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What I use

Every now and again I get asked about the tools I use to do the things I do, lol. I’m compiling a list here. All of these are tools that I have actually used, and, in some cases, still use on a regular basis. Some of the links below are affiliate links, so if you do decide to purchase, I get a “smalls”. Feel free to go directly to sites and skip this if you prefer.

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I use this for all my sites and have done since 2005. I love the flexibility of being able to create just about anything I need. If you’re not up to hosting it yourself, then feel free to check out WordPress.com

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Web Hosting

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Siteground: After 10 years with my original host, I switched to Siteground in 2015. I am using them to host all my personal sites. I have had no uptime issues and their customer service is fantastic! The price goes up after the first year but for managed hosting, it’s still affordable.

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WP Engine: For larger, more serious projects, you might want to consider these guys. It’s managed hosting running on some pretty serious infrastructure. The snapshot (before you make changes) feature is totally worth the money if you have ever messed up your site completely.

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X Theme: This is what I am now using on my sites, yes, sites. It is so customizable, I can have completely different looks on each. Loving it so far. There are a lot of very solid WordPress themes on Themeforest but there is a reason why this is a top seller.

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125x125_V2 (1)

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Code Canyon: Related to Themeforest, CodeCanyon is, you would think, a place for code and plugins. They have a massive WordPress section, from which I have bought various plugins with no complaint.

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Scrivener: This is an amazing piece of software for writers. Besides using it for major writing projects like a novel, I am using it to capture all the drafts and research for blogging.

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Now Scrivener has a learning curve but you can, of course, get some training to help get you up to speed quickly. Try Learn Scrivener Fast. I was part of the early beta programme and the material is solid.

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HitFilm Express: I started out doing videos in iMovie but my film visions grew bigger. HitFilm is amazingly powerful, even without going to the Ultimate version. I’ve barely scraped the surface of the things this tool can to. It’s well worth checking out. You can always start with the free trial.

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YouNeedABudget (YNAB): This programme is my saving grace. Though I am still working my way through the basic principles of budgeting that the makers recommend. When I use the software, it definitely keeps me on track. Slowly but surely.

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