We are contacted about 365 days a year, to inquire about the tools, plugins, software, and services we use to operate our WittySparks blog. Therefore, we have decided to create a page to share these details, which would contain a list of hardware, software, tools, plugins or services used by WittySparks.
We hope that this would be helpful to people, be it fresh and upcoming bloggers in starting their new blog or enhancing their existing blog, or just anyone who is interested to learn about blogging.
The list contains all the free and paid services, tools, and products/devices, including paid resources that contain affiliate links. An affiliate link is the ones that take you to a separate website from the currently viewing website when you click on it. The benefit of having affiliate links on your website is to make extra money, for instance, when someone clicks on an amazon’s affiliate link on our website and makes a purchase on Amazon, WittySparks gets a commission, with zero cost to an individual or a business. All the products, services, and tools listed below are currently being used, or have been used in the recent past, by the website – WittySparks, and these have offered satisfying results so far.
Below is the list of services containing all the required details.
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- 1 Products/Devices
- 2 Website Details
- 3 Affiliate Networks
- 4 Lead Generation and Email Marketing
- 5 WordPress Plugins
- 6 Free Stock Photos
- 7 Free Illustrations
- 8 Payment Platforms
- 9 Social Media Marketing
- 10 Content Curation Tools
- 11 Other Tools
The most basic requirement to operate a website is to have a good PC or a laptop possessing decent configuration, in order to function smoothly, get the work done on time, and avoid facing inconvenience and other work-related issues. Hence, we use a high confirmation laptop for WittySparks, for which the specifications are given below.
- 15.6-inch 4K UHD Touchscreen
- Powerful 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ
- 1TB SSHD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics
- Comes with Windows 10 OS
This wonderful, small, compatible, portable, soft, easy-to-use, and battery-operated Bluetooth keyboard was received as a gift from Logitech. The keyboard is compatible with, both windows, as well as mac. It can be connected with up to 3 devices (PCs or laptops or smartphones) simultaneously, with the capability to switch between devices steadily and with ease. Personally, I am in love with this keyboard and it is my ideal preference at present.
This tiny, soft, user-friendly, easy-to-configure gaming mouse, that is highly adored by gamers, works on all kinds of surfaces, be it rough, uneven, smooth, as well as on glass, besides others. The mouse can be connected with up to 3 devices at a time, simultaneously.
All the images and videos used in product review-related posts published on WittySparks website are shot by this camera.
Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting – Powered By Google Cloud
I find Kinsta to be the best fully-managed WordPress hosting provider powered by Google Cloud, as the company takes care of all the needs pertaining to the website. It also promises to offer support seriously for its services that are run on cutting-edge technology.
AWS for Images:
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a great on-demand cloud computing platform for fast loading of images in various zones, at all times. This is on a paid subscription basis.
I used BigRock for my website domains purchases, including the domain used to register in my own country.
Claimed to be India’s no. 1 cashback, coupons, and price comparison website, CashKaro offers great deals and discounted prices. The website services are used by WittySparks to save money on every transaction or purchase made using Indian eCommerce websites. I suggest everyone to give it a try, whenever you plan to make online purchases.
The tool is not only used to manage affiliate links but also, is specially designed for bloggers to make money. Hence, WittySparks entered into affiliate marketing using this plugin.
This is a very useful plugin for affiliate marketers, especially those who have partnerships with various product and service providers, which you desire to offer to your readers, mainly when their products and services are related to your blog posts. The platform allows showcasing your own custom offers or discounted coupons, etc., to link using affiliate links. Not to mention that the best thing about this plugin is, it works right out of the box.
Lead Generation and Email Marketing
Wishpond is the super-easiest marketing platform across the world. It helps in generating, managing, and nurturing leads. It is a complete platform for marketers, offering a variety of services, which include tools for landing pages, contests and promotions, website pop-up’s, lead tracking and management, email marketing, referral suite, newsletter templates, and much more. It also provides native integration with leading sales, payment, analytics, and collaboration apps.
Once you are clear about what services you would like to receive from Wishpond, all you need to do is select either of the options offered by the website – “Do it Yourself” or “Done for You.” Once the option is selected, you can select the plan that best suits your requirements and get started right away. It’s that simple. In addition to this, Wishpond has a friendly and quickly responsive customer support team.
A wonderful and serious tool for the one who wants to instantly boost their business with their user-friendly lead generation tool. More than 700K websites are already using OptinMonster to monetize their website traffic into profitable leads, conversions, sales and we are one of them to build our trust across our readers.
A self-hosting, handy and well-designed newsletter plugin for WordPress to send millions of emails to your subscribers. With unlimited subscribers list creation and drag-and-drop email designer within WordPress, this is really a wonderful plugin for bloggers like us, where one can easily create automated Welcome Emails, schedule emails either through their own MailPoet Premium Sending Service or other SMTP hosts like Amazon SES, etc. We highly recommend to try their Free version, we are sure you’ll love this simple tool to enter into Email Marketing to take your business to the next level.
SEO helps in making your website rank higher in Google, as well as in other search engines. In my humble opinion, when it comes to best SEO plugins, there are only two great options to consider,
- All In One SEO
Among both, All In One Seo plugin is used for WittySparks, as it is found to be user-friendly.
This is a must-have plugin to use by bloggers, as it helps WordPress load fast. If you genuinely care about the performance of your blog, I highly recommend this plugin, as it is highly configurable, user-friendly, and helps WordPress blogs in improving their performances. The company claims that this is “recognized as the most powerful caching plugin by WordPress experts”
Every blog requires a Social Buttons plugin, after trying out many different plugins for WittySparks, but after a point, we were looking for a plugin that is professional and consistent-looking. I was introduced to this Easy Social Share Buttons and found it to be really easy to configure and compatible with all devices and resolutions. Besides these, the plugin offers some great features, which you can explore for yourself and decide if it fits your requirements.
OneSignal Push Notifications
I suggest this to be a must-have Free Push Notifications plugin, for those who are serious about the security of their subscribers. I recommend to look for one of the high-rated, paid plugins and purchase it.
Table of Contents Plus
As WittySparks publishes big articles/ posts, most of which are over 1000 words, maintaining a table of contents for every individual post would be advantageous for readers to jump to a specific section of his/ her interest while skipping the other content. Also, it helps to provide an overview of the blog post at a glance.
Free Stock Photos
A right choice of image is always sought after by designers and bloggers. It can be difficult to find high-resolution images, especially to download for free. We use and modify our images from the below websites for WittySparks website posts. They offer not only free images but also the high definition and vast variety of images. A heartfelt thank you to these websites for making our job a bit easier with their tremendous services.
FreePik – Free Vectors, Stock Photos, PSD and Icons
Freepik is one of the leading search engines for a free and premium high-quality graphic design resource, stock photos, exclusive illustrations, unique icons, vector graphics and more. These resources can be used for both personal and commercial projects, we use these resources to build an exclusive and eye-catching featured images for our blog posts.
- unDraw: Awesome collection of Free / Open-source creative illustrations for every project you can imagine (No attribution required).
This is considered to be the fastest and safest payment gateway across the world. Hence, PayPal platform is used to receive payments or profits generated for WittySparks website.
This platform is also used for payments by WittySparks, as it makes our job easy for global digital payments and online money transfer.
Social Media Marketing
- Buffer – Plan, collaborate and publish thumb-stopping content that drives meaningful engagement and growth for your brand.
Content Curation Tools
- Refind – Discover, read, and save the best links from around the web.
- Pinterest – A platform to discover useful information, ideas, and inspiration from around the web.
- MIX – Mix shows your content matched to your interests, recommended by friends and followers.
- Flipboard Magazine – Flipboard is a news and social network aggregation magazine tool to discover the top and new updates from around the world.
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This was the first tool I’ve had used to create high-quality videos that are published on our YouTube channel. This is a great video tool to consider, especially for a YouTuber or a tutorial maker, as it is user-friendly and provides a decent screen recording feature.
I hope these resources were useful. If you find this information helpful, or if you have any suggestions to make or know better tools and services, whatever may it be, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. It would be a pleasure to receive your feedback.