To finish things off, here's a shameless plug for my very own blog here at Hosting Kingdom.