Posts Tagged ‘WordPress Plugins’

Regenerate Thumbnails WordPress Plugin

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I’d been needing a plugin that would fix my past thumbnails that I had already saved. I should have known that there would be a plugin that would do it that’s appropriately named Regenerate Thumbnails. If you’ve ever had to play around with Thumbnail size, then you can understand how great this plugin is.

Full Disclosure: I haven’t used it yet, but it’s from a popular WordPress developer and I found it from another WP core developer who used it successfully. In fact, this post is so I can easily find this plugin in the future as much as anything else.

I’m Such a Minimalist

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

As I think about my use of various technologies I realize that I’m really a minimalist. I’m all about finding the easiest way to do something. For example, when I first started with Firefox plugins, I was installing things left and right. Quickly I realized that I didn’t want to have all those plugins installed. Plus, when it was time to upgrade Firefox, I was always afraid to upgrade since I wasn’t sure what impact that would have on all the plugins I’d installed. I quickly removed a whole bunch of plugins which sounded like a good idea and just left the ones that I used regularly.

When I started WordPress, it was a similar story. There were a ton of plugins to do all sorts of cool things with WordPress. I added one after another and loved a lot of the extra features. Then, it was time to update WordPress. Unfortunately, in the open source world not all the plugins get updated for the new version of WordPress like they should. So, this would mean that I would have to go through and test to make sure that when I upgraded WordPress, that my plugins would all still be working.

Yep, you can imagine that I quickly started removing the WordPress plugins that weren’t really adding any value to my life. Not to mention I moved to a number of more mainstream plugins which I was certain would be upgraded as WordPress released new software (ie. plugins from WordPress in many cases or plugins with enormous install bases). However, I still wanted as few plugins as possible. It was all about value.

This really goes on and on in my life. For example, as much as I love automation, I’d rather have a car that didn’t have all the bells and whistles. The more features it has, the more places it could break. When something breaks it takes me away from doing what I really want to be doing. Some people like fixing broken things (and there is some satisfaction doing so), but I prefer to create things.

This is why in so many aspects of my life I look at ways to minimize and simplify how I do things. Take a look at my blogs and you’ll see that their designs follow the same sort of pattern. It’s all about minimizing and simplifying.

WordPress Contact Form 7 Plugin – Special Mail Tags

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I’m a big fan of the Contact Form 7 Plugin for WordPress. I’ve used some of the other form plugins for WordPress including the behemoth CForms, but I quickly turned back to the Contact Form 7 plugin. There’s something about just being a Contact Form that I like. I don’t usually need all the bells and whistles. I just want a contact form that will send me info.

Plus, I’ve been finding out that Contact Form 7 can actually do more than I even realized. One example of this is the Special Mail Tags. Basically, it’s a bunch of extra information you can include in the email you receive from your contact form.

I personally use the [_url] which sends me the “This tag will be replaced by the URL of the contact form.” This way I can track my landing pages based on the URL that someone used to fill out the form. It’s a great way for me to know which of my various ad campaigns is working the best.

I love small little tweaks like this that are very powerful. Plus, it’s what I love about the simple, but flexible WordPress plugins like Contact Form 7.

WordPress Cron Developer Plugin

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’m really shortly going to be diving head first into the WordPress cron (wp-cron) features. I need to schedule some emails to be sent at various intervals. Cron is awesome when it works and you set it up correctly, but it’s definitely one of those things that you need to test to make sure it’s working the way you think it should work. Otherwise, you can get all sorts of crazy results.

So, I was really happy today when I came across this WordPress plugin, Core Control, that shows you the various Cron tasks that have been scheduled by WordPress. I think this is going to be very helpful as I test out the cron tasks my plugin will create.