Web pages with large and uncompressed image files are going to load more slowly than pages with correctly-sized and properly-optimized images. While there’s hundreds of apps available to resize and compress image files, few (if any) are easier to use than Bzzt! Image Editor.
Bzzt! Image Editor is a small Windows app that makes it super-easy to create web-friendly images. Once you’ve set your output size and quality preferences, just drag-and-drop the files you want to optimize onto the UI and Bzzt! will process them instantly. You can even process entire folders full of images at a time.
Favicons are no longer just those 16x16px icons used to identify a website in a browser. Today they’re used for a wide variety of purposes, including tablets, mobile devices and even Windows 8 tiles. RealFaviconGenerator makes it simple to create all the required image sizes and formats in just a couple of clicks.
Instead of giving you a single favicon.ico file, RealFaviconGenerator generates all the pictures and HTML code you need to get a cool, mobile- and tablet-ready favicon. Your favicon will be perfect for:
PC and Mac, as usual
iPhone and iPad
Android phones and tablets
Windows 8 tablets
The service is completely free to use.
If you’re running WordPress Multisite, there’s a good chance you might want to show off the amount of sites on your network. This is especially relevant if you’re trying to get users to sign up for your network, as users have a tendancy to judge a service by its popularity.
Anyone who has been coding for any significant amount of time knows how useful code re-use can be. GitHub have a great snippet sharing service called Gist, but it lacks the organisational features needed to make it a proper snippet management app.
GistBox is a web app that builds on top of GitHub Gists, adding support for labels, filtering and searching.
In addition to code snippet organisation, GistBox includes keyboard shortcuts, a split-screen snippet browser, code editor with syntax highlighting and realtime syncing with GitHub. GistBox is available as a web app and a Chrome Packaged App. The latter allows GistBox to look and act like a native app on any Operating System that Google Chrome supports.
Keeping track of the dozens of domain names I own is a challenging task – especially since they’re spread across multiple domain registrars. Imagine losing a valuable domain name because the expiry notification got caught in your spam folder? I’ve experienced it. It sucks.
I contemplating building a domain management interface in Python (I’m awful at Python, so it would have been a good practice project), but decided to quickly Google around for an existing solution. I stumbled across Tiny Domain Monitor, a PHP script designed to monitor domains and provide notifications when they’re about to expire.
Vectr is a free online graphics editing tool. It can be used to edit images or create vector graphics directly inside your web browser. This week, the Vectr team released a WordPress plugin that embeds their editing tool into the edit screen of WordPress pages and posts.
The editor lets you complete many basic image editing tasks from directly within WordPress itself. Because you just need a web browser, Vectr can run on any operating system or device.