Powerful and Free Tools for Content Creation
Lexis Solutions' recommendation for the best free tools for content creators.
Some time ago, Lexis Solutions presented you with a list of free resources for all UI designers. Now, our company has prepared one of the best free tools for content creators - some we use ourselves every time for our blog articles and highly recommend.
Good grammar is sexy
Always put editing and proofreading first! If the grammar in your copy is terrible - all the effort you might have put into research, visuals, etc., will become meaningless. So make sure there are no spelling mistakes, repeated words, or missing commas!
- Grammarly is a cloud-based typing assistant that reviews spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes in English texts. The platform also detects plagiarism.
- The Hemingway App is an editor that highlights and corrects grammar, fluency, and sentence structure to help your writing read and look better. It's a self-editing tool that allows you to write more concisely.
What is going on in the world right now?
Trends come and go - but it is better to notice them on time. Here are some websites where you could easily, and most importantly for free, see what the world is trending around.
- Google Trends analyzes the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across various regions and languages. The website uses graphs to compare the search volume of different questions over time.
- AlsoAsked.com organizes and displays "People Also Ask" data in Google search results. You can interact with this data on the site to explore it and export it to image graphs for quick presentation to clients or into CSV format to process it with other tools, saving a tremendous amount of time.
- Answer The Public is a keyword tool that visualizes search questions and suggests autocomplete searches in an image called a search cloud. Categories consist of the 5 Ws, plus 'how,' 'can,' 'are,' 'which,' and 'will.'
Do looks matter?
The eternal question - do looks matter? Regarding good content - yes, our brains process visual content more easily and 60,000 times faster than text...
- Canva is a graphic design platform to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content.
- Remove.bg allows you to easily erase backgrounds 100% automatically in 5 seconds with only one click.
- With Piktochart, you can create professional-looking infographics, flyers, posters, charts, videos, and more.
- The content on GIPHY's website, app, and API is all of the best and most popular GIFs on the web, along with content created by talented GIF artists and world-class brands.
Is the podcast the new radio?
Nowadays, we live in a boom for podcasts. Here are some tools you can use to start your podcast career!
- Audacity is an audio recording and editing software application that is open source so that anyone can download it for free with no restrictions of use. This software can: record live audio, cut, copy, splice, or mix sounds, and edit audio files (Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, or AIFF, to name a few).
- They say Buzzsprout is the easiest way to start a podcast. Its simple-to-use product provides a podcasting platform, promotion tools, and stats to track your podcast. Buzzsprout has tools like a free podcast website for beginners, custom embedded players, and unique social media players for more experienced podcasters.
- Ardour is a free, fully-featured digital audio workstation, similar to other software like ProTools, Nuendo, Sonar, and Logic, and capable of replacing analog or digital tape systems. Available for Mac OS X and Linux.
To cut a long story short… I became a film editor!
- Lightworks is a nonlinear editing system for editing and mastering digital video. It was an early developer of computer-based nonlinear editing systems and has been in development since 1989.
- iMovie is a video editing software application developed by Apple. Features include options to modify and enhance video color settings, crop and rotate video clips, stabilize shaky videos, add video transitions, and change the speed of clips.
- Bitly is a URL-shortening service and a link management platform.
- Buffer is the perfect tool for scheduling posts - easy to use, and its free plan lets you connect your social media accounts to schedule up to 10 posts per account at a time.
- Word Hippo is a website with helpful vocabulary resources. The resource list includes synonyms, antonyms, word meanings (with example sentences), pronunciation, and rhyming words. Just type in a comment in the top search bar of the website and select which help you want to use.
- Hashtagify.me lets you enter a search term and see the trending hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. The platform shows you which high-profile users drive the traffic so you can engage authentically.
- With Google Analytics, you can check your website traffic, measure social media efforts, create customized reports, and much more.
*For the best free websites for high-quality pictures, check our article "Free Resources For Resourceful Web Designers".