Resources for Bloggers
I thought it would be helpful to share with you a list of products or services that I currently use in running Culinary Zest. These are all items that I have personally purchased and use myself and that I feel have helped me along in my adventures in blogging.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links.
Glowhost has been my hosting provider for the past couple years. I started using their shared Personal Hosting plan after a very frustrating experience with another Hosting provider. They have many different services available and I’ve been very happy with the service I have received from GlowHost. They are an affordable option when just getting started and have Customer Service/Tech Help that is quick to deal with any problems you may have.
I currently use a WordPress theme from themeforest. It was my first Premium theme and I’ve been very happy with it. Culinary Zest runs on the U-Design WordPress theme, they have a great demo site, excellent documentation and a Users Forum which is a great source of information. The developers are great on answering questions and update the theme regularly.
I use a range of plugins for adding extra functionality to Culinary Zest. There are thousands to choose from and here are just a few that I use:
- Akismet – protect your blog from comment and trackback spam.
- Limit Login Attempts – Limit rate of login attempts.
- WordPress SEO – true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress.
- UpdraftPlus – automatically backup and restore your WordPress database and filesystem.
- EasyRecipe – makes it easy to enter, format and print recipes. This is the free version.
- W3 Total Cache – Easy Web Performance Optimization.
Food Blogger Pro
]One of my most favourite places to go for great information, resources and community. It’s one of my greatest finds and helped me figure out a lot of the things I needed too. There are two primary parts of the site, the video training and the community forum.
It’s with the help from Food Blogger Pro that the door opened for me to all that I wanted to try to do with Culinary Zest. They have a wealth of useful information and the greatest part is their willingness to share it with all.
They have a great deal on the first month, full site access to all materials for just $1. It is well worth checking out at that price. After the first month, it’s $25 a month, do make use of the first month at the low rate, if you’re like me, you’ll find it beyond amazing.
The reason I choose to include it here on my Resources page, is that I can say that it is one of the greatest things I came across while trying to decide what to do with Culinary Zest. I came close to closing shop and giving up because I just didn’t really know or understand where I needed and wanted to go with Culinary Zest. It’s helped me so much and I want to share it with others!
It’s with the help of Food Blogger Pro, that the wheels started turning again, the light bulb moment went off and I finally knew what I wanted to do and how I should start going about doing it.
I can’t recommend them enough. Lindsay and Bjork are awesome teachers and I’m glad to have found them before closing down Culinary Zest for good.