Link Category: Tools
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.
Amazing Weekly Web Dev Link-Collection, August 21 Edition
Over on her blog at Lireo Designs, Deborah Edwards-Onoro has been collecting an amazing array of great content about web design and development for while. And I had no earthly idea. It was only when I randomly noticed that she’d been sharing some great links on Twitter that Deborah let me know there was a whole lot more where that came from.
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.
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.
A Great Comparison of Local-Development WordPress Options
I really really appreciate this rundown of the major options for setting up a local WordPress development (which is to say—on your own computer) that Ram Ratan Maurya updated for Delicious Brains. I feel like on the whole for those of you new to the concepts involved, I don’t (currently) know of a better place I would point you to get a sense of what the major options are for setting WordPress up on your local computer are, and what their major strengths and weaknesses. (Perhaps we should work on one here… 🤔)
Shout Out to the Pods Plugin
I’m working on a WordPress project that needs custom post types, custom fields, custom taxonomies, and custom taxonomy meta. To do this, I installed three entirely separate plugins: CPT UI, Advanced Custom Fields, and a taxonomy metabox solution that I regret using (its code dates back to before WordPress had taxonomy meta, and uses its own custom data structure).
Tinkerwell for WordPress
As someone who has been tracking both the WordPress world and the Laravel world for years, I was intrigued by Ross Wintle highlighting something I didn’t really know much about. (If I’m honest, it’s been about a year since I was dipping into Laravel regularly.)
10up Actions from Quick Plugin Deploy from Github
If there’s one problem that developers have with the WordPress.org Plugin (and Theme) directories, it’s most likely to be that the process of deploying the Subversion repositories used by that site is annoying, complicated, and cumbersome. I’ve been looking for a solution for a while, and this (pre-Christmas 🙃) post from Helen Hou-Sandi has me really excited for 10up and Github’s new “Actions” feature.