Here is everything I use to manage my food blog, The Chic Life (https://thechiclife.com) and why I use it.
I’ve spent (combined) hundreds of hours researching the best tools, software, and equipment to use. Hopefully I can save you some time by sharing what I use and why I use it.
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- Akismet: handles my spam comments
- Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collection (recommended by theme)
- Contact Form 7: makes my Contact page
- Genesis eNews Extended: helps me add my non-pop-up email optins
- Genesis Favicon Uploader
- Jetpack by WordPress.com: use the Site Stats and Related Posts functionality primarily
- Search Meter: helps my readers search my site while also tracking search terms (anonymously)
- Simple Social Icons: displays tiny social icons
- Social Warfare: displays the share buttons at the end of each post
- Tasty Recipes by WP Tasty: formats my recipes for easier use for my readers with Google rich snippet formatting to get my recipe photos and ratings to display in Google search results
- Yoast SEO Premium: makes SEO easy for me – has helped me rank Google page 1 for many keywords
Premium Theme: Authority Pro
Photography / Videos / YouTube
Cameras and Equipment
- iPhone X: My camera when I’m too lazy to use my Canon G7X or DSLR
- Canon G7X: My go-to camera for taking photos on the go since it fits so easily in my slim purse – great for travel photography and vlogging (you can connect this camera to your phone to download photos immediately for quick posting to Instagram, etc.)
- Nikon D7000 (Nikon D7200 is the current version): My preferred DSLR for food photography thanks to its amazing colors and quality – I’ve had this for several years, and it still works great
- Nikkor f1.4 50mm lens: Gets that nice blurry background that gives photos that professional look
- Canon 80d (video creator kit): My preferred DSLR for recording non-vlog videos for my YouTube channel
- Rode Mic: To help my YouTube video audio quality (included in the video creator kit linked above)
- Lightroom (via Creative Cloud): for editing photos quickly and efficiently – my preferred photo editing tool
- Photoshop (via Creative Cloud): for adding text to photos/graphics, making shareable Pinterest graphics, YouTube thumbnails, logos, and more
- Canva: for making collages and adding fun text to photos/graphics, especially for pinnable graphics and YouTube thumbnails
- Final Cut Pro X: for editing videos for YouTube
- Afterlight: for editing photos
- Facetune: for whitening photo backgrounds – click here to see how I use it
- ImageSize: for re-sizing photos on my phone
- UNUM: for managing my Instagram grid
- WordSwag: for making quote graphics (though these days I’m using Canva more and more for this)
- Macbook 13 inch 2017: for everything!
- Laptop case: tomtoc – for helping keep my laptop safe
- 3 port USB hub: Amazon Basics – for allowing me to attach external hard drives and other USB devices to my Macbook
- USB 3 slot card reader: IOGEAR – for downloading photos and video
- 1 TB External hard drive: Seagate – for backing up my images and videos
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