Here's a curated list of tools I recommend to use or to avoid.
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CMS/ Website builders
Ghost is my favorite CMS to create a blog. It's easy to use and has all the features one expects.
You can also use it to send newsletters.
I rate it as an 8.8/10. Read the complete Ghost review.
blogstatic is an easy to use blogging tool that also has newsletter capabilities.
I rate it as a 7.1/10. Read the blogstatic review.
Iubenda (cookie solution): this tool will add a cookie banner for your website to help comply with cookies law. Use this link for a 10% discount on your first payment.
NaturalReader: an easy way to add a text-to-speech to your website. Just paste a few lines of code and it's done.
Tools to avoid
This section is a compilation with warning about companies with bad practices that users should avoid.
Hostiner has a track record of creating deceiving reviews using employees and "brand ambassadors".
Review Signal has at least 2 pieces talking about those practices that I know.