In this page, I have listed down some of the products, tools, and resources that you can use in building up a blog for all my fellow bloggers and aspiring bloggers. I’m sure this would be able to help you reach your blog goals. Since I have personally tried and am still using some of it even until now, feel free to message me if you have any questions or if you encounter any problems. I am happy to help you with an open heart. Do note that some of these links contain affiliates links and I may or may not get a few bucks but if I do, I would like to say my thanks in advance. 😊
Domain Name: GoManilaHost
GoManilaHost is one of the best domain provider sites in the Philippines from my experience. Even though they are more known as a hosting provider, I wasn’t really 100% satisfied with their hosting performance.
Web Hosting: Siteground
Moreliketwins is currently hosted by Siteground and I can confidently say that their service is top notch. They never fail to impress me from day one up until now. I even wrote a blog post about it!
Blogging Platform: WordPress
WordPress is the blogging platform that I have been using for more than ten years, even before Moreliketwins. I have tried different platforms and none works like WordPress. The best thing about WordPress is you can install it for free if you have Fantastico or Scriptaculous in you Cpanel with just a few clicks! You can also install tons of plugins for your blog customization, also with just a few clicks. How awesome is that?
WordPress Themes: ThemeForest
Theme Forest provides several WordPress premium themes and templates, some for free but mostly for a price. It is the place where I always get my base codes for my websites to save me from the hassle of doing all the coding from scratch all over again. They provide coupons from time to time and discount deals that are to die for.
Photo Editing: Canva
I have been using Canva for almost a year in editing images for my blog. They provide different templates where you can get an idea on how to start your work if you do not wish to use their premade ones. They also provide free images that you can use for your design. They have several design types to choose from, with a canvas of your specific size that is very useful when it comes to conceptualizing a design. You can also add team members and work together to brainstorm ideas. This is what I mostly use to output my ideas, or at least plan my design before I get my hands on Photoshop
Image Optimization: Short Pixel
Optimizing the images of a website is one of the most important factors in speeding up a website. And a website’s loading time can greatly affect the user’s experience. Short Pixel improves the website by reducing the image size. I discovered this while I was looking for tips on how to speed up my site because my website’s loading time takes forever. Though I can only optimize 50 images for a month on a free plan, I can really see my site’s improvements based on the statistics. They provide image compression, image optimization, and even pdf compression – all for free!
Check out the websites of the following links for more idea on how to build your own blog.
Alexa Traffic Rank Widget (2.0)
Alexa Traffic Rank Widget is the best WordPress plugin to add alexa ranking widget to your website or blog. It does not require you to provide any login details only enter site url.
All 404 Redirect to Homepage (1.7)
a plugin to redirect 404 pages to home page or any custom page
All In One WP Security (4.2.7)
All round best WordPress security plugin!
Audience Analytics – by Quantcast (1.0.0)
Quantcast Measure provides free, powerful audience measurement for your site. Please go to Settings - Quantcast to get started.
Simple automated backups of your WordPress powered website. Once activated you'll find me under Tools → Backups. On multisite, you'll find me under the Network Settings menu.
Better WordPress Minify (1.3.3)
Allows you to minify your CSS and JS files for faster page loading for visitors. This plugin uses the PHP library Minify
and relies on WordPress's enqueueing system rather than the output buffer (will not break your website in most cases). This plugin is very customizable and easy to use.
Categories Images (2.5.3)
Categories Images Plugin allow you to add an image to category or any custom term.
Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts.
Contact Form 7 (4.7)
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
FL3R Randavatar (1.0)
This plugin provides a large randomly assembled avatar for each user based on their email address. When a user comments on the site, the plugin generates a unique avatar based on his email. There are an impressive number of avatars that can be generated, and it increases at each update of the plugin!
Use the Genericon icons within WordPress. Icons can be inserted using either HTML or a shortcode.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights (6.1.9)
The best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. See how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back.
Google Maps Widget (3.55)
Display a single image super-fast loading Google map in a widget. A larger, full featured map is available in a lightbox. Includes a user-friendly interface and numerous appearance options.
Image Widget (4.4.3)
A simple image widget that uses the native WordPress media manager to add image widgets to your site. Image Widget Plus - Multiple images, slider and more.
List Plugins (1.4.4)
Create a list of the active plugins in a page (when the shortcode
[list_plugins] is found).
The list may contain:
- the name of the plugin,
- the description,
- the version,
- the screenshots,
- a link to download the zip file of the current version.
Plugin developped from the orginal plugin WP-PluginsUsed.
This plugin is under GPL licence.
Loginizer is a WordPress plugin which helps you fight against bruteforce attack by blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed. You can blacklist or whitelist IPs for login using Loginizer.
MailChimp Forms by MailMunch (3.0.5)
The MailChimp plugin allows you to quickly and easily add signup forms for your MailChimp lists. Popup, Embedded, Top Bar and a variety of different options available.
MailChimp for WordPress (4.1.2)
MailChimp for WordPress by ibericode. Adds various highly effective sign-up methods to your site.
Native Emoji (2.0.2)
This is not just a plugin, this is the plugin for use emoji in a native way. When activated you will see a new button in your wordpress editor, from there you will be able to include more than 1,000 emojis in to your posts, pages, and custom posts type.
Optin Forms (184.108.40.206)
Create beautiful optin forms with ease. Choose a form design, customize it, and add your form to your blog with a simple mouse-click.
PHP Code Widget (2.3)
Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Heavily derived from the Text widget code in WordPress.
Pretty Link (2.0.8)
Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website!
Regenerate Thumbnails (2.2.6)
Allows you to regenerate all thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.
This plugin replaces WordPress search with a relevance-sorting search.
Remove Widget Titles (1.0)
Removes the title from any widget that has a title starting with the "!" character.
RS FeedBurner (1.5.3)
This plugin detects native WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner, FeedPress, or FeedBlitz feeds so you can track your subscribers.
ShortPixel Image Optimizer (4.3.1)
ShortPixel optimizes images automatically, while guarding the quality of your images. Check your Settings > ShortPixel
page on how to start optimizing your image library and make your website load faster.
Simple Comment Editing (2.1.5)
Simple comment editing for your users.
Simple Yearly Archive (2.0.1)
A simple, clean yearly list of your archives.
Sphere Core (1.0)
Core plugin for ThemeSphere themes to add support for like and social features.
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded (170428)
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notifications. It includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts or suspend all notifications.
Embed beautiful and feature-rich tables into your posts and pages, without having to write code.
Tabs Responsive (1.7.2)
Tabs Responsive is the most easiest drag & drop Tabs builder for WordPress. You can add unlimited Tabs with unlimited color Scheme.
Tawk.to Live Chat (0.2.9)
Embeds Tawk.to live chat widget to your site
Vafpress Post Formats UI (1.5)
Custom post format admin UI
Wordfence Security (6.3.9)
Wordfence Security - Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan
Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress's blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.
WP Broken Link Status Checker (1.0.4)
Check and manage HTTP response codes of all your content site links and images.
WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click (1.6)
This wp plugin protect the posts content from being copied by any other web site author , you dont want your content to spread without your permission!!
WP Fastest Cache (0.8.6.9)
The simplest and fastest WP Cache system
WP Google Maps (6.4.03)
The easiest to use Google Maps plugin! Create custom Google Maps with high quality markers containing locations, descriptions, images and links. Add your customized map to your WordPress posts and/or pages quickly and easily with the supplied shortcode. No fuss.
WP Instagram Widget (1.9.8)
A WordPress widget for showing your latest Instagram photos.
WP Statistics (12.0.6)
Complete statistics for your WordPress site.
WP Super Minify (1.5.1)
WP User Avatar (2.0.8)
Use any image from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar. Add your own Default Avatar.
Yoast SEO (4.7.1)
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
YouTube Embed and YouTube Gallery WordPress Plugin. Embed a responsive video, YouTube channel, playlist gallery, or live stream
If you ever encounter a problem in any of the above, feel free to ask me for help.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via the contact form.