Every blogger, whether they are experienced or just starting out, likely has a handful of websites that they use in their day to day to help their blogging workflow. From making images to accompany your posts, to testing the readability of your content, there are websites out there to help in every aspect of your blogging life. Why make more work for yourself? Blogging is hard and time consuming – we could use all the help we could get! Here are some of my favourite sites – I’ll be updating this list over time as I discover more useful websites, so bookmark it and check back later!
Wordmark lets you test all the fonts you have installed on your system in the text you want to say. So, rather than flipping between fonts in Adobe Illustrator or whatever image editor you use, you can just type the sentence you need to display into Wordmark, and you will see it in every font you have available on your computer. From a design perspective this makes it 100 times easier to choose the perfect font.
W3Schools is your one stop shop for all the pieces of code you need to customize your design. It it easy to use for beginners and lists every piece of code you could need, with variations and examples so you can know exactly how to use it. If you’re looking for something specific, try searching in Google. W3Schools will likely be one of the first results that pops up.
Screenfly is an amazing website that helps you test responsiveness of your website. You can see your site in almost every format that it is available – iPad, laptop, desktop computer, tablet, phone. This is a great tool since mobile responsiveness is such an important aspect of your web design now, and it’s impossible to have all the devices you would need to check that manually.
Font Squirrel is a site that has thousands of fonts available for free download for commercial use. Having fonts that are free for commercial use is important so that you can use them for anything you are creating without having to worry about licenses. You don’t want to have to check your font book everytime you are creating for a commercial project just to make sure you aren’t breaking any licenses.
Unsplash is a website that offers beautiful photos available for free use in any way you want. They are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can edit or use them however you want to. There are also a number of other websites that offer photos under the same licenses. I wrote a full post about all the best free photo sites here that you can checkout so you never have to pay for photos.
Hemingway is a really cool website that checks the readability of your text. It goes beyond checking for simple spelling mistakes, and checks for things like passive voice, how easy your text is to read, and more. There is a downloadable app and a free online version where you just paste your text into the window and it immediately highlights problems. This is very important because even when you think your text might be easy to read, it might not be that way for everyone.
Feed the Bot
Feed the Bot is a website that lets you test how ‘Google friendly’ your site is. It gives you ratings on certain areas of Google friendliness such as sitemaps, links, and alt tags, and tells you how to improve. You can check every page of your site and you will be given a slightly different rating depending on what you have on that page or post.
Adobe Kuler is a tool to help you choose colour schemes for your website. Their interactive colour picker allows you to choose a colour to start from, and then build from there. You can also browse recent or popular colour schemes, or choose your colours by type – like monochromatic or analogous. This helps you choose colour combinations that you know will look good together.
BuzzSumo is a great way to curate content to share on your social channels, and you can even share directly from their site. All you have to do is connect your social networks and then you can share content directly to your pages. With the free membership you can only connect two social accounts, but you can switch they up as you need to. Buzz Sumo also helps you see how content in your niche is doing, so you can see how your own site compares to your competitors’.
Tagboard is a site that allows you to search all the content on social sites by tag. So you can search something like #blog and you will see all the social media postings that used that hashtag. This is a great way to curate content for sharing and to find other influencers to interact with.
Blogging is tough work, and can take all the time you have in the day if you let it. So, use these tools to make blogging as easy as possible, so you can just focus on creating content and enjoying it!