Author: Fred Meyer
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Roundup 2020: Deals on WordPress’s Best Products
This Cyber Monday deal roundup includes only WordPress products that we like, use, and recommend.
Better Blogging with the Hemingway App
I was recently talking to a friend about new projects for Writers.com. He suggested developing a writing clarity checker “like the Hemingway app.” I’d heard of Hemingway the writer, but not of an app by that name, so I checked it out. It’s very cool.
Draw Things for Free with Autodesk SketchBook
I recently bought a drawing tablet (googling “Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphic Drawing Tablet (Medium)” should find it for you), because I had no way I liked to write out visual notes, especially timelines and complex process flows. It was one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time—I wish I’d thought of it five years ago.
Easy A/B Testing with Google Optimize
I need to A/B test lots of parts of Writers.com, and I’ve been putting it off because I wasn’t sure which tool to use. Third-party SaaS solutions and WordPress plugins both feel to me like they’ll be a bummer to implement.
Fire Slack Notifications Based on WordPress Events with Slack Notifications by dorzki
We use Slack to coordinate our work, and the Slack Notifications by dorzki plugin makes a very handy addition, by allowing us to create Slack alerts based on WordPress events on the WPShout site itself. We currently have it configured to alert the entire team whenever we publish a new post.
Beautiful Color Palettes Quickly with Colormind.io
I’m always looking for tools that can give me a leg up on design, and I find that choosing a good color palette is one of the hardest and most subjective parts of designing a site.
Why Not to 301 Redirect all 404s to Your Homepage
Our site Writers.com has a lot of 404s stretching back across its long history. As I’ve started to work to clean them up, I flirted with simply 301 redirecting every 404ing link to the homepage. (There are a few plugins that do just that.)
Speed Up Image-Heavy Sites with a3 Lazy Load
Pexels: Free, Unrestricted-Use Images
Since I found Unsplash in 2018, it’s been my go-to for free, unrestricted stock images of all kinds. However, I’m also very happy to have a backup source of images when Unsplash doesn’t have exactly what I’m looking for. Pexels has been great for that.
Divi Announces Security Vulnerability
The Wordfence Security team has found a security vulnerability in Elegant Themes’s themes Divi and Extra, as well as in the Divi Builder plugin. Elegant Themes writes: