Starting your own website or an online store may seem like such a daunting task, especially how or where to get started.
With the vast amount of free resources online, you will be spending most of your time sifting through, trying to develop a structured plan of action for your online store. To help you out, we have put together a list of useful resources that may come handy while you’re working on your online store.
Branding / Free Logo Generators
- Hipster Logo Generator: Sadly, only the low-res version is free.
- Canva: Simple drag-and-drop interface with great starter templates. You’ll need to register for an account though.
- Free Logo Design: Same with Hipster, only the low-res version is free.
Free Tasking / Collaborate applications
- Trello: Easy way of creating tasks and checklists and we use this almost daily. It’s not the prettiest but it keeps us on track with our to-do-lists.
- Slack: Our workplace MSN.
- Asana: We used this for a while as it comes with unicorn animations when you mark your tasks as complete.
Use these only if necessary as it’s best to use your own photography to appear more credible as an E-Commerce store.
- Iconfinder: I love search bars but make sure you search under “free”.
- Flaticon: Great database of icons and don’t forget to credit the author.
- FontAwesome: The holy grail of icons to use for the web.
Free Product Mockups
- Mockupworld: Here are some great packaging mockups you may use!
- Smart Mockups: Another site with a wide range of categories.
Free Image Editors/ Optimizers
If you don’t have Adobe Photoshop or any image editing tool, here are some free options to consider. Remember to consider optimizing your product images if they are too large as it will slow down the loading speed for your website.
- Pixlr: Quite a robust browser photo editor.
- Optimizilla: We use this often to compress images. Easy, breasy, optimizzy.
- TinyJPY: Another alternative if you prefer pandas over dinosaurs.
Free Monitoring/ Site Traffic
- Pingdom: A great way to monitor your website for free. Free for just one website, which is still as sweet.
- Google Analytics: Not forgetting Google Keyword Planner, Webmaster Tools, Trends.
- GTMetrics: View your page’s speed and performance. I prefer to use this over Google Pagespeed Insights.
Free SEO/Website Analyzers
- Ahref: Track your SEO rankings with this tool.
- SEO Site Checkup: Quickly find out if there are SEO problems with your site.
- Hubspot: Grade your marketing using this website.
- Coding for Her: We provide useful insights, articles and coding workshops that may just be right up your alley.
- Udemy: So many courses, so little time.
- Skillshare: Access to online classes provided by a large community.
If you find yourself lacking the time to delve deep in tutorials or prefer learning together in a small casual group, why not consider our 1-day guided workshop on how to set up your first online store?
At Coding for Her’s shopify workshop, you will not only learn basic HTML and CSS, but get a good understanding on how to customize your Shopify store for your branding. At the end of the day, you will have an E-Commerce website that is ready to launch and take online orders! Our Shopify workshop is tailored to entrepreneurs wishing (or dreading) to start their online store. If you are looking to create a different type of website, join our newsletter to stay updated as we will be organizing more workshops in the near future.
Do you have a favourite list of resources you use? Share with us in the comments!