Checking out new tools?
Using tools for your blog will help you be more productive and save you a lot of time. Time that you can spend on writing another post or taking a break.
It’ll also offer a better experience to your readers and make your site look more professional.
And we all love freebies, so… here are the best free website tools you can use on your blog!
1. Creating Logos
One of the things I love making is logos. Creating a logo feels like I give a personality to my site. And yes, you can find out a lot just by looking at someone’s logo. Is it funny? Is it serious looking? Is it boring?
Whatever you aim for, here are some tools that you can use to make your logo for free.
Both sites can give you the same functionality, so they get to be together. They have some fancy fonts, so you can make a logo out of a few simple words. Put your blog name, and they give you an image of it. For example:
Pretty cool, right? Especially the first one… I think I’ll use it some way. Anyway, next!
Canva is a free online tool you can use to make images online. It provides you with a lot of free photos, templates and graphics to create your own images. In this case, you can use it to make your logo. Canva has already a ready template for logos to help you, but of course, you can use your own dimensions.
Nice, huh? 😛
You can also use the tools together. Go to Cooltext and make an image out of your website name and then go to Canva, upload the image and then add more details.
2. Image Making
I usually use Canva to create my images, infographics or logos, as I said before.
It’s easy to use and it has a lot of features, but not enough to overwhelm you. I believe it’s great, especially for beginners.
I don’t think you need any help, but if you want more information, here is my review for it.
Have fun using Canva. I know I do!
3. Animation Videos
I love Biteable for making animation videos. It has a lot of ready templates you can use and it’s perfect for presentations, pitches, etc. I won’t say a lot about this one. I’ll let the results speak for themselves.
Here’s a sample:
4. Grammar Check
Grammarly is an excellent tool for checking your articles for grammatical and spelling errors.
Grammarly has a free and a premium version. The free one is really good so I’d recommend you to start with this one and if you’re searching for something more, then go for the premium.
To use it, you can:
- copy-paste (or even write) your text on Grammarly.com or
- have Grammarly as a browser extension and let it check anything you write.
I prefer the second option because it’s faster, but occasionally, I’ll choose the first one when I want more information about the mistakes.
5. Title Generators
Having a captivating, unique title for your post is essential. The title is the first thing anyone notices on a post. Not only it’s at the top with big bold letters, but it’s also what people see on the search engines results.
The title alone can make your article have thousands or zero visitors. So yes, it’s important to have a awesome title.
Here are some title generators I like. They are easy to use and gives you a lot of great titles – along with some really goofy ones. 😛
6. Image Editing
LunaPic is a free online program for editing images. It has a lot of basic tools you can use on your pictures.
- Make part of the image transparent (I love this one. I usually use it to make the background of an image transparent. )
- Changing exposure
- Changing brightness
I found it while searching for a way to make the background of an image transparent and I’ve used it since then. It’s easy to use so you won’t have any trouble to learn how it works.
If you want to edit an image for free, it’s worth to check out.
7. Resizing Images
For resizing images, you can use ResizeImage.net. It’s a site that makes resizing and optimising images very easy.
You can also use it for cropping and rotating images, especially if you’re going to optimise them after this, anyway. So if you want to crop or rotate an image before you optimise it, you don’t have to use a different program.
The steps are easy:
- Upload Your Image
- Crop and/or Rotate (Optional)
- Compress (Optional, but recommended)
- View and Save the Image
8. Finding Fonts
If you’re searching for a new font to use, check out dafont.com. It’s a site with a lot of different fonts, from classic ones to completely outlandish.
Choose what kind of font you want and you’ll be presented with the fonts that fall under this category.
You can even use a text of your choice to preview the font. That’s a quick way to see which font is the best for what you need.
Before you download one to use it on your blog, make sure that the font you get is free for commercial use.
*If you’re searching for a font to use as part of an image, you may want to check out Canva first. It has a lot of fonts and it saves you the trouble to download one. You can also add the text directly to the image.
9. Convert Case
This is a handy online tool to use if you want to change a text from lowercase to UPPERCASE or Sentence case or Capitalized Case and a couple more.
It doesn’t sound so important, but if you use it a couple of times, you’ll get addicted to it and to how fast it is. Way better than having to rewrite the whole text. Did you leave the caps lock on? No problem anymore!
Now, here are a few tools for finding colours:
You have an image and you want to find one of the colours in it? No problem. Use Colour Picker to find out what it is.
- Upload an image.
- Click the colour you want to identify.
- Choose the two main colours.
- Choose how many shades you want to find between the two main colours.
- Click on the Blend button.
11. Distraction-Free Writing
It’s so hard to focus on writing when there are so many distractions. So many temptations to lure you only a click away…
Searching for a solution, I came across Calmly Writer.
If you put it on full screen, that’s what you see. Just a blank window where you can write easily without any distractions. It’s an online tool so you don’t have to download anything. You can use it offline, as well, if you need.
Try it, and you’ll see the difference!
So far, here are my favourite tools. The list will get longer as I plan to add more free tools to use on your blog. Tell me about any cool tools you know so that I can add them to the list. 🙂
Let me know what you think about these tools and, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write.
And if you liked this, you may want to check out some productivity tips for bloggers.
See you next time!