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

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.77" background_layout="light" border_style="solid"] 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.

The ones with an asterisk next to them are services are affiliate links, which means that I will receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) should you decide to purchase something when you click on the link. I have used all these ones myself, and have confidence in recommending them to you.

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

Strikingly* Wix* Weebly* Squarespace Shopify* (specifically for webstores) Big Cartel (specifically for webstores) 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 Self-hosted WordPress

Other blogging options

Blogger (Blogspot) Ghost Posthaven Medium

Domain name registration

NameCheap* GoDaddy* HostGator eNom 1&1 Hover

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?


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 WordSwag A Beautiful Mess Made With Over


Piktochart Easelly  Visme

Colour pickers

Color Picker Color Zilla Color Hunter Photocopa Adobe Color


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 - this seems to be down right at the moment but I'm hoping it will reappear as it's really useful)

Logo makers

Squarespace Logo  Withoomph Hipster Logo Generator  99designs Fiverr


iMovie Windows Movie Maker


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


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




Wufoo Type Form Form Stack Google Forms


Event Brite

Displaying videos


Multi-lingual website builder


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


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

Customer Reviews

TripAdvisor Yelp Google Business Trustpilot


StickerMule Moo

Online Competitions

Contest Domination


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