Mikey’s Plugin List: Broken Link Checker

Welcome to Mikey’s Plugin List – my own curated list of plugins that I love and use.

Broken Link Checker

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Description: This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

Pretty basic but super useful. It goes through your entire site and checks for broken links. If it finds any, it will email you letting you know the link no longer works.

Very useful if you’ve just migrated your site over or if you have thousands of links and would like to make sure they are still working and not giving your readers a nice 404 surprise.

Why I need to learn Grunt

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Chris Coyier of css-tricks.com and codepen.io fame has an excellent article about using Grunt.

Grunt for People Who Think Things Like Grunt are Weird and Hard  via 24 Ways.

I had heard about Grunt for a while, but I didn’t feel like yet another tool would make my workflows that much better.   After testing it out and seeing the potential behind Grunt, I now think of it as an essential part of a modern web developer’s workflow.  

Go check out Grunt - it’s like CodeKit… but so much more!!

Quickly see pixel dimensions on a Mac with Quicklook

Via Cult of Mac

Update: Currently not working on Mavericks.

I can’t even count how many times a day I have to check image dimensions, image sizes, and my current solution currently requires using the Finder to see the document details about each file. That gets too time consuming, especially when I’m doing it all the time.

I found this great little QuickLook plugin that solves this problem for me. Using the built-in awesomeness of QuickLook on a Mac,  I can quickly and easily see the size and pixel dimensions of any image.

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Download the plugin from GitHub.

A curated list of the best WordPress plugins

tidyrepo

Tidyrepo.com claims to be a curated list of “the best and most reliable WordPress plugins”.  I’ve used almost all of these plugins and can attest to the fact that yes, they got it right.  The only thing I would say is that some of their plugins (Gravity Forms, WP DB Migrate Pro) are paid plugins and some are free.  I would have liked the list to be all free plugins and then have a separate list for the best paid plugins out there.

Go check out Tidyrepo.com to see their list of curated plugins.

the hardest thing about blogging…

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I first started blogging on February 6, 2004.  Back then I was a recent immigrant to Canada and still studying Music at University.  I was spending most of my time practicing classical guitar, my diet consisted of instant noodles and chicken fingers, and my blog very much reflected those times.  I like keeping it around to remind me of what my life was like back then.  Here are some of my favourite quotes: Continue reading