This page includes tools for websites and email systems as well as other forms of social media. Many of the tools can also be used to develop print materials for other than online uses.
Images and Layouts
Some tools for using your images and finding useful ones.
- Canva – this is a great free design tool for creating images for social media, presentation, business cards, infographics, and more. “Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.”
- Piktochart – Specifically for infographics, coming up with those 1 page, easy to understand things like “Why Vote?” Another free program. (online tool)
- iPiccy – a free version of the PicMonkey Photo editor. While it does not have all the features of PicMonkey, it has enough to make your job easier. (online tool)
- Pixlr – another free photo editor. (online tool)
- GIMP – I (Carol.L) like this one best because it is open source software that is on my computer. I am not dependent upon an Internet connection. I have rather unreliable Internet access, so this is a perfect solution.
Social Media Management
There are a lot of different social media management tools available with many different purposes:
- Hootsuite – lets you monitor and wowrk on multiple social media networks from one location. It is subject to changes over time for some things, but the basics are there. Useful if you have multiple FB pages and groups to monitor.
- Bitly – turn long urls into something more manageable by using Bitly. If you sign up for the free account, any shortened links you store will let you know how many times that link has been opened.