Bag of Tricks

TOOLS FOR DOWNLOAD

GUI tools for the command line coward

  • KOALA => http://koala-app.com/
    In order to get SASS compiling to work Ruby needs to be installed (often already included in a Mac) along with the SASS Ruby gem. Koala is a free open source compiler which has all of the necessary tools built right into the system – so you can install KOALA and get to work right away
  • SOURCETREE => https://www.sourcetreeapp.com/
    A great version control GUI that can use either Git or Mecurial methods
  • BITBUCKET => https://bitbucket.org/
    Github alternative from Atlassian which plays quite nicely with SourceTree and which allows for private repositories without a fee
  • BULK RENAME UTILITY => http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php
    This tool allows you to select a folder in your file system and execute find and replace commands so as to eliminate illegal characters and spaces in file names

Downloadable tools that are great to have around

  • EVERNOTE => https://evernote.com/
    This is a terrific way to keep track of notes which allows access to those notes either locally or in the cloud which means that multiple devices can have access to the same group of notes. Firefox and Chrome have browser extensions which allow you to copy a webpage directly into a selected folder
  • SKITCH => http://download.cnet.com/Skitch-for-Windows/3000-12511_4-75835711.html
    This is a companion to evernote which allows you to grab a screenshot as well as crop and annotate it, still supported on a Mac here but the windows version still works just fine!
  • DUET DISPLAY => https://www.duetdisplay.com/
    A great little $10 app that lets you use an I-Pad as an external monitor on either Mac or PC
  • COLOR CONTRAST ANALYSIS TOOL => https://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/contrastanalyser/
    If you need to absolutely know that your color scheme will pass accessibility tests, download this tool

COLORS

Online generators for color selection and generation

CSS

Generators which save you from excessive memorization

MINIMIZE / MAXIMIZE

When you need to compress or de-compress a file

FLEXBOX PREFIXES

Flexbox has its’ own prefix issues this generator remembers the syntax for you

CSS SHAPES

Shapes via pure CSS

FREE IMAGES

When you don’t want to pay for stock images

  • OPEN SOURCE IMAGES => http://search.creativecommons.org/
    A variety of sources for free open source image, you could also =>google a term => go to images => select tools =>select usage rights =>select “labeled for reuse with modification”
  • OPEN SOURCE IMAGES => https://morguefile.com/
    Good free image library

MALWARE CHECK

Quick site scanners which can help diagnose problems, the first two look for blacklisting notices & rely on google, Succuri goes deeper and will let you know what issues to look for. It should be noted that when a site is connected to google webmaster tools you will be notified when an issue is noticed

PAGE SPEED ANALYSIS TOOLS

Quick site scanners which can help diagnose problems

HISTORICAL ARCHIVE

  • WAY BACK MACHINE:https://archive.org/web/
    Look at historical copies of sites as they were indexed in the past … the main site is a wealth of open source media including close to every Grateful Dead show ever performed!

ICONS

SVG files for icons

SITE ANALYSIS

Site scanner which will show technologies used in a given site

WORDPRESS SPECIFIC

Generators for common WordPress queries, templates & more

WORDPRESS FORENSICS

WordPress specific forensic tools

WORDPRESS DESKTOP SERVER

Local development environment fine-tuned for WordPress

WORDPRESS CODE SNIPPETS

My personal notes and code snippets

DRUPAL SPECIFIC

Drupal specific forensic tool

DRUPAL DESKTOP SERVER

Local development environment fine-tuned for Drupal

FIREFOX EXTENSIONS

Yes I know that all the cool kids prefer Chrome, but I still like firefox largely because of these extensions

SEO RELATED TOOLS

ADA COMPLIANCE

BACKLINKS:

Inbound links contribute significantly to a site’s rank and position, this tool will show the inbound links to any given URL

WEBSITE ANALYSIS:

These are “full spectrum” analysis tools

PAGE AUTHORITY CHECKER:

“Page Authority (PA) is a score developed by Moz that predicts how well a specific page will rank on search engine result pages (SERP). Page Authority scores range from one to 100, with higher scores corresponding to a greater ability to rank.”

KEYWORD TOOLS

KEYWORD POSITION:

Shows keyword position of specific URL

KEYWORD DENSITY:

Tool to calculate the keyword desity of a given URL

SITE PINGING:

When you need to know that the site is up and running

** wordpress sites depend on site visits for cron and some updates are triggered on a cron run so for a site that gets low traffic pinging (BASE URL)/wp-cron.php can help