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.
It’s a nightmare not being able to login to your WordPress site. You’re sure you have the right password, you even tried resetting the password, but nothing works. You’re locked out of your site. Thankfully there are fast methods of regaining access by modifying a few database records or a few files via FTP. As long as you have some access to the underlying server resources, you’ll be back in WP admin in no time.
Despite the widespread belief that can be distilled from rude comments & reviews on the wp.org plugin repo, maintaining a free plugin is not free. It doesn’t matter whether you charge for a plugin or not, hours still go into it! Due to an overwhelming amount of abandoned plugins in the repository, I decided to clarify a simple premise – how do free plugins get financed and why the lack of money is the number one cause of abandoned plugins.