This is a comprehensive list of resources useful for WordPress blogs.
For resources specifically related to travel blogging visit the Travel Blog Resources page.
Domain and hosting services
Bluehost – Cheap domain and hosting packages from one of the worlds largest hosting sites.
Namecheap.com – Cheap hosting and my preferred site for registering new domains on the cheap.
HostGator.com – Another cheap hosting and domain option.
Google Adsense – The biggest of the contextual ad networks.
Affiliate Future (USA/UK/EU)
Affiliate Window (UK, Ireland, USA)
Rakuten Affiliate Network (worldwide)
Trade Doubler (UK/EU)
Zanox (UK, EU)
Independent Affiliate Programs
Email List Management
A common refrain I hear from those who run a successful blog is that they wish they had started a mailing list as soon as they started blogging. Mailing lists are a good way of keeping you audience engaged, especially for those don’t rely on RSS or social media sites to rely on when your latest posts are out.
Aweber – One the most popular email marketing services. Popular with web marketers this is a good option if want to segment your list into different groups or run autoresponders (a series of emails you that are sent automatically).
Mail Chimp – A good option for small sites as you can have up to 2000 subscribers for free.
TinyLetter – A simple newsletter service brought to you by Mail Chimp. This is like a stripped down version of Mail Chimp and you can have up to 5000 subscribers for free.
Zenfolio – Upload and host unlimited photos to your account. You can also host photos on your domain, like I do at photos.nomadicnotes.com. There are different packages available, depending on if you want to add a shop to your site.
SmugMug – Another photo hosting site that is highly recommended by travel bloggers. You can also host on your own domain/subdomain. This link will get you 20% off when you subscribe.
WordPress – The official site for WordPress. Your host should download WordPress direct to your domain but if you want to download it manually or read up on the latest updates then this is the site.
Free WordPress Themes
WordPress Theme Directory – The official depository of free WordPress themes – thousands to choose from.
Premium WordPress Themes
Dynamik Website Builder – This is the theme I use on nomadicnotes.com. It’s a theme with hundreds of design options and relatively easy to use. SEO friendly so no need for additional plugins.
StudioPress – One of my favourite premium themes. StudioPress runs on the Genesis framework and has a good selection of professional looking user friendly themes, such as the Magazine theme that this site uses.
Thesis Theme – A popular theme for its customization abilities, but you will need coding/design skills to make it look like something other than the out-of-the-box Thesis theme.
WooThemes – WooThemes is a popular premium WordPress theme. If you are just starting out in the premium theme market have a look at some of their free themes.
Social Media Services
Knowem – Check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 500 popular and emerging social media websites. Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does.
moo.com – Create beautiful business cards.