50 Awesome Free Tools For Startups

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Most startups are on a shoe-string budget, and there arent enough hours in the day! Maximise your time and minimize your costs by using some of these great free tools from around the web.

 

WEBSITE

Wordpress.org | Wordpress.com: One of the easiest ways to get up and running online. Wordpress has an abundence of free themes and plugins to get you started.

HTML5 UP: Collection of beautiful, free HTML5 and CSS3 site templates.

Bootswatch: Collection of free themes for Bootstrap.

Templated: A collection of 845 free CSS & HTML5 site templates.

 

LOGO

Cooltext: Here you can create a variety of logos for free.

Hipster Logo Generator: It’s Hip, It’s Current, It’s Stylish, It’s Hipster.

Fiverr. Ok, this one isn’t free, but for $5 (€4.60ish) you can get a professionally designed logo. Fiverr offers loads of graphic design and video services for pittance.

 

BUSINESS NAME

The Name App: If you think you have an original business name, this tool will tell you if the domain name is available, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram usernames.

Short Domain Search: Great tool to find short, single-word, available domains.

Impossibility: The best domain name generator ever.

Wordoid: Suggests short, catchy, available domains.

 

FIND RELEVANT CONTENT

Feedly: Great tool for suggesting relevant articles foryour business.

Buffer Daily: Tinderesque iOS App for suggesting content, swipe right to add to your sharing list.

Buzzsumo: On Buzzsumo you can check what content works well for your competitors. The free version is limited however.

Digg: Similar to Feedly, on Digg you can pick your topics and get suggested content for your niche.

 

SEO

Ahrefs: Check how many backlinks point to your site, and to the sites of your competitors.

Keywordtool.io: Free alternative to Google Keyword Planner.

Google: Analytics | Webmaster Tools An essential bundle of tools. Use Webmaster Tools to improve your search engine ranking, and Google Ananlytics to track your traffic.

XML Sitemaps: Sitemap generator that creates XML & HTML maps needed to upload to Webmaster Tools.

Bitly: Great link shortening tools that allows you to track the clicks and performance of your links.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Buffer: Great tool for scheduling your social media posts.

Hootsuite: Same idea as Buffer. Both offer paid versions so its a matter of opinion which you prefer but I think you get more from the free version of Buffer than the free version of Hootsuite.

IFTTT: Great app for linking various social media accounts. IFTTT allows you to automate a number of ‘recipes’. For example, if you add a new contact to your phone, it can automatically add them  on Linkedin.

Justunfollow: Follow/unfollow people on Twitter & Instagram.

Manageflitter: Twitter analytics, see who has unfollowed you and get stats on your followers.

Ritetag: Great to see how well your hashtags perform, and for suggesting related hashtags.

Filament: Great stylish looking, floating share bar for your posts.

Disqus: Build a community of active readers & commenters.

 

IMAGING

Canva: Create beautiful graphics, social media banners, infographs etc….for free!!

Social Image Resizer Tool: Create optimized images for social media.

Meme Generator: Make your own ‘hilarious’ memes.

GIMP: Powerful, free alternative to photoshop.

 

BUILDING MAILING LISTS

Contact form 7:  Extremely handy Wordpress plugin to collect email addresses.

Mailchimp: Send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free.

 

FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

Stock Up:  All the best free photo websites.

All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.

Unsplash: Free high-resolution photos.

Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi res photos & videos.

 

ICONS

Fontello: Icon fonts generator.

Flat Icon: A search engine for 16000+ glyph vector icons.

Icon archive: Great source of beautiful, free icons.

 

GET DISCOVERED!!

Angellist: Where the world meets startups.

Beta List: Discover and get early access to tomorrow’s startups.

StartupLi.st: Find, Follow & Recommend startups.

 

 

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