Reasources in starting your own blog

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

short pixel image optimizationOptimizing 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!

Recommended Links:

Check out the websites of the following links for more idea on how to build your own blog.

All 404 Redirect to Homepage (1.13)
by Fakhri Alsadi
a plugin to redirect 404 pages to home page or any custom page

All In One WP Security (4.3.6)
by Tips and Tricks HQ, Peter Petreski, Ruhul, Ivy
All round best WordPress security plugin!

Audience Analytics – by Quantcast (1.0.0)
by Quantcast
Quantcast Measure provides free, powerful audience measurement for your site. Please go to Settings - Quantcast to get started.

BackUpWordPress (3.6.4)
by Human Made Limited
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.

Bunyad Demo Import (1.0.0)
by ThemeSphere & ProteusThemes
Modified (fork) version of "One Click Demo Import"

Categories Images (2.5.4)
by Muhammad Said El Zahlan
Categories Images Plugin allow you to add an image to category or any custom term.

CommentLuv (2.94.7)
by Andy Bailey
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 (5.0.3)
by Takayuki Miyoshi
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Elementor (2.1.8)
The most advanced frontend drag & drop page builder. Create high-end, pixel perfect websites at record speeds. Any theme, any page, any design.

Flexible Posts Widget (3.5.0)
An advanced posts display widget with many options: get posts by post type and taxonomy & term or by post ID; sorting & ordering; feature images; custom templates and more.

Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights (7.2.0)
by MonsterInsights
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 (3.95)
by WebFactory Ltd
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 (4.4.7)
by Modern Tribe, Inc.
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.

Instagram Slider Widget (1.4.3)
by jetonr
Instagram Slider Widget is a responsive slider widget that shows 12 latest images from a public Instagram user and up to 18 images from a hashtag.

InstaShow Lite (1.4.2)
by Elfsight
Lite version of Instagram feed for WordPress. Create unique galleries of Instagram photos. User friendly, flexible and fully responsive. Amazing look for stunning images.

List Plugins (1.4.4)
by SedLex

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 (1.4.0)
by Raj Kothari
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 (3.1.1)
by MailMunch
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 (4.2.4)
by ibericode
MailChimp for WordPress by ibericode. Adds various highly effective sign-up methods to your site.

Native Emoji (3.0.1)
by Daniel Brandenburg
This is not just a plugin, this is the plugin for use emoji in a native way in your posts and comments. When activated you will see a new button in your wordpress editor or comments box, from there you will be able to include more than 2,000 emojis.

Optin Forms (
by FancyThemes
Create beautiful optin forms with ease. Choose a form design, customize it, and add your form to your blog with a simple mouse-click.

Page Builder by SiteOrigin (2.8.2)
by SiteOrigin
A drag and drop, responsive page builder that simplifies building your website.

Page Title Splitter (2.0.3)
by Chris Steman
Add breakpoints to post, page and custom post titles.

PHP Code Widget (2.3)
by Otto
Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Heavily derived from the Text widget code in WordPress.

Pinterest Pin It Button On Image Hover And After Post & Page Content (2.6.2)
by Weblizar
Pin Your WordPress Blog Posts Pages Images With Pinterest

Pretty Links (2.1.7)
by Blair Williams
Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website!

Regenerate Thumbnails (3.0.2)
by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
Regenerate the thumbnails for one or more of your image uploads. Useful when changing their sizes or your theme.

Relevanssi (4.0.11)
by Mikko Saari
This plugin replaces WordPress search with a relevance-sorting search.

Remove Widget Titles (1.0)
by Stephen Cronin
Removes the title from any widget that has a title starting with the "!" character.

RS FeedBurner (1.5.3)
by Scott Allen
This plugin detects native WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner, FeedPress, or FeedBlitz feeds so you can track your subscribers.

Secondary Title (1.9.6)
by Kolja Nolte
Adds a secondary title to posts, pages and custom post types.

Simple Comment Editing (2.1.11)
by Ronald Huereca
Simple comment editing for your users.

Simple Yearly Archive (2.1.1)
by Oliver Schlöbe
A simple, clean yearly list of your archives.

SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle (1.12.1)
by SiteOrigin
A collection of all widgets, neatly bundled into a single plugin. It's also a framework to code your own widgets on top of.

Sphere Core (1.0)
by ThemeSphere
Core plugin for ThemeSphere themes to add support for like and social features.

Stylish Popular Posts (1.1)
by Dolatabadi
This plugin creates a widget which shows top popular posts based on the number of comments. You can specify the number of posts to display.

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded (180225)
by Reedyseth
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.

TablePress (1.9)
by Tobias Bäthge
Embed beautiful and feature-rich tables into your posts and pages, without having to write code.

Tabs Responsive (1.8.5)
by wpshopmart
Tabs Responsive is the most easiest drag & drop Tabs builder for WordPress. You can add unlimited Tabs with unlimited color Scheme.

Vafpress Post Formats UI (1.5)
by vafpress
Custom post format admin UI

Widgets On Pages (1.4.0)
by Todd Halfpenny
The easiest way to Add Widgets or Sidebars to Posts and Pages using shortcodes or template tags.

Wordfence Security (7.1.12)
by Wordfence
Wordfence Security - Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan

WP-Polls (2.73.8)
by Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan
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-SpamShield (1.9.21)
by Red Sand Media Group
An extremely powerful and user-friendly all-in-one anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam, trackback spam, contact form spam, and registration spam. No CAPTCHA's, challenge questions, or other inconvenience to website visitors. Enjoy running a WordPress site without spam! Includes a spam-blocking contact form feature.

WP Broken Link Status Checker (1.0.4)
by Pau Iglesias, SeedPlugins
Check and manage HTTP response codes of all your content site links and images.

WP Fastest Cache (
by Emre Vona
The simplest and fastest WP Cache system

WP Google Maps (7.10.28)
by WP Google Maps
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 Retina 2x (5.4.3)
by Jordy Meow
Make your website look beautiful and crisp on modern displays by creating + displaying retina images.

WP Statistics (12.4.0)
by Verona Labs
Complete WordPress Analytics and Statistics for your site!

WP Super Minify (1.5.1)
by Dipak C. Gajjar
Minifies, caches and combine inline JavaScript and CSS files to improve page load time.

WP Twitter Feeds (1.4.9)
by Vivacity Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
Displays latest tweets from your Twitter account using Twitter oAuth API 1.1.

WP ULike (3.5.0)
by Ali Mirzaei
WP ULike plugin allows to integrate a beautiful Ajax Like Button into your wordPress website to allow your visitors to like and unlike pages, posts, comments AND buddypress activities. Its very simple to use and supports many options.

WP User Avatar (2.1.5)
by flippercode
Use any image from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar. Add your own Default Avatar.

Yoast SEO (8.0)
by Team Yoast
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

YouTube (12.1)
by EmbedPlus Team
YouTube Embed and YouTube Gallery WordPress Plugin. Embed a responsive video, YouTube channel, playlist gallery, or live stream

YouTube widget responsive (1.4.1)
by StefanoAI
Widgets responsive and shorcode to embed youtube in your sidebar or in your content, with all available options.

If you ever encounter a problem in any of the above, feel free to ask me for help.

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