Ben’s most recommended tools & resources!
You have now arrived at the Hear Ben Speak recommendations page. Below you will find a list of various resources, tools and apps that I highly recommend. I have personally tested all the products below. Therefore, I’m sure you will find them as useful as I have. To make it easy for you, I have divided this page into various sections. As of now, they are Web Hosting, Website Plugins, Graphic design and Plagiarism Detection.
If you’re planning on creating your own website, there are two major parts to consider. Creating the actual website & hosting the site on the internet. To create your website, there are plenty of website builders you can check out here. However, I would highly recommend WordPress, particularly if you want to build a blog. This is because it was originally designed FOR blogging. WordPress currently powers more than 30% of all internet sites (blogs, businesses, portfolio sites etc) alone. So you can be sure you won’t be disappointed. To that extent, there are actually two very different platforms-wordpress.org and wordpress.com. Without the right guidance, most beginners are likely to choose the wrong platform.
With wordpress.org, you can install the free software on your web server. However, you have to purchase your own web hosting plan to host your domain. The advantage is that you are free to do whatever you want with your site. On wordpress.com, all the domain hosting is done for you, but you are limited in what you can do. It is said that wordpress.org is much like owning a house, whilst wordpress.com is like renting one. Therefore, it is important that you do your research and take that into consideration. To actually host your domain on the World Wide Web, I strongly urge you to use SiteGround. With a 99% satisfaction rate among its clients and unparalleled support and security, you will definitely have a solid foundation on which to your website.
To add more functionality to your website, here is a list of plugins you definitely want to try out:
Jetpack (by wordpress.com)
Smush (by WPMU DEV) for image compression
Ok… I’m certainly not a graphic designer, but I have had the need to do some graphic designing. There are LOTS of different graphic design software packages out there. As a result, they all have their inherent strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, some people would be better suited to certain types than others. However, I would recommend that you try out Cava. It’s straightforward and dead-easy to use. I was creating graphic designs within 24hrs of opening my account. I’d never done any graphics designing before and absolutely LOVE it!! Get your free Canva account over here today!
All university students know how serious plagiarism is. I was once a student myself and knew that it was something to avoid at all costs. However, writing material for a website is slightly different. You see, the assignments students complete is generally put up for assessment. On the other hand, the posts on your website aren’t being “marked”. Yes, people do read, review and share, but there’s no intense scrutiny. Nevertheless, the internet is absolutely MASSIVE. This makes it very likely that someone has already written about your topic. More importantly, your sentence phrases could inadvertently match theirs! Now, it doesn’t have to be a huge percentage similarity. But it could be enough to fall under the plagiarism category. That’s what you need to stay clear of, and I’ll show you how.
When writing posts for your website, you need to be aware of this. You don’t want your writing to bear too much similarity to another person’s. But with billions and billions of web pages online, how do you cross-check? Or, even find the time to do so? Well, that’s actually quite a straightforward process. All you need is plagiarism detection software/checker. Now, you will find lots and lots of recommendations online. They’re even free ones available.
However, the one I personally suggest you try is Quetext. This plagiarism checker is world-class and millions of people use it across the globe. It uses DeepSearch, the most powerful plagiarism detection system ever. If you want to start benefitting from it, open your Quetext account today. NB: You can’t do much with the free plan. I wouldn’t even bother with it really. Open your account and just sign up for Quetext PRO right away. Good luck!