Blogging Excel Website Blueprint
Our blog readers often ask us via email and other social media how have we designed this website, Which plugins do we use for this, and which hosting, etc.
We use a lot of tools, from creating this site to writing a post and publishing it, there is a long list of these tools.
In this blueprint page, we are going to reveal all the tools, due to which we are able to run this blog smoothly.
I have categorized all the tools here based on their work so that you can find them easily.
So let’s dive right in.
1. Web Hosting:
Web hosting is a place where all the files of your website are stored; you can also call it as a home of your website.
basically, hosting is a computer placed in any other corner of the world, where all the files on your website like photos, videos, graphics, all codes, etc. are saved and which you operate sitting on your computer.
At Blogging Excel, we are using Bluehost for powering our website.
It also offers a free SSL certificate for each site, SSD storage, free domain registration, and many more.
You can buy this hosting for your dream blog by clicking the button below.
2. WordPress Theme:
In WordPress, a theme is a bundle of certain templates and stylesheets that determine how different our website will look in the crowd. In addition to determining the design of our website, it also controls many essential functions of it.
Here at Blogging Excel, we use GeneratePress Theme to design and display our blog.
We have been using this theme for our blog since the beginning and are very happy with its speed and performance.
The GeneratePress team knows how much the speed matters for a blog, which is probably why this theme is the most lightweight theme to date.
You can get this theme for your blog by clicking the button below.
3. Page Builder to Design the Landing Pages:
We use the Elementor Pro page builder plugin to design our blog’s homepage, blog page as well as landing pages.
Elementor is one of the most advanced front end page builders. It comes with the drag and drop feature that makes it very easy to design our pages.
We have been using it since the last 2-year and can say we just love to use it.
1. For On-page SEO:
Rank Math: We use Rank Math SEO plugin for improving our blog’s On-page SEO, this plugin provides a lot of features that are even not available on the paid version of Yoast, like Keyword optimization up to 5 keywords, advance redirection manager, link suggestion, no-follow all external links, automated image SEO, etc.
See our Rank Math SEO plugin review.
2. For Off-page SEO:
SEMrush: For all our off-page SEO works, we use SEMrush SEO tool,
SEMrush is the leading SEO tool that offers you a lot, a lot of features like keyword research and analysis, backlink analysis, competitor analysis, Off-page SEO, Technical SEO fixes, and many more.
This is my #1 favorite tool ever for my blogging works, and I can say that I complete more than 50% of my blogging work using this tool.
Jetpack: We use the Jetpack plugin (paid version – professional plan) to protect our site against cyber-attacks. It offers us a lot of security features like Brute force attack protection, Downtime monitoring, Automated security fixes, Automated malware scanning, etc.
Apart from security, you also get many features with it, such as unlimited image hosting, Lazy loading images, traffic stats, etc.
Now VaultPress is also a part of the Jetpack plugin. It means if you buy a Jetpack premium version, you will get VaultPress for absolutely free.
Akismet Anti-Spam: We use the Akismet plugin to automatically kill all the SPAM comments that arrived on our website. It is also available in free and premium both versions. You know what, if you buy the Jetpack premium version, you will also get the premium version of Akismet Anti-Spam absolutely for free. So Get it.
Wp Rocket: We use the Wp-Rocket plugin for page caching and browser caching on our blog, it increases the speed of our blog by up to 80%. Apart from this, it comes with the CDN integration feature which can further increase the speed of your blog. Try Wp Rocket.
Cloudflare: We use Cloudflare as a CDN (Content Delivery Network), It increases the speed of our site by reducing the server load. The best thing about it is that you can use this CDN for free. Try Cloudflare for free.
8. Social Share:
Thirsty Affiliates: We use Thirsty Affiliates plugin for managing and clocking all of our affiliate links. The best thing with it is that it automatically replaces the keywords.
10. Content Creation:
Grammarly: We use Grammarly to write our article without thinking about any grammar-related mistakes. It helps us to avoid grammar-related errors while writing. I’ve been using it for a long time and can say that it is one of the best tools for blogging. Try Grammarly.
Canva: We use this online graphic design tool a lot to design the graphics for our blog.
FreePik: We use Freepik to find vector images for our blog, this is the fantastic website where we find millions of vector and normal graphics for every category.
Visme: We use Visme to design all of our blogs’ infographics. This is an excellent tool that allows you to create any kind of infographics.
Q2W3 Fixed Widget: We use this plugin to create the sticky sidebar widget.
Really Simple SSL: We use this plugin for easily configuring the SSL certificate on our site without any set up so that the site can become fully SSL proof.
ShortPixel Image Optimizer: We use ShortPixel Image Optimizer to optimize images so that our blog can load much faster.
That’s all for now.
We currently use only these tools to build and run our website successfully, We will keep updating this blueprint when other tools are in use, or a tool has been out of use in the future.
I hope this blueprint will help you to start your own blogging journey and make your blog different from the crowd.
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