Blogger Resources

Because I got some questions about building my blog, I thought that I could share some basic ideas and resource in terms of building my website. Some links below are affiliate links, which provide a little commission for me to create more great content.

HOSTING

If you want to build a website, the first thing to do is to find a place where your website “live.” You might have used Blogger or other BPS platforms for creating your blog, but if you want a website that is totally customizable and free of unwanted ads, you need a hosting to create a self-hosted WordPress site.

SiteGround: I’ve used two different hosts, and settled down on the second one ─ SiteGround.

Why I Choose SiteGround

How did I know SiteGround? Well, it all started from googling. I was not very happy with the speed from my first host (I don’t want to cause any harm so please don’t ask), so I googled and find that SiteGround was the No.1 in a recommended web hosting poll. And since I was using another host at that time, they provided a good price for transferring hosting. So I thought: it’s never hurt to give it a try. So, I jumped.

Web Hosting

And just in the first week, I really felt a difference in my site speed, which at least made me satisfied at that time because I realized later that it’s involved more than that. But what really makes me stay is their 24/7 services.

Since I’m in Taiwan, the working hours are different from that of most western countries. And at that time, CSS and PHP and JS were really Greek to me. So when I run into a problem, I really want someone there to help me. SiteGround’s 24/7 support service really helps me a lot.

Another thing is that since many people use their hosting, especially some web-instructive bloggers, I could easily follow the steps as the screenshot by those instructive bloggers. And their backend is more common and easy to understand compared to my first hosting experience. So, I stay.

WORDPRESS THEMES

I use Olsen Light with custom CSS and PHP. I do spend quite some time learning the coding stuff, so all I would say learn it or pay for it (like using a paid version or ask professionals)

EQUIPMENT FOR PHOTO & VIDEO

I bought my Canon EOS M2 in 2015 and use it for most of my photos and videos between 2015 – 2018. But one of the buttons doesn’t work right now and I want to take my photos to the next level, so I bought a Canon EOS 77D in early 2019. It’s a bit lighter and smaller compared to most DSLR cameras and I like its focusing speed.

Even though Canon EOS 77D is not so heavy, it’s still quite bulky to me if I just snap some clips for my videos. Hence, I bought a Canon G7 X Mark II in March 2019. It’s really light and handy. I’m mostly happy about it.

What I Currently Use

 Canon 77d body

相機 Camara

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

相機 Camara

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

 Canon 50mm f1.8 nifty fiftycanon 24mm f2.8

鏡頭 Lens

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

鏡頭 Lens

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

腳架 Tripod

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

LED

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

柔光罩 Softbox

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

麥克風 Microphone

Taiwan ︱ Amazon

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