Link Category: Tools
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.
CSS Grid Generator
Frequent readers my recognize me as the not-great-at-CSS person here at WPShout. So for me, this Interactive CSS Grid Generator from Layoutit! is just such a welcome relief. I can (and have) learned all the different bits of markup and orders for different CSS grid properties. But I also ALWAYS have to look them up when I want to use them.Which one goes first? What’s that one actually called? All those sorts of questions.
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.
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… 🤔)