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Welcome to the Wild Side resource library!

I’ve spent several years of business putting this together (through trial and error, long nights spent Googling and LOTS of blog post reviews). I hope that it helps you save time! Because let’s be honest – there are a million other things you’d rather be doing.

Disclaimer: some of these links are affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small compensation if you buy something. However, I only post links to services I have tried and truly believe in.

INSPIRATION

For everything from colors, typography, branding, websites & more

PINTEREST

free
My go-to for all inspiration. Every single project starts as a Pinterest board and evolves from there. It’s also a great way to market your business.

DRIBBBLE

free
Another portfolio site for designers to share their work. It has a cool social side too – they also have a meetups feature, which allows designers to connect and meet in person.

BEHANCE

free
Created by Adobe, this is a very graphic design-centered platform. There’s a lot of amazing artwork for inspiration and another good way to have your work found.

FONTS IN USE

free
If you’re looking for real-life typography inspiration, look no further. This site has a huge library of images classified by the fonts used in the artwork. You can even search by industry.

AWWWARDS

free
If you’re looking for website inspiration, this is the place to go! Beyond the site of the day, there are tons of amazing websites that are easily categorized for browsing.

GRAPHICS

Some of my favorite places to get pre-made artwork, mockups & templates

CREATIVE MARKET

free & premium
A personal favorite, CM has millions of users and items for sale. You can find anything from fonts, mockups, logo templates, stock photos and more. They also offer 6 free items every week.

GRAPHIC RIVER

premium
One of the most popular branch of the Envato marketplace, Graphic River is dedicated solely to graphic design. It’s a great place to get product mockups – they have some really niche-specific ones!

ENVATO ELEMENTS

premium
Envato’s latest venture is a monthly, all-inclusive subscription approach to premium graphics. Their collection is growing all the time, and so are their monthly fees – so sign up quick!

FLATICON

free & premium
Run by Freepik, this site is the one-stop-shop for icons. They have awesome features like the ability to generate an icon font or seamless pattern. You can download free with an author credit or pay monthly.

FREEPIK

free & premium
A great option if you don’t want to pay for premium graphics – in exchange for an author credit, you can use any of their millions of designs (and growing). Or you can pay monthly with no author credit.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The best free and premium photo and image websites

PIXABAY

free
An ever-growing library of nearly a million Creative Commons licensed images. They have a great search feature, but their Editor’s Picks library is definitely the place to start.

PEXELS

free
A recent favorite of mine, Pexels is similar to Pixabay but has a more curated library. They’ve chosen only the best, high quality and most relevant images. The search feature is great as well.

SHUTTERSTOCK

premium
If you’re looking for premium, professional grade photos with tons of options to choose from, Shutterstock can’t be beat. Their amazing tag system helps you narrow down to exactly what you’re looking for.

UNSPLASH

free
More artsy in style, Unsplash features new, Creative Commons licensed images every week. The photo quality is fantastic, but the search options, not so much. Prepare to scroll. And scroll.

FONTS

Best websites for free fonts, premium fonts and font pairing

MY FONTS

premium
One of the largest marketplaces for premium fonts out there! Don’t miss their Monotype Library subscription – it provides you unlimited access to over 2,200 fonts for only 20 dollars/month.

FONT PAIR

free
Ever feel like you have a really hard time to find the right font pairings? Well, you’re not alone. This website has tons of real life examples and suggested pairings to get your wheels churning.

CREATIVE MARKET

free & premium
Some of CM’s top selling products are fonts! This is the jackpot for calligraphy and handwriting style fonts – which is a great, more affordable alternative to paying for pricey custom hand-lettering!

1001 FONTS

free
As you can probably tell from the name, this site has a LOT of fonts. Not all are free for commercial use (only personal) but there are tons of options to choose from. Check the license before downloading.

FONT SQUIRREL

free
This is probably the best curated collection of high-quality, free for commercial use fonts. It has great classification and style tag systems , or if you’re not sure what you want browse the Hot or Recent lists.

TYPEWOLF

free & premium
This is a great, all-around typography resource. Jeremiah (the author) has hundreds of fonts logged here with descriptions, usage, pairings, and more. He also offers some paid type resources.

DOMAIN & HOSTING

From plenty of experience (good and bad) these are the BEST places to go

GODADDY

premium
The go-to place to buy domains. GoDaddy has great prices, an easy to use management panel and fast service. They even offer your first .com domain for only 99 cents (for the first year).

SITEGROUND

premium
We’ve seen a LOT of hosting sites, and most were horror stories. Siteground has been nothing but amazing. The best? They have 24/7 chat support that will solve your issue in less than 20 minutes (we’ve counted).

WEBSITE

Not sure what platform to use? Here’s what I recommend.

WORDPRESS

free
The most popular website platform out there…you’ve probably heard of it. Even with the rise of other platforms like Squarespace, WordPress continues to be the BEST framework on the market. It’s content structure makes it the most SEO-optimized option right out of the box.

THEME FOREST

premium
For more premium WordPress theme options, Envato’s Themeforest is a great place to get started. With thousands of options, they have themes for every interest, industry and niche. They also offer premium Woocommerce themes.

DIVI THEME

premium
Of all the themes, plugins, and extras for Wordpress, Divi ranks above all. It has the visual editing power of Wix with unlimited design customization and optimized for content & SEO due to the WP framework. It’s sister theme, Extra, is specifically for magazine & blog sites.

CODE CANYON

premium
To add extra functionalities to your website, you’ll need plugins. Sometimes the free plugins from the WP library aren’t enough, which is why this site is important to save – thousands of plugins, most for less than $25.

WOOCOMMERCE

free
If you’re looking to open an online store, you’re probably heard of Shopify. However, Shopify gets real expensive, real fast, and the customization is limited. Woocommerce integrates seamlessly with WordPress (and Divi) to give you a FREE ecommerce solution customized to your design.

MARKETING

My favorite tools to help you spread the word about your business

MAILCHIMP

free & premium
If you have a website, you’ve probably heard that you should be capturing emails. Mailchimp is one of the most popular (and most reliable) email marketing platform out there, and they add new features all the time.

WISEL.IT

free
Do you schedule your Instagram posts ahead of time? Services like Buffer require you to hit the post button when the time comes, but not Wisel.it! Just upload the images, add description, and set a time. They post for you!

LUCKY ORANGE

premium with free trial
THE best investment I’ve made since starting my business, and that’s saying something! For only $10/month, Lucky Orange records every visitor’s experience on your website in real time. You can chat with them, generate heatmaps and more!

BUSINESS

Finally, some more tools that I love that help me run my business

DUBSADO

free & premium
Dubsado is a CRM made in heaven. Seriously. I’ve saved SO MANY HOURS of work. This platform is amazing and a must-have for all creative entrepreneurs. It’s free forever for up to 3 clients. Use code adventure to get 20% off!

ADOBE CC

premium
The Creative Cloud is essential for anyone serious about design or even just wanting to explore the world of visual editing. They have awesome discounts for students & teachers, so see what you’re eligible for when you sign up!

WAVE ACCOUNTING

free
After many many hours of frustration and confusion in Quickbooks, I finally found Wave. It was the solution to all my problems – great, fast Bank & Paypal integrations, easy transaction panel, and 100% free!

DROPBOX

free & premium
Dropbox pretty much wrote the book on online cloud storage, and for a good reason. I keep all my files here and share with clients so they can comment directly on the artwork. It also syncs to my computer automatically.

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