Tag: free tools
Unsplash: Beautiful, Free, Unrestricted-Use Images
I should spend more time talking to designers. An excellent designer I’m working with on a few projects noticed me Googling for a sample image to put into a new site design, and told me about Unsplash. It’s a major step up.
Cool New Plugin: “Admin Menu in Frontend”
Here’s one of the coolest, and most literal, plugin ideas I’ve seen in a while. Admin Menu in Frontend is a new plugin that simply puts the left-side menu from the wp-admin area onto the frontend of your site when you’re logged-in, saving you lots of clicks.
Rollback Your WordPress Version with WP Downgrade
What do you do when you need to downgrade WordPress to a previous version?
Theme My Login: Front-End Login and Registration Pages the Easy Way
I’ve got a client who wants people to interact with his site without ever seeing a WordPress-admin-looking screen. The very simple solution is a well-built plugin called Theme My Login. It puts the login form at a page on the front-end of the site located at, by default, site.com/login/, the registration form at site.com/register/, and so on.
Markdown in WordPress Comments and Posts with WP-Markdown
If there’s one thing nerds like, it’s Markdown, the simplified markup language that converts into HTML. It’s the difference between typing out, for example, <strong>something</strong> (HTML) and __something__ (Markdown)—a fair number of characters, especially over a lot of post authoring.
Clipular: Better Screenshots with a Chrome Extension
A big part of my job is “saving what my computer screen looks like,” also called screenshotting. Most of the time the “prt sc” button works fine, but on occasion I’ll want to screenshot something longer than the height of my computer screen itself, such as a long scrolling single-page site.
ColorPic: A Good Free Color Picker for Windows
“What color is that?” You’ll be asking this question a lot if you’re a WordPress developer, or a four-year-old. If you happen to be a developer, you won’t have an all-knowing adult to answer you.
Easily Write and Understand Regular Expressions with Regex101
Regular expressions or regexes—custom formulas for complex string pattern matching—are very useful, but also extremely opaque if you’re not used to reading or writing them. Just to show you how deep the nightmare goes, here’s the officially approved PHP regex for evaluating whether a string is a valid email address:
Diff Checker: A Browser-Based Tool for Code Comparison
Human beings are good at lots of things: assembling in nomadic clans of 100 to 200 people, making crude paintings on cave walls, and hunting antelope with spears are only a few that come to mind. However, one thing human beings are not good at is finding one or two differences between two almost-identical blocks of code. That’s called a “diff,” and it’s best left to a computer.
WP File Manager Plugin: In-a-Pinch Substitute for FTP Credentials
We live in an imperfect world: we park on driveways and drive on parkways, buy hotdogs in sixes and buns in eights, and sometimes we don’t have the client’s FTP credentials.