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Mervi Emilia Eskelinen
Content management and blogging
A comprehensive and flexible content management system. My first choice. Open source, free, and comes with many free modules for extending.
Content management system and hosting in one. Drag and drop, popular amongst non-developers.
Self-hosted blogging platform. Quite popular. There are many free and paid plugins and themes for extending.
Hosting and domains
My new hosting (affiliate link). Low prices, lots of features.
Where I buy my domains. Good pricing, straightforward purchasing.
Online business tools and platforms
A membership and crowdsourcing platform (affiliate link). Get a regular source of income from supporters who've pledged to you through this platform. Give them rewards from supporting you.
Very popular ecommerce platform (affiliate link). Easy for beginners, simple and offers many features. Not for complicated and big web stores.
A platform for creating, hosting, and selling your own online courses. Flexible and offers many features. Comes with a couple of pricing options and a free version to start with.
A popular email marketing service. Slightly high pricing, with no free option. Highly praised by some small business owners.
Email marketing with lots of features and reasonable pricing. The lower price options are limited, and there's no free option.
Email marketing built for bloggers, with a bit steep pricing. No free option. Many bloggers swear by this service.
Email Design Inspiration
A gallery of beautiful HTML emails to help inspire your next email design. Browse the gallery and submit your own designs for viewing.
Simple email marketing service. Limited free option. Drips and custom HTML in paid options.
Email marketing for beginners. Free and paid plans. Not a great customer service.
Email marketing service. Limited free and extended paid options. Changed its payment structure recently.
Hosted blogging platforms
Hosted blogging platform and community. Popular and comes with community features. Easy, and you can use your own domain too.
Hosted blogging platform with a community. Popular amongst younger people, easy. You can use your own domain too.
Hosted blogging platform with lots of features. Free and paid plans.
Lovely and simple read later service, with offline reading capability. Completely free and connects with Kindle.
A bookmarking/read later service with recommendations and other features. Free and comes with offline reading feature.
Scheduling and automation
Nice and simple scheduling tool. The free plan is quite limited.
Social media management and scheduling tool, which I use sometimes. Free and paid plans. Lots of features.
Powerful and free task automation tool. Free and can be used with many services and devices. Automate your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and much more.
A service for scheduling social media content. Includes Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Platform for handcrafted, mousemade designs. Lots of unique fonts, stock photos, WordPress themes and much more.
Design inspiration, freebies and tutorials. Updates often with lots of free resources.
Colour palettes based on delicious photography. Use as design inspiration.
Free and paid PSD files, fonts, graphics, and web design resources. Lots of lovely stuff.
Design, tutorials and freebies. Vectors, PSDs, images, brushes, and more.
Free and paid photo-realistic mockups. Lovely and flexible.
Free beautiful stock photos for personal and commercial use.
All sorts of cool digital design resources, such as brushes and patterns. Free, provided you credit the source. Offers also credit-free licenses for a small fee.
Fun free patterns for personal and commercial use.
Free images and videos you can use anywhere, in personal or commercial use.
Premium and free design and web resources. Logos, WordPress themes, vectors and other graphics.
Tutorials and resources for web designers. Mockups, icons, social media buttons, and much more.
Beautiful free public domain photos. Updates frequently and is currently growing a lot.
Free sound effects, clips, and tunes. Creative Commons and Public Domain licensing.
Free pattern textures. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.
*The Graphics Fairy LLC*
Free vintage images and more. Use in web design and prints.
High-resolution public domain stock photos. Free for personal and commercial use. Updates weekly.
A List Apart
"For people who make websites." Articles which explore the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
A blog by Chris Spooner. Full of design tutorials, free resources and inspiration to help you have fun creating cool stuff.
Design your way
Resources for web designers and developers.
Drupal web design gallery. Browse through lovely Drupal powered websites and subscribe your own designs.
drupal sites network
Directory that lists websites powered by the open-source content management system Drupal. Aims to demonstrate the flexibility of Drupal.
A flexible and robust open source content management system. My #1 choice of CMS with scalability,
News and articles about accessibility and web standards, in Finnish.
Magazine for and by web designers and developers. Their primary goal is to deliver quality content for the web development and design community.
Brings affordable technology education to people everywhere in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world. Learn web design, coding and other tech skills.
Vandelay Design Blog
Equipping creatives, small business owners, and entrepreneurs with the right tools to make their business venture a success.
We are Colorblind
Informing and educating web designers and everyone who works with colour about colourblindness. "About 8% of the male population has some sort of color blindness."
The blog of Buffer, a social media automation tool. Thoughts on social media and online marketing.
Social Media Today
An online community and resource for social media and marketing professionals, content creators and more. Articles and information about social media and marketing.
Multi-channel social media analytics for small businesses, brands and agencies. Designed for marketers.
Business and coaching
Useful tips and product reviews for living the practical life. By Neena Nandagopal, a former CPA turned professional blogger.
Guides and ideas by April Bowles-Olin, a creative business consultant. Blog posts, courses and more.
Teaching artists how to successfully sell their handmade goods online, and to feature the newest handmade, vintage and supply items found around the web
Information and education about handmade businesses, organisation and marketing by a Panamanian artist Mayi Carles,
Helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs to skip the fluff so they can create an online business.
Lifestyle and wellness
Honestly . . . WTF?!
A lifestyle blog that curates stories covering fashion, art, travel, interior design and DIY.
Dr. Nadine Thornhill, Ed.D.
Blog, videos and workshops by your friendly neighbourhood sex educator.
pia jane bijkerk
A visual storyteller exploring life's lessons, experiences, and ideas through each of her senses.
A novel community, company and portal for a new way of life in every step of your journey.
Creativity and art
Aria Glazki Writes
Information and blog of a published romance writer. Musings about writing and publishing, and occasional flash fiction.
The blog of my Second Life avatar. Product reviews and general thoughts about life in a virtual world.
Cristina Dalla Valentina
A blog of an Italian artist, whose main media is acrylic, often used with watercolour, gouache, printing of objects and collages.
Beautiful blog by a Finnish art director, illustrator and designer Jutta Rikola.
Collection of drawings, doodles and sketches by designers and illustrators of their cats.
* N i c e s t T h i n g s *
Beautiful blog of the nicest things by Vera, a freelance photographer and stylist. In German.
Various licensed product lines, how-to lifestyle videos, and a daily blog with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life.
Paper & Stitch
Catalog of inspirations (DIY, interiors, food, fashion and travelling) by Brittni Mehlhoff.
susupetal art gallery
Art gallery by a Finnish blogger, SusuPetal. Different kinds of art projects and paintings.
The Jealous Curator
Turning jealousy into get-your-ass-back-in-the-studio inspiration.
Design and fashion
An inspirational resource focused on design, typography, minimalism and modernism.
One of the best-known design blogs in the world.
Design blog with interior design, modern furniture and art.
I Love Typography
A blog about typography, type design, and lettering, and for the pages, words, and letters born of those disciplines.
Unapologetic political fashion blog written by Muslim-Iranian Hoda Katebi.
A small, independent publisher of books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity.
An independent, irreverent news outlet and network of innovators working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.
Your source for green design & living news, commentery and advice.
Green Kitchen Stories
Healthy and simple vegetarian food with natural ingredients, whole grains, good fats, fruit and vegetables.
Easy to follow vegan Indian and other cuisine recipes with step-by-step photographs.
A little world of delicious vegetarian food and compassionate plant-based living with easy easy-to-understand information, tips and recipes.
What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today ?
All kinds of breakfast recipes with gorgeous photos.