We’ve put together a list of the blogging resources that we are currently using to run this blog. Together, we have spent nearly a year researching how to start our own blog. Oh, and believe us when we tell you, there is a LOT of information out there. We are not going to tell you that you will succeed if you use our resources. We are still a young blog and don’t know how successful we will be. But, we have faith that will guide us through this journey and believe the success will follow. So, if you like what you see on our blog, feel free to follow our journey as well!
What is a host?
A host gives your website a place to live. Hosts provide the technology and storage that are required to run your website. Hosts perform a myriad of other functions from security to email hosting as well. You will be choosing your URL at this point so keep in-mind that you will need to consider your brand’s name before hand. Hosts form the foundation of your website and choosing one will be one of your first major decisions in your blogging journey.
Why did we choose SiteGround?
We initially discovered SiteGround through recommendations from several elite bloggers. We loved their security and ease of use. Also, the price seemed very appropriate for the services they provide. SiteGround advertises their expert developers and excellent 24/7 customer support. This gives us peace of mind that our site will be well taken care of. Thus far, we have had zero issues with their product and plan on continuing to upgrade our plan as our site grows.
What is the price?
Currently, we use the GrowBig plan from the table below for Probably Parents.
Framework: Genesis by StudioPress
What is a framework?
A framework can be a bit complicated to explain. You do not necessarily need a framework to chose a theme. However, Genesis Framework allows our site to stay secure and update easily. It gives you the ability to make theme changes without losing all of the hours of work you put into setting up your site. Essentially, the Genesis Framework is the backbone of your site while the child themes (explained below) is the esthetics visible to your viewers.
Why did we chose Genesis?
We really went back and forth on this subject. There seems to be infinite WordPress themes in the world, some of which are absolutely stunning. We made the decision to choose Genesis after immense research. The ability to update and change your theme with ease gave us the confidence that we were making the right decision. Locking into a single theme felt way too permanent for our site. Additionally, Genesis prides itself in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) which is critical to the growth of any website.
What is the price?
The price is a one-time only fee and does not include the child theme which is discussed below.
Child Theme: Hello Boho by Hello You Designs
What is a child theme?
A child theme is a specific theme compatible with the your framework. The theme shapes the look of your site and the visible structure. It is often customizable with your brand’s colors and content. The child theme is what your audience sees when they click on your site making it “pretty”.
Why did we chose Hello Boho?
This theme really stood out to us for many reasons. Hello Boho features a simple, elegant vibe that we felt would really show off our content and connect with our audience. It also gave us plenty of opportunities to advertise our email subscription (which is important for maintaining an engaged audience). Additionally, this theme is packed with a ton of awesome features to give your site a fun, unique look! Check it out fo yourself and see what you think. 🙂
What is the price?
The great thing about purchasing a child theme is that it is only a one-time fee and that theme is yours forever. We also receive routine updates and the ability to contact the creator if any technical issues arise. All of which come included in that one-time fee.
Page Builder: Elementor Pro
What is a page builder?
A page builder is a MUST for a newbie blogger. It would take years to learn the code required to make the beautiful websites you see today. A page builder does that coding for you and gives you the ability to make your site look the way you want. Most page builders nowadays allow you to see the changes you make in real-time. They allow you to customize your site and make it be your own!
Why did we chose Elementor Pro?
Of the three major page builders (Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Divi), we went with Elementor for several reasons. First, we ruled out Divi because Divi is both a theme and a builder. Our site runs on the Genesis Framework, so we needed a theme that was compatible (aka a child theme). After using the trial versions of Elementor and Beaver Builder, we found Elementor to be more user friendly and the price more budget friendly (win-win). Elementor has a free version as well, but the majority of the features are reserved for the Pro version.
What is the price?
We use the Personal plan as Probably Parents is our only site at this time. We are billed annually the price you see below.
Learn More About Blogging
We have more blogging resources to help you start your own Blog!
Check out the following pages for even more blogging knowledge
Our Favorite Bloggers – A list of the inspirational bloggers that got us started
Our Affiliates – Get an idea of some of the companies we work with so you can come up with your own game-plan to make your blog profitable
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