Tools and Resources I Like and Use
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Atom – “A hackable text editor for the 21st Century.” Similar to Brackets. Created by the folks at Git. I use this for longer projects
MarkdownPad – Markdown editor for Windows. Write up your content in markdown quickly then export via “copy as HTML” then paste into your code editor.
Notepad++ – Free source code editor.
Dreamweaver – to clean code from Word or to use the code/design views.
I use Atom for long projects; Markdown to guide me when using markdown. Notepad++ ans a notepad and for light or quick coding, and Dreamweaver less and less to look at code errors.
Then there’s Codepen:
“CodePen is a playground for the front end side of the web. It’s all about inspiration, education, and sharing.
Need to build a reduced test case to demonstrate and figure out a bug? CodePen is great for that. Want to show off your latest creation and get feedback from your peers? CodePen is great for that. Want to find example of a particular design pattern for you project? CodePen is great for that.”
Workflowy – A great outliner. I may have my whole work-life outlined here (I’ve been using it for years). Free.
Draft – Love this for distraction free initial writing. Free and paid.
Hemingway – Helpful for checking things sentence clarity. See image above. Free and paid.
Grammarly – Like spell checker but for Grammar. The free version is adequate for most writers.
Photoshop – A part of the Adobe Suite I use daily for things like image resizing and optimization.
Gimp (via CNET Downloads) – A free open source image editor which does most of what Photoshop and illustrator do. I use this to help others that don’t have Photoshop.
Smush Image Compression and Optimization – a 5-star plugin I have on every website that has or will have images. It optimizes and compresses images on upload and also on images already on your site. From the description,
Resize, optimize and compress all of your images with the, incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher, brought to you by the superteam at WPMU DEV!
Screen Recording & Video Editing Tools
Camtasia Studio – Awesome. Expensive but worth it if you’re serious about video editing. Sat in on a class for creating college educational products, Subtitles and all.
Windows Media Encorder – “a freely downloadable and free-of-charge media encoder developed by Microsoft which enables content developers to convert or capture both live and prerecorded audio, video, and computer screen images to Windows Media formats for live and on-demand delivery.”
Avidemux 2.6.9 -a free video editor:
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.
Siteground – I moved a Joomla site here on the recommendation of several people whose knowledge of web security I respect. I’ve got all my sites here and no serious complaints. Tech support is quick and competent via chat, phone or ticket. Excellent knowledge base.
Sucuri Firewall – for $10/month/per site lets me sleep at night. They have excellent hack cleaning and fixing also.
Website performance (page speed)
Rocket Cache – Small prices for excellent website speed (Won’t solve all the impediments to fast page opening. Given most are taken care of, will still create a significant improvement).
ManageWP – Is site management helper. One of its services is backups. It does incremental backups from hourly to monthly and on demand.
UpdraftPlus Backups – a reliable free service.
DropBox – a good destination for backups. Also, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Backblaze, and many more.
WordPress Plugins (not mentioned elsewhere)
Caldera Forms –
Ninja Forms –
Social Warfare –
Yoast SEO –
Domain Name Registrar
Hover – fast & friendly tech response; clean & easy to use.
NameCheap – inexpensive and good service also.
Nutcache – I used it for invoicing for many years. Took me a bit to set it up so it worked for me. Tech support is responsive.
Trello – I use it to micro-manage projects because it is clean, visual, easy to use once the short learning curve is climbed.
IFTTT & Zapier –
Stack Exchange – “Stack Exchange is a fast-growing network of 118 Q & A sites on diverse topics from software programming to cooking to photography and gaming. We build libraries of high-quality questions and answers, focused on the most important topics in each area of expertise.”
Code snippets on CSS-Tricks – Also, videos, demos, forums and more…
Code School – a hands-on way to learn or improve coding skills.
Lynda.com – a comprehensive collection of well down video tutorials. $25/month, no contract lock in. They make it easy to stop when you want then start up again. I use it for reference or to review techniques.
Google – Usually I start with a search to find solutions to errors or other tools and resources…“I’m sure I’m not the first to have made this mistake”