Andrea Schlottman

Andrea Schlottman

Andrea is an experienced content writer, copywriter, and editor with special interests in graphic design, sustainable development, travel, and literature. Originally from Texas, she has lived around the world and makes frequent trips to explore new places and visit family in Japan.

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Reviews

SITE123

SITE123 makes website building very easy, even for beginners. A user-friendly interface, helpful tips and tutorials, and 24/7 live chat are there to guide you through the entire process. The mobile-responsive templates and e-commerce features will be more than sufficient for some users. However, if you're planning on building a complex site, or if you're looking for more...

GoDaddy Website Builder

Powered by one of the biggest web hosts, the new-and-improved GoDaddy Websites + Marketing tool has its pros and cons. Other site builders might still have better templates and more advanced apps and plugins, but GoDaddy excels for its ease of use, personalized guidance, and responsive customer support.

Namecheap Logo Maker

A long-time player in domain registration and web hosting, Namecheap has recently moved into branding with the release of its Free Logo Maker. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology makes this logo maker very beginner-friendly and fairly robust. Just be careful about commercial rights! If that concerns you, I recommend hiring a professional logo designer for as little as $5...

Logaster

Logaster advertises “AI-generated logo design,” which should mean your logo is created by artificial intelligence according to your preferences. However, the platform falls short in terms of creative and personalized logos. It does have a uniquely generous unlimited editing policy, but I’d still suggest using a different solution. If you want to save even more money but you...

Vistaprint Logo Maker

Vistaprint’s logo maker is advertised as free, BUT it’s only free if you order printed merchandise through Vistaprint. If you were planning to order printing from Vistaprint anyway, then this logo maker is not a bad choice. Otherwise, I’d look for a better logo design option like hiring a professional logo designer for as little as $5 on Fiverr.

Shopify Logo Maker

Made by one of the biggest names in e-commerce, the Shopify logo maker, officially named Hatchful, is completely free to use. The logo templates and downloadable files are decent for a free tool, but the customization options are very limited. In terms of added value for your business, you’d be better off paying a little more to get more powerful customization capabilities and...

Jimdo Logo Creator

Coming from a company known for website building, Jimdo Logo Creator is intuitive and easy to use. You won’t have many logo templates to choose from, but the customizations are creative, and you can instantly download your logo for free. Just be sure to double-check on commercial usage rights!

Tailored Logo

A so-called “marketing and design consultancy,” Tailored Logo strives to be your one-stop shop for small and midsize business (SMB) branding. The company’s prices for logo creation are reasonable enough, but its design portfolio is pretty hit-or-miss. For more consistent quality at the same price, I’d hire a logo designer elsewhere (or even design my logo myself).

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is made by the same team that’s behind Illustrator and Photoshop. Unlike Adobe’s professional software, however, this platform is very beginner-friendly. Unfortunately, what you gain in ease of use, you lose in customization options and commercial rights.

LogoNerds

For a low-cost logo design service, LogoNerds is good enough. I did get a professional-looking logo for a very reasonable price, but the outdated website interface and slow, impersonal interactions made the design process less than pleasant. Read on to discover my favorite alternatives, including how you can hire a professional logo designer for as little as $5 on Fiverr.

FreeLogoServices

Don’t be fooled by the name – It’s free to design your logo at FreeLogoServices, but you’ll have to pay to download it. With lackluster templates and average customizations, I’d say there are much better logo makers to spend your money on. If you want to save even more money but you need a professionally designed logo, you should head to Fiverr and hire a logo designer for...

Blog Posts

6 Best Website Builders for Personal Academic Sites in 2021

Not every website builder comes with professional-looking templates suited to a personal academic website. And some don’t offer the most important features, such as the ability to add calendars, book office hours, and include downloadable links to papers. But here’s some good news: I’ve found the ones that do. I’ve scoured the internet for the best, easy-to-use website...

3.9
April 27, 2021
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5 Best Website Builders for Your Therapy Practice [2021]

All website builders claim to be the best for any purpose, but not all of them really give you everything you need to build a professional website for your therapy practice. When you work in such a sensitive field, it’s important to come across as credible. You don’t want to sign up for a website builder just because it seems easy to use, and then find yourself stuck with...

4.7
April 27, 2021
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Wix Pricing Plans 2021 – How to Avoid the Hidden Costs

The only thing that makes Wix pricing more complicated than the fact that it offers nine(!) different plans in two different categories - is the hidden costs. After I found myself paying ridiculous added fees even though I was on a (relatively) cheap plan, I decided that I’d had enough. I went on a mission and jumped head-first into the depth of Wix’s pricing secrets, to...

4.5
April 08, 2021
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60+ Logo Stats and Facts – New Fortune 500 List Research [2021]

Just how much do you know about logos? There are so many “best practices” in logo design that it’s easy to get lost in all that knowledge. But even the most experienced designers and biggest brand enthusiasts among us can always learn something new. That’s why we’ve done the research and are here to shake things up with the most up-to-date logo statistics from the...

4.6
March 11, 2021
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Elementor Review 2021: Does It Live Up to the Hype?

I’ll admit - when my editor asked me to write this Elementor review, I wasn’t too happy about it. I’d tried plenty of free WordPress builders in the past, and never managed to stick with any of them for very long. As a web designer, I always felt they were actually limiting me. Sure, I’d heard Elementor was a great WordPress page and site builder...but I was skeptical. How...

5.0
March 09, 2021
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10 Best Website Builders for Podcasts [Updated 2021]

Don’t make the mistake of building your site with the platform that hosts your podcast. It may sound tempting, but the website builders that come with many podcast hosting services generally only offer basic, generic websites. I’ll explain in a moment what I mean by that, but the solution is quite intuitive – to build a good website for your podcast, you'll probably want to...

4.8
March 07, 2021
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5 Best Logo Makers for Vintage & Retro Logo Designs 2021

The days of flat, flat, flat are over! Vintage logos are back in a big way. Brands as well-known as Mastercard, Chobani, and Kodak have all gone retro – bringing with them a variety of old-school design aesthetics like chunky serifs, heavy textures, and retro color schemes. Like these three logos show, the best retro logos are classic (but not kitschy),...

4.8
February 24, 2021
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9 Best Clothing Logos and How to Make Your Own for Free 2021

Selling clothing isn’t just about snazzy graphic tees, power-suit blazers, or on-trend accessories. It’s about selling your customers a better version of themselves⁠. To do that, you need to make sure your own brand is looking its very best—starting with your clothing line logo! Read on to explore 9 awesome logo examples or jump down to learn how to get your own logo for a...

4.4
February 24, 2021
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9 Best Letter Logos and How to Make Your Own for Free 2021

The simplicity of letter logos is exactly what makes designing them so challenging. Should you use a traditional font to project reliability, or go with something fun and curvy? What about color? White space? When your brand image depends on a single letter, every detail has to be just right. Wishing you could just hire a designer? Well, you can – and for far less money...

3.9
February 24, 2021
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5 Best Website Builders for Resumes & CVs (May 2021)

To catch the eye of recruiters and HR managers, you need more than just a basic resume site that looks nice. You need useful features – like a contact form that really works and the ability to let your visitors download files. As a freelance writer who basically survives on my online presence, I get it. And I’m not just compiling a list from other internet lists – I’ve...

4.3
February 23, 2021
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5 Best Website Builders for Authors and Writers in 2021

Can't wait to get started? Here is the BEST builder for writers in Even if you've never built a website before, Wix is your best choice. It's the only builder with a special template category for the literary arts. Not only that, but you can easily integrate your site with Amazon. Click here to get 50% off any Wix plan. Let's face it - many author websites look...

4.0
February 22, 2021
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4 Best 100% FREE Logo Makers That Are Actually Good in 2021

In a hurry? Here's the best way to get a professional logo in Free logo makers are fun, but did you know you can hire a designer on Fiverr to create a custom logo for you for as little as $5? I was surprised too, but when I tried it for myself, I was impressed with the results! Check out some great logo design samples here. There are many free DIY logo makers out...

4.2
February 18, 2021
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5 Best (FREE) Website Builders for Weddings in 2021

Sure, some website builders initially seem to be free… until all the hidden costs start to add up. The builders on this list are not only free, but they each offer something extra for your wedding website: event calendars, beautiful gallery layouts, and other small tools that make all the difference. I’m married myself, so I know what pre-wedding stress feels like – and I’m...

Wix Logo Maker Pricing 2021: Are There Any Hidden Costs?

No design service or tool is right for everyone. It’s super frustrating to invest hours designing your logo and then discover that you can’t use it freely, or that the price you paid doesn’t include the file formats you need. So before you spend precious time working your way through Wix Logo Maker’s artificial intelligence (AI) wizard and editing your logo, check out my...

9 Best Political Campaign Logos and How to Make Your Own [2021]

Political campaign logo design is always tricky. These logos must be powerful but never aggressive. Patriotic but never exclusionary. Unique and creative but still approachable and relatable. Forget the actual election⁠ – achieving this delicate balance is a feat of its own! In this guide, I'll tell you how to find a professional designer for an amazing price (click here...

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