Running a successful site is a complicated business. There’s simply so much you have to take into account. Gone are the days when a good idea was enough. Now you have to take into account hosting, SEO rating, traffic flow, and much, much more. So here are some great tools to help you out.
CSS variables in pure CSS are a huge time saver. 92% of all users have browsers that support them. Using CSS variables doesn’t require any significant changes in existing stylesheets or new tools and can be easily applied to old projects. Instead of having a hex color code written down in hundreds of places in a file, you can have it defined in just one place – in a CSS variable.
If you want your emails delivered, opened, read and clicked you can’t send them from any old random server. You need a dedicated, specialized service for sending transactional emails. Like it or not, it’s a must. Those services bring a lot of benefits like advanced stats and high reliability, so they’re far from “wasted money”. We gathered 15 to see how they fare features & price wise.
We all have our little private toolboxes. A set of services, plugins, and tools we use every day. They are far from perfect, but if we use something every day it can’t be all that bad, right? This is a part of my toolbox. Nothing more than that. It’s a set of tools that save me time and money on a daily basis. Hopefully, they’ll help you too.
Installing a plugin (or theme) means that you are entirely trusting your site into the hands of their developers. There are no restrictions on what the code you’re putting on the site can do. Regardless of where you’re installing plugins from, official WP repository or some shady site, you’ll be left wondering – what changes did a plugin make to my site? Database snapshots can answer that question with ease.
Developers often underestimate the time it takes to debug something. Consequently, we are too lazy (and proud) to get a proper debugging environment going because, well, it’s a simple problem & will only take “a few minutes” to fix. This is where
console.log() comes into play. It might be dirty debugging, but it works. Years of experience have thought me a few tricks with
console that save serious amounts of time & nerves.
PHP namespaces are almost ten years old (yes, you’re getting old). Despite a decade passing by since PHP v5.3 was released many developers still don’t have a basic understanding of namespaces. Truth be told WordPress doesn’t use namespaces so “you don’t need to know how to use namespaces.” You don’t need to be a namespace ninja but getting a grasp on the basics is simple and will do you good.
There’s nothing more frustrating than a machine that refuses to do what you tell it. “Reload the page” – a simple action, that can cause so much frustration because it just doesn’t work. CSS files often don’t get reloaded. Yes, we all know cache is to blame but how to get around it without drastic measures? Years of frustration have led me to this simple one-click solution that always works.