Resources for Travel Bloggers

Everyday I continue to learn more and more about blogging. I’ve put together this list of resources for travel bloggers (and any type of blogger really). I hope that it saves you a little time so you can spend it doing what you love!

I’ll keep adding to this so make sure to come back from time to time to visit and see updates.

Website Hosting

Dreamhost: – this is who I use to host Trip Logic. They offer unlimited domains and 1 click installs of wordpress + 1 free domain a year.
Bluehost: Bluehost is inexpensive + offers a google ad credit when you sign up and hosts over 850,000 WordPress blogs.
WP Engine: WP Engine specializes in WordPress Hosting and offers a 60 day money back guarantee. They offer extra security to protect your blog and also offer one click backups. I’m having some serious thoughts about switching to them simply for all the extra wordpress centric features they offer.

WordPress Themes

When it comes to wordpress themes you have a number of choices. If you know html/css or are willing to learn, you can create your own theme. If you want to get something up quick, you can get a pre-made theme and if you want something in between where you can customize a design without needing to do a lot of coding, you can go for a wordpress framework. I created my own theme for this blog, but I have also used frameworks and pre-made themes on previous projects.

Create Your Own WordPress Themes:
Bones WordPress Starter Theme: This is the theme that I built my site off of. Basically, this is a simple theme that you skin and change according to your needs. There is a lot of extra code in this so you get a nice clean start.
WordPress Cheat Sheet from NetTuts

Pre-made WordPress Themes:
Theme Forest: Theme Forest has over 1500 wordpress themes to choose from.

WordPress Frameworks:
Headway Themes: This is a drag and drop framework that gives you full control over the layout and design. You can create an entire site without coding, but it also gives you the option to edit css if you want even more control.
Genesis Framework: The Genesis framework has been used by some of the biggest names in the world of blogging (like Darren Rowse from Problogger and Chris Brogan). This framework is known for being search optimized and you get unlimited support when you buy it.

WordPress Plugins

Comment Luv – I love this plugin – it let’s visitors link back to their latest blog posts. There are more options in the pro versions of this plugin, but the lite/free version is great when you are starting out.
Digg Digg – Nice floating share bar.
Gravity Forms – This is a paid plugin, but boy does it make your life easier if you need to create forms for any reason.
Tweet Old Post – This plugin tweets your old posts at intervals you set. Great way to get exposure for your old posts.
Code Canyon – Code Canyon is a marketplace for code and has a great selection of plugins available for purchase.

Travel Blogger Specific Resources

The Art of Travel Blogging Community – I love this community. If you are a travel blogger who is just starting out, you can ask questions/get advice from travel bloggers. If you are a veteran blogger it’s a great place to get ideas and inspiration.
Travel Blog Exchange – This is the first site I visited for advice when I started blogging. There are a wealth of resources here and so much good information and ways to share.
Lonely Planet Travel Blogger Thread – Great Thread to share your posts in and also see what other travel bloggers are writing.

Other

Triberr – Triberr is an awesome way to create connections with other bloggers. Basically you share posts by other bloggers and they share yours. I love that, but what I love most is that you really get to know other bloggers through their posts.

*Some of these links are affiliate links, meaning I would get paid if you purchased something from the. I only recommend products and services I believe in and all affiliate sales are used to support the upkeep and growth of this blog. Thank you in advance for your support.

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