Never assume compatibility, manage your assets

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February 24, 2019

Here are 10 tips I think are worth sharing this week:

  1. A few days ago, my inbox got full of WordPress spam messages. The cause: my Akismet subscription did not auto-renew. My credit card expired and I forgot to update my Akismet profile. Everything is back to normal now. Takeway: Akismet is a must have plugin if you run a WordPress site.
  2. I recently replaced my review plugin with MyThemeShop WP Review PRO. I’m quite pleased with the result. See this sample review.
  3. Finally, I upgraded the Buzzandtips website to WordPress 5.0. As a /side effect/, some CSS no longer works, especially those around Gutenberg blocks. In my blog posts, I use special CSS to display a blue box around my images. Both the image and the text caption are bounded. See here for an example. I am running two sets of CSS to display these blue boxes: for pre-Gutenberg posts and for the new Gutenberg posts (or old posts converted to Gutenberg blocks). Please shoot me an email if you need my CSS code, I’ll get it to you for free.
  4. One of the best SEO tools I purchased this year: Webtexttool. This handy gadget analyzes a blog post and help you write content that converts. It’s currently on sale for a limited time.
  5. Here is a list of WordPress plugins using Artificial Intelligence. No wonder, Akismet is part of them.
  6. To manage my things to do: I use Todoist. It’s a clear winner, as I’ve tried many other apps. Todoist integrates well with other apps (web browser, email, social media …). It even works on my Apple Watch. It synchronizes well between MacOS and iOS devices.
  7. In this article, 17 top plugins and extensions for SEO.
  8. I finally found a good ad blocker for iOS: Norton Ad Blocker (free).
  9. Most WordPress testing should take place in a staging area (a clone of your production WordPress site). This way, your changes won’t impact your production environment. What? Your hosting provider doesn’t support staging areas? WPX Hosting does. Please check them as they have very affordable plans, fast page load, and increased security.
  10. My favorite mind mapping tool? SimpleMind. It works on both MacOS and iOS. I can start a mind map on my iPhone and complete it on my Macbook. Cool thing!

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