Resources

This page is where I list down all of the stuff that I personally use, enjoy and find truly awesome.

NOTE: Some of the links featured here are affiliate links, which means that I get a small commission each time someone clicks and buys something from these links. Don’t worry, it won’t cost you anything to click. These are the things that I recommend because I’m 100% confident that they are useful and will make our lives easier and better.

So read on, bookmark this page (I might add a few more helpful resources in the future) and share with your friends.

Blogging

Apple Laptop, notebook, pen and digital camera

Tools for Blogging

WordPress – Most of the websites and blogs nowadays run on WordPress. Mine is using WordPress and I find it super easy to write, upload and edit photos, embed videos and customize the design for this blog. You don’t have to be a computer genius–all you need is a time, creativity, and passion to navigate around this nifty blogging platform to be able to create your own blog posts.

 

Namecheap – By far, one of the most reliable and affordable  domain and web hosting company there is. Their customer service representatives are so helpful and available any time of the day. To give you an idea of how much I paid in total for their one-year subscription, I paid around P500 ($12) for the domain hosting and around P1,300 ($30) for the web hosting which I got with their first-year discount coupon code. Not bad, right?

Bloglovin’ – Why include Bloglovin’? I mean, why not? There’s nothing to hate about this amazing app that basically makes reading and organizing all your favorite blogs into one platform. This is where I discovered other interesting blogs. Most of its 16 million+ users (as of April 2014) are female and are into the lifestyle niche (beauty, fashion, fitness, etc). You can also follow me on Bloglovin’.

 Graphic Design

PhotoScape – I can’t deny it, I suck at designing things and I mostly rely on ready-made graphics and stock photos for some of my posts. However, there will come a time when I need to edit and improve them myself. I use PhotoScape because it’s very easy to use and comes with really cool knick-knacks that you can add to spruce up your designs. For designing noobs like me, this is a great design tool to get started.

Canva – I recently discovered Canva though Guy Kawasaki, an online influencer I followed on Twitter. If you don’t know how to use Photoshop and you don’t want to pay for its license, Canva will be your new BFF. It comes with pre-made  graphics, text editors and photos that you can play around.  Most of them are free but you can choose to pay for as little as $1.00 to get other designs that you like. Now, virtually anyone can be their own graphics designer.

 Productivity

Asana – When it’s mentally impossible to remember all the tasks you need to do each day, you can get reinforcements from a project management app like Asana. You can list down all your tasks and categorize them per projects. If you’re working with a team, you can collaborate with them on projects that you’re working on so you don’t have to waste time reading and communicating through email threads.

Evernote – Are you still still using that old-school notepad from your computer?  You might not have heard of Evernote yet, or if you have, you will absolutely love how seamless it is to archive notes, save web page screenshots, sync files and share notes with clients or friends.

Google Drive – My laptop’s drive is already enough to store thousands of files but I use Google Drive as my backup file storage space just in case, I want to access them from a different device. I’m using their free 15GB subscription but if you want to upgrade, their prices are cheap.

Selling Products and Buying Online

Lazada – I purchased some stuff here at a cheaper price compared to what’s offered in shopping malls. Lazada is like the Asian version of Amazon  and I do my shopping here most of the time because their prices are very affordable.

Paypal – I use this primarily to pay with my online purchases because it’s more secure than a credit or debit card. If you’re selling stuff online, most of the ecommerce sites may already have PayPal built in but just in case it’s not, then check out how you can use Paypal as your online store’s payment gateway.

Travel 

TripAdvisor – This is a great site to check out other travelers’ reviews and opinions about travel destinations, flights, restaurants and other things to do. Before I even got acquainted with it, I have to research my travel plans on Google which seems tedious with all the vast information you can get. Now, I just visit TripAdvisor for some helpful tips and find the best travel deals all in one page.

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