Resources

Here’s a list of resources I often recommend and use myself. Looking for information or resources on something in particular? Get in touch.

  • WordPress Resources
  • WordPress Theme Resources
  • Website Resources
  • Personal and Productivity Resources
  • Ebook Resources
  • Photography Resources
  • Travel, Food, Italy Resources

WordPress Resources

I absolutely recommend WordPress software as the best way to build your own website or blog. A++ 100% 🙂 I work for WordPress.com, and I have many sites hosted there, so I suggest checking it out to see if it’s right for you. I wrote an article about this on my tech & business site, Ask the Geek: Should I Host my site on WordPress.com? A base account is absolutely free & provides a lot of great features.

Here’s my Quick & Dirty Guide to Getting Started with WordPress, and more on How to Choose Web Hosting for your Website or Blog.

If you’re set on self-hosting your WordPress site, I can recommend a few hosting providers:

  • Dreamhost. I have been hosting several WordPress sites there for years. I moved this site over there from another web hosting last year and I bet you didn’t even notice!
  • Bluehost. They also have a 1-click install for WordPress sites and a great support staff.

And if you’re using WordPress, you really need the free Jetpack plugin. Again, it’s made by people I work with, but it is awesome and in one plugin you have spam protection, related posts with images, cool photo galleries, statistics, even site monitoring in case your site goes down! Read also my Plugin Advice for WordPress Newbies.

For more information on building / growing your website, I definitely suggest delving into the articles about websites & blog, & my full archives. I even have an “Ask the Geek” series if you have any questions.

WordPress Theme Resources

There are 300+ themes on WordPress.com if you decide to host your site at WordPress.com. There are thousands of free themes for self-hosted sites. After installing WordPress, you can get started looking at themes by going to your dashboard Appearance > Themes and browse, or browse directly on the WordPress.org theme directory.

I go into detail on Ask the Geek: How Do I Find and Install a WordPress theme?

If you’d rather buy a premium theme by a WordPress theme shop, be sure to browse the list of commercial theme developers on the WordPress.org site instead of searching directly in Google, as not all themes you can find online will be quality themes.

My current theme is a paid theme, Foodie Pro from StudioPress, and they offer many other themes.

Website Resources

I provide countless hours of advice and support for friends and family with small businesses and startups. The website is a natural step for what’s next.

Here’s some of that advice:

And some tools I recommend:

Personal and Productivity Resources

  • For writing content, Scrivener is amazing, especially for longer form and/or novels. I use TextWrangler for (desktop) note-taking and drafts, and if I was still using a Windows machine, I would be using Windows Live Writer, quite possibly my favorite software Windows has created.
  • For lists and to-dos (which I love), I can heartily recommend Wunderlist which I’ve been using for several years.
  • To save keystrokes by auto-inserting commonly used phrases, I love TextExpander.
  • For reading online content, I love Feedly. I’m a paid Pro user!
  • For business cards, I love Moo and have been using them since 2007. They are beautiful! You can get 10% off by using this link.
  • For keeping sane in front of a screen, I use f.lux to regulate the color/intensity of my screen to adjust with the sunrise/sunset. It’s worth it.

Ebook Resources

I’m a big fan of ebooks (as evidenced by all of the articles here about ebooks), and I even have a few ebooks published (check out How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy on Amazon).

Photography Resources

I love photography! You can see more of my photography on my food & travel site, Ms. Adventures in Italy, and some of my photos are for sale on Getty Images.

Travel and Food Resources

Interested in more about How I Travel? I have a series called How I Travel on my food & travel site, as well as more information on my photography equipment and living in Italy. Visit my Resources page on Ms. Adventures in Italy.

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