It’s All Free

Andy Paddock
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Before you take the giant leap into having or building your first website there is a vast amount of FREE stuff that you can use before taking the plunge.

The first item on the list is helping me write this blog post, I’m not a grammar wizard and sometimes the speed I type doesn’t lend itself to accurate spelling or punctuation. I have Grammarly installed/activated and it’s checking my spelling and grammar as I type in much the same way as you would get in a word processing application.

As I have it running as a browser extension any and all the work that i do in a web browser (Google Chrome) is being checked for me, so all my Facebook posts, Tweets, and blog posts and all for free (there is a paid version).

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Grammarly is a writing tool that helps you check for several types of errors. It detects grammar and punctuation mistakes – basic to advanced. It also provides real-time suggestions and guidelines on how to correct these mistakes. It’s also a robust spell-check tool that keeps your writing mistake-free.

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And Secondly

I’ve always been struck by the number of free images available to use, even for commercial use, sites like Pixabay and Unsplash offer royalty free images to use on your site, in many cases they will also provide a commercial alternative to your image search.

One of the best sites for those of you selling branded products is Graphic Pear and PSD-Covers both sites offer product mock ups for you to add your text or logo to. You can see this in the featured image for this blog, I didn’t have a balloon printed with my logo I just used a mock up from Graphic Pear and added my logo for the desired effect.

*You’ll need to have Photoshop to be able to create these images.

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