Not a Graphic Designer nor a Web Developer? No Problem! DIY with TWO Easy Tools

March 29th, 2019

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Understandably everyone wants to be able to whip up attractive graphics for social media without having to hire someone like me or learn Adobe Photoshop. Not to mention, many of us are making images on our smartphones and tablets.

And despite WordPress having unlimited themes to choose from, it still can take alot of work to build and manage a WP website. Plus what happens when you get hacked or can’t keep up with all the updates?

Even someone like me who is a graphic designer and web developer LOVES these tools that are available out there today. Like everyone else, I value my time and having peace of mind. I have two tools that help me achieve that.

Here are my recommendations for those who want to DIY:

Get a 7-day Free Trial of PicMonkey

Whether you are on your smartphone or tablet or at your desktop or laptop computer, PicMonkey is my tool of choice. You can edit images or photos, or choose from the 3000+ image library that comes part of your account.

Believe it or not, this tool can create ads, invitations, business cards, postcards, flyers, and of course social media images at the size and specs you need. It comes with over 200 fonts and over 2000 templates.

This tool saves me ALOT of time. Not to mention, if there’s an urgent need and I am not in my office or with my laptop, I don’t sweat it like the old days! PicMonkey can handle it.

And if you just need to clean up photos, or do some serious photo editing like changing eye colors, removing blemishes or masking out parts of images, it’s really easy!

Probably my favorite thing that I can do on PicMonkey is collages. There is no easy way to do so in Photoshop. But using this app, it’s a piece of cake!

I suggest trying out for yourself. You can click this link to sign up for a free trial. I’d love to hear what you think!

Great looking pics in two clicks, thanks to PicMonkey's photo editing tools

Weebly - Websites, eCommerce & Marketing in one place.

Need to build a website but you don’t have the money to hire someone or the time to learn? Here’s a solution.

Weebly will make this easy for you! You don’t even have to pay right away. In fact, you don’t have to pay at all if you don’t mind have a URL with the Weebly name in it, like “yourwebsite.weebly.com”.

Because Weebly is your your all-in-one website and content management system (CMS), which I refer to as a self-hosted website, you don’t have to spend any time shopping for and signing up for a separate webhost service. And you can get your domain through Weebly too.

You also save so much time not having to do any of that dreary file installation work. And you’ll only have to worry about managing one account for your website.

Other concerns that normally come with maintaining a website are keeping your CMS and plugins up to date with the latest versions. Not to mention, deciding WHICH plugins you will need? One to back up your website, one to provide security, another to add SEO, etc… Well, a Weebly website comes with a backup service and security. If your Weebly website ever does get hacked, it is Weebly‘s headache – not yours! We all know that WordPress websites are being hacked thousands of times a day with thousands of hack attempts every hour. Weebly takes care of the security. That is the “peace of mind” that I referred to earlier. The drawbacks to a self-hosted website like Weebly are:

There aren’t thousands of plugins created for Weebly at your disposal on the web. However, the problem with having all those plugins to choose from, like what is true for WordPress, is there is no quality control. So many plugins have been abandoned, are outdated, or they have viruses and malware. And it’s your responsibility as well as your choice when you add plugins to your website and to your server. I had one nightmare situation where 4 of my websites were infected with malware because they were all on the same webhosting account. (You can read my crazy story here.)

You can’t edit the code, ever. Since this article really is for those who aren’t web developers, perhaps you won’t ever have this problem. As a web developer, there are always changes that I want to do myself, or that the web building tools just aren’t doing things the way I want them to do. I get frustrated, of course! But then I remember that the limited access is also what gives me peace of mind. The security locked in place on a self-hosted website.

Weebly - Websites, eCommerce & Marketing in one place.

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