I thought it would be helpful to provide a resources page, listing all of my favourite products and services that I use to run caseyjade.com. These resources will get you started on the road to building and growing your blog! If you have any questions about any of the products or more specifically about setting up your blog, please feel welcome to send me an email and I’ll do my very best to help out.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and would not recommend any product or service that I do not 100% support.
Bluehost– When you first setup your blog you will need to choose a hosting company. Bluehost is a great option for new bloggers; their setup is quick, easy and very affordable. They also offer free domain registration which is a great bonus.
Thesis – Thesis is the theme I use and is such a great option if you want to customise the design of your site without having to be fluent in CSS or HTML. It offers great features for Search Engine Optimisation and Google rankings. There is a wonderful community forum, where you can go for help. I’ve spent more hours than I wish to admit in the forum!
Genesis – The Genesis framework is another wonderful option if you’re looking for a premium theme. Although I don’t use it, my partner and several friends use it and love it! You will need to purchase the Genesis Framework and also a child theme. There are loads of gorgeous themes to choose from and the user friendly interface makes it easy for beginners who have little experience in web design.
Food Blogger Pro – This is an amazing resource for budding food bloggers who are looking to either start or grow their food blog! I can’t tell you how much time it would have saved me if this resource had been around when I launched my blog. There are hundreds of helpful videos where they walk you step by step through all the different areas that are necessary for getting your food blog up and running. Another wonderful feature is the community forum where you can ask questions and connect with other food bloggers. It’s honestly like having a friend help you through the process and makes learning not only fun but easy!
Tasty Food Photography – Photography is such an important part of running a food blog and can have a huge impact on the success of your blog. As my photography has improved, so has the traffic. It’s a lot of fun looking back through my archives and seeing how my images have improved over the last year and a lot of that is down to an absolutely invaluable resource called ‘Tasty Food Photography’. Lindsay is such a wonderful teacher, she takes what can be quite a complicated topic and breaks it down so that the information is accessible to anyone willing to learn. She covers topics such a lighting, composition, styling, editing and developing a workflow. If you’re interested in improving your food photography skills, I highly recommend this book. You won’t regret buying it!
Plate to Pixel – This book is simply stunning! Helene’s pictures are like artwork and are incredibly inspiring. Her book is full of wonderful tips and tricks and is a must read for anyone looking to improve their food photography skills. My advice would be to read Tasty Food Photography first and then delve into this book.
Indoor Lighting Unit – Lowel EGO – While natural light is always best, if you live somewhere like I do where half the year we live in darkness, you’ll definitely need an artificial light to shoot your images. It’s also great if you have a busy schedule and need to take your photographs in the evening when the sun has gone down. I recently invested in this light and I am seriously in love. I didn’t think it would be possible to love a light so much but it’s made such a noticeable difference to the quality of my images. It’s easy to use and doesn’t take up much space to store. I got by using a cheaper artificial light for over a year and while I’m so grateful to now have it, I wish I’d invested sooner.