These are the tools that I use for different aspects of each website and Social Media page that I run. Be aware that you do NOT have to use these that I list. If you’re using tools that you feel comfortable with, stick with them. And yes, I do get a little kickback on these links, so I do appreciate if you decide to buy.
Website Hosting and domain:
Bluehost: This site and the others I have are hosted on Bluehost.com. If you’re new to Bluehost you can get a free domain name with your hosting account.
WordPress: It’s free, it’s the standard, and most reputable hosting companies have automatic installs. It’s not 100% easy to get started, but there are plenty of tutorials out there.
I use two different themes on my sites.
Relentlessly Fair in on the Genesis Framework from Studio Press
My other sites use X-Theme from Themeforrest
You can always use any free theme that you find, but I find that the high quality paid themes usually have better support.