Tools we use

Tools we use to build a free photography website

We thought it will be a good idea to start our blog with a little story behind Barn Images. We might not know what kind of advertising you see on the Google Adsense banners on our website, but all the other things we advertise are the tools we use, like and definitely recommend.

In this post you’ll find out about services we use to build the website and promote our project. This is not a step by step guide, but we hope you will find this post useful! And we’ll add more to it as we learn more. Enjoy!

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. We have experience with all of these resources, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

1. InMotion Hosting

When it comes to hosting a collection of hundreds of high-resolution images, finding a good hosting provider is an important step. We highly recommend InMotion Hosting. InMotion, that uses Solid State Drives, is one of the fastest WordPress hosting providers (according to this test). Besides that, these guys offer other nice features such as free domain, free site transfer, preinstalled WordPress and 90-day (!) full money back guarantee. If you consider them now, make sure to use this link to get up to 38% off hosting plans!

2. KeyCDN

KeyCDN is a reliable and high-performance CDN that is also one of the most affordable services on the market. Using their CDN Enabler plugin for WordPress, you can literally integrate the service with your WP website in minutes. If you want to try KeyCDN (free trial, no credit card required), use our referral link to get $10 in credits that equals to 250GB of traffic.

3. Adobe Creative Cloud

As photographers, we work a lot with visuals, and Photoshop and Lightroom are the main instruments in our arsenal. Adobe Creative Cloud provides all the tools you need to create, collaborate, and stay in sync. And if you are a student or a teacher, you can save big with 60% off Creative Cloud.

4. ThemeForest

The best place to look for a qualitative and beautiful theme is ThemeForest. At the moment they have more than 5,000 WordPress themes on sale. You can sort them by release date, trend, number of sales, rating and price.

5. Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the best services to store and share files. We use Dropbox for our personal needs, but also offer a dropbox access to all images to our Premium Subscribers.

6. MailerLite

MailerLite is the most affordable, simple and effective email marketing service you can find. It has beautiful email templates, great features like autoresponders, and is absolutely free if you have up to 1,000 subscibers. Learn why we decided to switch MailChimp to MailerLite and how can you choose the best Email Marketing service for your blog or small business.

7. Sumo

Sumo is a cool tool to build an email list and grow your website’s traffic. The Sumo tools are easy to install and work on any website.

8. Buffer

Buffer is a great and free tool for scheduling social media posting.

9. Quuu

Connected to Buffer, Quuu automates content to complement your social media based on your chosen interest categories. The content is all high quality and relevant because it’s curated by humans. You can also share your content with thousands of Quuu influencers across Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

10. FilterGrade

FilterGrade offers high quality Adobe Photoshop actions to photographers, designers, bloggers, and other creative people.

11. Gumroad

Gumroad is a powerful e-commerce platform for enabling creators to sell digital goods directly to their audience.

12. Trello

We love Trello! Easy to use, friendly UI, drag and drop support, labels – these are just a few features that makes Trello as an effective project management tool for easy collaboration.

13. Slack

There are many tools for team communication out there, but we’ve picked Slack. Here is what we like about Slack: channels, searchable content, file sharing, integration with other services (Trello, for example, or giphy) and mobile apps. Slack has a free subscription and if you use our link, you’ll get a $100 credit for a premium plan.


So, this is the list of the most important tools we need at the moment to run As I’ve mentioned before, the site is running on WordPress and, of course, it needs additional plugins to enable all the features we want and to optimize page load time. But this is a topic for another post.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, let’s discuss!

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  1. suruha

    I thank you for the photos. Gosh! There is quite a difference between your site and my simple ol’ blog! I know where to go if and when I get serious! Thank you!

  2. Lovely toolkit. I use about 90% of these in my wheelhouse for my freelance work.

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