Blogging Platforms

I have been using WordPress for over 10 years now. Of course there are lots of other options, but for most people (regardless of experience), WordPress is the best option.

Free
WordPress.com – If you're interested in making a free blog (a great idea for trying WordPress or for non professional blogs), I recommend using WordPress.com.

Hosted
If you want to make a professional blog and/or you want it on your own domain name/ web address, you'll just need to pick a host ( see WordPress Hosting below). It is possible to download the WordPress software, but it's not necessary. 1 click/ automated WordPress installation is available from just about every hosting provider. It's super easy, and you won't need to worry about any of the technical details.

WordPress Hosting

Hosting Reviews – If You're looking for hosting, I recommend taking a look at our Hosting Reviews first.

Recommended – SiteGround and GoDaddy are 2 of our best affiliates. Depending on how much you can spend, these are what we recommend. And if you use the links on AllThingsBlogging.com, you'll get a huge discount (godaddy) and help support the AllThingsBlogging and the podcast.

GoDaddy – (excellent price, excellent reliability, good support)- If you're looking for the absolute cheapest hosting that is reliable and has decent support, I recommend our affiliate, GoDaddy. It's only $12 to get started. That includes a free domain and 1 year of hosting. Of course, the price will go up after 1 year, but the same is true for most hosting companies.

SiteGround Hostinggood price, excellent reliability, excellent support – Our affiliate, Siteground, doesn't give a first year discount, but if you think you'll rely heavily on support, I recommend using them for sure.

Design & Themes

When it comes to blogging, I can't stress enough how important looks can be. This doesn't mean you have to go out and hire a designer or spend hours learning to design. With WordPress (and a lot of awesome tools available) it's easy for just about anyone to make an awesome looking blog. No design experience needed!

Themes

The Best/Fastest Free Responsive Themes – If you're looking for a free theme, we have a really great list of the best/fastest free responsive themes. It includes real screenshots of each theme to help you choose.

Design

Adobe Spark is a powerful free tool that you can use to make awesome images. Perfect for sharing on your favorite social network (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and more). It's also great for making featured images. I use it a lot for this site.

Gimp is a free & open source image editor. If you are looking for a free Photoshop alternative, this is it. Gimp has just about all the same features as Photoshop, and is available for all major desktop operating systems (Mac, Windows, Linux).

Podcasting

If you are reading this on your own computer or mobile device, then you have everything you need to start a podcast. Of course, you can buy nicer, more specialized equipment, but what you have now is probably sufficient.

Desktop Recording Software

Audacity works on all platforms (Mac, Windows, and Linux), and is a powerful and relatively easy to use tool.

Garage Band is a good option if you're on a Mac.

Mobile Recording

Believe it or not, the microphone on your phone is probably pretty good. I've made several recordings using my iPhone, and the sound quality is pretty good (using the built-in mic, not one attached to earphones).

Auphonic is an audio recorder and editor that works for both iOS and Android.