20+ Tools For Your Blog (9/10)

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Welcome to my new “How To Blog” series! In this series, I’ll try to put my knowledge to good use and shed some light on the basic of blogging. You will learn how to set up a self-hosted blog, what are the must-have plugins, how to attract readers, how to monetize your blog etc. I’ll publish a new “How To Blog” post every Saturday.

Today, I’d like to share something even more personal than clothes, make-up or a toothbrush: bookmarks. We all have our favorite sites or tools to make blogging easier… here are mine: a collection of links to online tools, great blogs and generators for the geeks impaired.

Note that all these tools are free and none of these links are sponsored!

For Blog Design:

  • Favicon From Pics: an online tool to create favicons (the small icon by the url of a website) from regular images.
  • Color Scheme Generator: to create a nice scheme for your blog.
  • Screen Resolution Checker: although most of us now use larger monitors with a 1024 x 768 resolution, there are still some 800 x 600 users. Would your blog look fine with this resolution? Have a look! Note: this tool only works with IE 5.5 or higher… not Firefox for some reason.
  • Browsershot: this tools test your website in different browser… well, over 50 actually, including some browsers you have never heard of! This is really useful because browsers such as Internet Explorer are well-known to display some features differently. With this tool, you just enter your blog’s URL, bookmark the page, and pick up your screenshots later. You can view them online or download them. And good luck fixing the cross-browsers bugs afterwards!
  • Flickr Toys: do more stuffs with your pictures! Make a jigsaw puzzle, a mosaic, an inspirational poster, a badge, a movie poster… Over 40 tools to do original things with your pictures. Note: you need to open a Flickr account to upload your pictures, either from Flickr, either from your computer.
  • 101 Fonts For Designers: a list of fonts to download.
  • Noupe: a great design blog, which often features design ideas, CSS tricks and “best of” lists.
  • Smashing Magazine: a design website which features freebies (icons, wallpapers…), graphic inspiration, how-to…

For coding (HTML, CSS) :

  • Kotatsu: this one generates HTML tables. Perfect to align pictures two per two.
  • Dropdown Menu Creator: generates a custom dropdown menu. Just enter your links and get the HTML code.
  • CSS School: CSS tutorial with examples, quizzes, references, and an editor.
  • WordPress Max: a great blog which focuses mostly on WordPress, with tips and articles on plugins, themes, monetizing etc.
  • Hack WordPress: a blog about themes, plugins, code, and WordPress hacks.
  • Web Designer Wall: a blog mostly about design but which also features great CSS tutorials. It has an amazing theme!
  • Pro Blog Design: design and hacks.
  • Theme Lab: WordPress coding tutorials.

For SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and marketing your blog:

Blog Forum:

  • Digital Point: a huge forum for coders, designers, webmasters, marketers and more.

Hope you will find something useful for you! And don’t hesitate to send me your best links, I’ll add them to this list.

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13 Comments

  1. Thanks for the color scheme generator, I’m like the most color retarded person on Earth 😛

    And I think you’ve shared website grader before, but that’s okay, coz it’s that awesome.

    Ulquiorras last great read…No, It Wasn’t An Earthquake…

  2. This is so readable and educating – a great collection of features and good stuff!

    I’ve heard of Flickr tools, but never tried. So far I’ve used Photobucket a lot and are quite satisfied with that – also because it makes your blog load faster when you don’t fill your own domain with a lot of pics?

    To me it looks like ‘Dropdown Menu Creator:’ only works for Blogger? You see, I’ve always wanted to have my blogroll on my ‘first page’ (in the side bar then!) as it counts quite many and will take up too much space.

    RennyBAs last great read…Arctic King Crab and Bird Mountain safari

  3. Thanks for the tips, I really needed a handly list of where to find information as I am still just learning and I am planning on moving my blog to its own adress and server over the summer when I have vacation…and loads of time to work on it (as you well know we need hahaha)! The color scheme generator is cool, that is something I always have trouble figuring out…and it should be simple, but….

    Thanks for the tips!! YOU will be a bookmark for me when I am working on my blog!!

    DianeCAs last great read…Nudity in Scandinavia

  4. Thanks Zhu! I really need to seat a little more with my blog and implement some of the things you have mentioned. You sure use a LOT of things! xD

    Aiglees last great read…Luminato

  5. Hey Zhu- I’m liking that Favicon link, thanks. Also, my Taitai and I are thinking about heading from Hong Kong to France for about two weeks in September so consider this fair warning- I’ll be asking you for some suggestions. Have already been to Paris (and we’ll go there this time too) but we’re going to spend alot of time in other cities throughout the country. 🙂

    Garys last great read…Have I Mentioned That My Wife Is A Smartass?

  6. @Ulquiorra – Color scheme saved my life more than once!

    @Michael Martin – You’re welcome, your blog is a good resource!

    @Shantanu – You’re welcome! ‘Hunting down’ can be quite time-consuming.

    @RennyBA – I like Flickr because I bought an account and kept all my pics there, but Photobucket is good too.

    You can use the dropdown menu creator for any platform, since it’s just a piece of HTML you can paste in one of your “text” widget. I create my blog (in the sidebar) with that tool. Email me if you have any trouble with it!

    @DianeCA – And don’t hesitate to ask when you’ll be moving on WP” I’m sure Rennie can help as well… he will!

    @Aiglee – Come on, pimp out your blog! 😉 Just kidding, it looks fine and I know customizing can be time-consuming…

    @Eric “Speedcat Hollydale” – You’re welcome! The snow has melted, we are good up there. 😉

    @kyh – You’re welcome and good luck with the SEO!

    @Gary – No problem, I love being a trip advisor. 😉 You still have my email, don’t you? Otherwise, just use the contact form in the navbar.

    @Ulquiorra – It’s a plugin: WP Snapavatar. You can find it here: http://darkx-studios.com/?p=286

  7. Hmm…Well, I already coded the Snaps by hand, since I’m so clever lol.

    Will be a pain to switch the template this way, so I should probably get the plugin.

    Thanks!

    Ulquiorras last great read…What Were They Thinking?

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