4 Free Apps You Need For Designing Your Blog

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Here it is, the 4 free apps you need for designing your blog.

I started a blog! But let me tell you, the work I put into designing my blog began far before my first post went live.

I am a a full-time working mom of 2 young daughters, both under the age of 5. For me, this blog truly started as a side hustle. Making time to devote to its creation continues to consist of working during my lunch break, staying up late, and waking early in the morning before my girls wake up.

I’ve spent hours researching how to create and design a blog using WordPress and I’ve watched countless Youtube video tutorials. As a physical therapist, I spent a lot of time in school, however, website design was never in my curriculum. If I were to start over designing my website, these are the top 4 free apps I would use.


I love OneNote! OneNote is a dream for someone who writes everything down and has a hundred notebooks all over their house. Guilty! OneNote allows you to edit, copy and move pages on a whim. It truly is a dream as you can organize to your heart’s delight.

OneNote is a great place to start when creating and designing a new blog.  It can hold all your ideas when choosing a domain name, niche topics, as well as all your links to your social accounts for easy input when designing in WordPress.

As you focus on personal branding, OneNote is a perfect place to save hex codes and fonts as well as any presets you choose for editing photos. This will save you a ton of time during the design process and make WordPress site look extremely professional.

It probably goes without saying, but you can also write down your ideas for subject matter as well as entire posts! In fact, this post was written on an airplane (without wifi) and I just uploaded it when I got home!

I seriously could not live without OneNote. I love having everything in one place and I can work from my phone as well as laptop interchangeably without losing any information. When inspiration strikes, jot it down in OneNote.


Canva is a free app that is great for those of us that have no design background. It provides templates that are fully customizable, including pictures, fonts and colorways; allowing you to create photo collages, layouts, logos and more.

Unless you are outsourcing your web design, you are probably working through it on your own. And, if you are anything like me, this will be your first time.

Canva made it so easy to create a professional looking site and better yet, maintain the integrity of my branding across many social media platforms like IG and YouTube with the provided customizable templates. Canva does have a paid version as well but at this point in my blogging career, the free version suits just fine.

See my logo and banner/photo collage that I designed in Canva on my landing page!


Lightroom is a dream to work with when editing your photos. I first use the crop tool to straighten my photo and save it to the appropriate size needed for whichever social media platform I may be uploading it onto.

Then I go to my presets. If you don’t have a filter that you already use, I highly recommend purchasing a package of presets. I bought mine from DiGi. 11 presets for under $25. And I use them multiple times a day.

Using the same preset or filter on all your photos will create a cohesive look throughout your blog. It will give your blog that recognizable quality that will work to your advantage and signal to your readers across other platforms that it’s you!


Pixelcut will allow you to remove the background of any photo. It is so quick and easy to use. The free version will only let you remove the background of a select number of photos, however, if you use my referral code when you download the app, you and I both get 10 fee cutouts.

Just enter my referral code in settings: MUPIZ5

Pixelcut is a great tool when you plan to overlap a few photos or place a photo over a different background. It is also wonderful if creating IG stories to feature an item if you are a small shop.

Once I remove the background of the photo with Pixelcut, I send it to Lightroom to add my preset and then send it to Canva to place into the template of my choice.

It may sound like a lot of steps  but hopefully knowing these steps in advance will make the creation of your blog that much smoother. The more you use the apps the more efficient you will become.

Let me know below in the comments of any other apps you love to use for designing your blog.

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