Resources

Welcome to the resources page! No matter where you are on your journey, it’s always nice to have access to resources that can help you along the way! Whether you’re building a personal or business brand, looking for great assets to help you create more easily, or maybe you’re looking to improve yourself in some way, there are many great resources out there for you to utilize!

On this page, I’ve put together some assets and resources that I personally have found to be helpful or useful for me in my own journey, and I love recommending great products or services that I believe in. I’ve categorized everything for you, depending on what you’re looking for! Have at it!

The page is still a bit incomplete at this time, so please bear with me as I continue to build this page.

Resources marked with an asterisk (*) are resources I’m affiliated with. I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you decide to purchase or sign-up with an affiliated service or product recommended from this page.

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Creativity & Design Resources

Creative Platforms & Apps

Adobe Creative Cloud*

From advanced photo editing, illustration, and in-depth video editing solutions to UX design, animation, sound recording programs, and everything in between, there is something for every creative project from Adobe. I’ve personally been using Adobe products in some capacity for close to 20 years, and the amount of solutions available to you to create ANYTHING you can dream up is incredible. On the regular, I currently use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, as well as Adobe Premiere Rush for my YouTube content (a more streamlined video editor compared to the more advanced Adobe Premiere Pro).

Though the learning curve is higher for utilizing these creative programs compared to apps where “plug and play” is more the name of the game, the creative freedom, power, and flexibility is where this wins out compared to more template-based creative apps. 

Adobe CC is subscription-based platform, and you can pay for the entire suite of programs, or individual apps to your liking (monthly or yearly subscription options). If you’re a student or teacher, you can also save over 60% off of subscription prices! 

 

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Canva*

Canva has become a powerhouse over the last few years as a very accessible and easy-to-use online design platform, especially for small business owners who just need something that will look good without going through the more drawn out, full creative process. Choose from thousands of easy-to-use templates to create graphics for social media, flyers, eBooks, invitations, covers, logos, etc. If you can think it, they probably have a design template for it.

Canva is free with no required subscription upgrades (but they do offer “Pro” and “Enterprise” versions that will unlock a boatload of more features as well as customer support for as low as $9.95/month per user). For starters, the “Pro” option will allow for you to upload your own logo and fonts, access to their premium stock image library, and customer support, among other features. 

Though this is a platform that I personally don’t often use as I’ve grown accustomed to the more advanced Adobe design programs, if you’re looking for something that is free to use, has a giant user base, and will help you create graphics for your brand or business with more ease, then this might be a great option for you! As I mentioned, Canva has a free subscription option with no time limit, or you can click the link below and try Canva Pro, FREE for the first 30 days.

 

Creative Assets (Design, Video, Music, Templates)

Envato

Freepik

Creative Market

Website Building & Hosting

Website Builders

Divi WordPress Theme

Divi by Elegant Themes (for WordPress)*

The Divi theme and Divi builder created by Elegant Themes basically saved me from throwing my computer out a window when I first started building this very site on WordPress. As a designer who likes creating things visually and intuitively moreso than with code and somewhat complicated website backends, the Divi builder saved the day.

You can build a WordPress site in many ways, and that’s what makes the platform great with its flexibility and never-ending options to create a website. However, if you are like me and are coming over from a web building platform like Wix, Squarespace, or any of the others out there, it feels like a whole different world trying to build on WordPress as it just felt much more complicated to understand at first (and I consider myself relatively tech-savvy). 

This theme and builder have made WordPress much more enjoyable to work with, and the theme is often updated with new features to help you enhance and create your site for yourself or your clients. I’m a big fan of this theme and builder.

 

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WIX*

WIX is one of the leading website builders in the world with over 160 million users worldwide (according to WIX). When I first started creating websites for myself a couple years ago, WIX was the platform I went with. With its flexible and very intuitive user interface, drag-and-drop web builder, and 500+ designed templates to get you started, its easy to see why its crazy-popular. 

Though it is going to have some limitations in terms of overall flexibility with what you can integrate on your site (you’re limited to the apps on the WIX marketplace, which is very robust though), whether you’re running a restaurant, coaching business, or looking to get your music online, WIX has developed many site templates and applications to cater to different industries. 

If you’re looking to work on a platform that is easy to work with and will get you online very quickly with less hassle, this is definitely one of my favorite platforms. 

 

Other Notable Website Platforms & Builders

 

Squarespace

Shopify

Webflow

Elementor (WordPress)

Website Hosting

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Flywheel*

Before moving over to WordPress, I wasn’t “up to snuff” on how all the web hosting, themes, platforms, etc worked together since I was used to being on an all-in-one platform with WIX. However, getting involved with WordPress requires setting everything up from scratch, which includes finding and choosing a solid web host. With thousands of options available for hosting providers, I didn’t know where to start.

In the end, I ended up choosing Flywheel, which is a managed WordPress hosting solution. Compared to shared hosting options where you’ll have to deal with more maintenance, potentially less security, and sharing servers with other websites, managed hosting takes care of a lot more of the background tasks in comparison to shared hosting options/providers. Shared hosting is less expensive and a decent option if on a tight budget, but if you can afford a little extra, I think the benefits of having a managed hosting provider such as Flywheel definitely brings great benefits.

The biggest benefit? Less to think about! With automatic WordPress updates, daily back-ups, an easy-to-use interface, and fantastic customer service, I’ve been extremely happy with Flywheel since the beginning. Whether you’re hosting your own site, or building websites and hosting for clients, Flywheel is a fantastic host I would highly consider.

 

Other Notable WordPress Website Hosting Services

 

Bluehost

SiteGround

WP Engine

DreamHost

Web Domain Registrars

Namecheap

Though I don’t use Namecheap for website hosting, I do use them as my domain registrar. With some great pricing for domains (less expensive than GoDaddy for most of the comparable registrations and yearly renewals), this felt like the best way for me to go. They also offer other services such as private email hosting and website hosting. 

 

Other Notable Domain Registrars

 

GoDaddy

Hover

DreamHost

HostGator

AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER

Resources marked with an asterisk (*) are resources I’m affiliated with. I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you decide to purchase or sign-up with an affiliated service or product recommended from this page.

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