I want to have a visually pleasing site and I’m sure you do too.
I also don’t want to spend an inordinate amount of money on making this website beautiful. Aside from paying bluehost for my domain, I have spent $0 on this blog. Here’s where I get my photos, logos, social media icons, and everything else that goes into making your blog look professional and personalized.
(Disclaimer: I use the Modern Studio Pro theme and I got that through Praxis.)
I find almost all of my photos on Pexels, Unsplash, or Picjumbo. If I can’t find what I’m looking for there, there are tons of similar websites with stock photos that you can download and use free of charge. This blog post has a list of the top 50 places to find free images.
Logos or Blog Images with Words:
To make these I use Canva or Snappa. I should note that with a free Snappa account, you can only download 5 files each month. But I’ll take that over paying $10 each month. And Canva gives you the option to create charts and graphs! (While these aren’t really necessary for a blog, I love numbers and I love color. Making Canva charts is like my secret obsession.)
Social Media Icons:
If you haven’t noticed, I have some lovely teal social media icons off to the right. I found these by scouring Pinterest. There are tons of bloggers who offer free downloads on their websites and Pinterest is the best place to find them. Overall, Pinterest is a great place for any type of visual inspiration or help. And Creative Market has 6 free goods every week and it’s good to check their site frequently (Creative Market sells photos, themes, fonts, among other things).
If you’re building a site through WordPress, do not be afraid to play around with your theme and customize the different elements. Whether your site is free or self-hosted, WordPress gives you a lot of options in the things that you can change and alter. This will help your website stand out from among the hundreds of blogs populating the internet today.
And that’s how I keep my site pretty and practical on the cheap. I hope this was helpful for you and that you can use the sites I’ve listed to improve your blog or website.