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Create Your Own Website the Easy Way: DIY website-building resources

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Here’s a directory of the resources listed in Create Your Own Website the Easy Way.  I’ll continue to add more as I come across new ones. I have not personally used all of these resources and I welcome your feedback, as well as other recommendations you may have.

All-in-one (hosted) website-building systems

Strikingly*
Wix*
Weebly*
Squarespace
Shopify* (specifically for webstores)
Big Cartel (specifically for webstores)
About.me
The Grid
Supadupa

For musicians

Website builders, selling music online and digital distribution:

Bandzoogle
ReverbNation
Bandcamp

For photographers

Sites, storage, selling prints online:

SmugMug – store photos and create websites, with built-in online store for professionals.
PhotoShelter
22Slides 
Exposure – for “photo stories” rather than full-blown websites.

For creatives

Hosted online portfolio makers:

Dunked
Format
Carbonmade

WordPress

WordPress.com
Self-hosted WordPress

Other blogging options

Blogger (Blogspot)
Ghost
Posthaven
Medium

Domain name registration

NameCheap*
GoDaddy*
HostGator
eNom
1&1
Hover
Name.com

Tools to help you come up with a good domain name

Namemesh
Domainr

Hosting companies (webhosts)

Bluehost (US)*
Dreamhost (US)*
Heart Internet (UK)
WP Engine (international)
SiteGround

Payment processors

PayPal
Stripe
Square
2Checkout
Skrill
Plus many others…

Selling online

Ecwid
Spaces
Square
Gumroad

Good places to get WordPress themes

ThemeForest*
Creative Market*
Elegant Themes* – home of the very popular Divi theme.
Organic Themes
WooThemes
WP Explorer
Dessign
ThemeTrust
Graph Paper Press
StudioPress
Bluchic
AngieMakes
ColorLib
WordPress free themes directory

Identifying WordPress themes

What WordPress theme is that?

Marketplaces/storefronts

Etsy
Storenvy
Bonanza
Handmade at Amazon
Ziibra
Zibbet

Email that matches your domain

Google Apps for Work
Zoho

Graphics tools

Pixlr
Gimp
Fotor
ON1 Perfect Photo Suite
Canva
PicMonkey

Instagram tools (these can be used to make graphics for your website or Instagram)

Red Cact.us
WordSwag
A Beautiful Mess
Made With Over

Infographics

Piktochart
Easelly
Infogr.am 
Visme

Colour pickers

Color Picker
Color Zilla
Color Hunter
Photocopa
Adobe Color

Fonts

Google Fonts
Typekit
Font Squirrel 
Creative Market*
Font Pair (font combinations)

Online quote-makers

Make images from quotations:

Stencil 
Pablo

Resources for making your own graphics

Creative Market* (patterns, mockups, styled stock photos, web elements)
Etsy (search “web elements” or “brand pack”)
Subtle Patterns
COLOURlovers
InspirationHut
IconFinder
Noun Project

Stock photos

Shuttershock
iStock 
Fotolia
Dreamstime
Big Stock 
Unsplash
Pixabay
Stocksnap
Negative Space
PicJumbo
Death to Stock
Gratisography
Public Domain Archive
Google Images
LibreStock (search across several free stock photo providers at once)

Logo makers

Squarespace Logo 
Withoomph
Hipster Logo Generator 
99designs
Fiverr

Video

iMovie
Windows Movie Maker

Audio

SoundCloud
Audacity
GarageBand
Call Recorder for Skype
Audio Hijack
MP3 Skype Recorder
Pamela

Podcast Hosting

Podbean
PodOmatic
Buzzsprout
Spreaker
Libsyn

Landing pages

Instapage
Leadpages
Unbounce

List-building and traffic building

SumoMe

Mailing list managers

Mailchimp
AWeber
Mad Mimi
Convert Kit (email marketing for bloggers)

Online scheduling software

Allow customers to book their own appointments with you:

Calendly
Vcita

Time Trade 
Appointy
Acuity Scheduling

Live chat

Zopim
Live Chat Inc.
Click Desk
Pure Chat
Olark
Spreaker
Libsyn

Comments/discussion

Disqus

Forms

Wufoo
Type Form
Form Stack
Google Forms

Events

Event Brite

Displaying videos

Huzzaz

Multi-lingual website builder

Voog

Social Media Tools

Buffer
Hootsuite
Edgar
PostPlanner
Click to Tweet
Bitly (shortens links)
Internet Marketing Ninjas (social media photo resizer)

Submitting to Search Engines

Google
Bing

Advertising

Google AdWords
Bing Ads
Facebook Ads
Twitter Ads
LinkedIn Ads
Instagram Ads

Customer Reviews

TripAdvisor
Yelp
Google Business
Trustpilot

Stickers

StickerMule
Moo

Online Competitions

Contest Domination

Webinars

Webinar Jam
Webinars on Air
Click Webinar
Go to Meeting
Webinar Ninja

Online Courses and Membership Sites

Teachable

Zippy Courses
Course Craft
Kajabi
Teachery

Digital Download Delivery

Send Owl
e-Junkie
Pulley App
Sellfy
Getdpd
Fetch App

Order Fulfillment

Amazon Services
Shipwire
Rakuten

Tracking Traffic and Site Performance

Google Analytics
SumoMe App
Optimizely
Google Search Console
Bing Webmaster Tools

Plug-ins for self-hosted WordPress

These can be added directly from the Plugins section of your admin area. No need to download separately and upload.

UpdraftPlus
Akismet
Yoast SEO
Contact Form 7
Jetpack
Google Analytics
Google XML Sitemaps
Email Address Encoder
Events Manager
MailChimp List Subscriber Form
PopupAlly
Bloom (for attractive opt-in form signups, popup and embedded; can be used with any theme)
WP Google Maps
Coming Soon
My Post Order
NextGEN Gallery
Sell Media
Easy Digital Downloads
Sensei
WPML
Polylang

Finding Professional Help

WordPress Support Forum
WordPress FAQ Page
WooCommerce Expert
Squarespace Expert
Wix Expert
UpWork
Freelancer
WordPress developers

The ones with an asterisk next to them are services are affiliate links, which means that I will receive a commission should you decide to purchase something when you click on the link.  I have used all these myself and wholeheartedly recommend them.

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