A little bit of an annoyance I came across recently was Speaker Decks inability to process a presentation, uploading wasn’t a problem just processing the slides. With no real explanation I’ve tried numerous PDF files to see where the issue could lie with no resolution.
As it turns out the warning message “We had issues processing your talk” actually had no relation to the content being uploaded, it turns out my account had been “incorrectly caught by our automated abuse/spam system“.
The resolution was really simple, I got in touch with the Github support team and within 24hours the account was unlocked and uploads worked again.
Hopefully this will stop others from pulling out their hair (I now have none).
Instant Search & Suggest WordPress Plugin brings a Google like auto complete functionality based on your websites contents. Bringing the static experience of searching to life this plugin would be ideal for the likes of ecommerce & news WordPress builds which are extremely heavy in content.
Having the ability to visually jump straight to a product rather than inputing a search term without any instant feedback will certainly help users get to their intended destination.
Compress JPEG & PNG images WordPress Plugin takes care of an often overlooked task when it comes to image optimisation. The service will essentially compress your content on upload so that you server bandwidth is looked after.
On average JPEG images are compressed by 40-60% and PNG images by 50-80% without visible loss in quality. Your website will load faster for your visitors, and you’ll save storage space and bandwidth!
Not an essential for all website, in particular the likes of content heavy blogs & news websites would benefit or event websites which are ran by users which aren’t particularly tech savvy would certainly benefit from the background workings of this plugin.
Watermark is the simple WordPress plugin which does exactly what its name suggests. A common request from users not familiar with photo editing tools such as batch processing, is the ability to easily apply watermarks without too much effort.
With Watermark, you can upload a transparent PNG and have this automatically layered onto your images, meaning that any users wishing to add a bit of protection / credit to their imagery will find that a custom watermark can automatically be applied to your content.
The beauty of this plugin is the method in which it applies this watermark, as explained on the official plugin repository;
What makes this plugin a really powerful one, is that the watermark is placed on your images through a htaccess and php file. This means your images are actually not modified. You can still download them from your FTP, and they will not have any watermark.
This method also means that old & new images will see the watermark, then as soon as the plugins deactivated so will the watermark to the entire media library.
WP Help is a brilliant way to offer support directly from inside the WordPress dashboard, meaning that website owners always have a visible support tab as a go to. The beauty for the developer is that it alleviates the work load. If a website owner can reference the support documents in an easy fashion, the probability of a support call can be reduced if the content is broken down into clear and easy steps for a user to follow.
The icing on the cake with this plugin has to be the ease of use. Rather than installing the plugin on each of website and uploading support documents, the plugin has a rather impressive sync tool. You can essentially have a master site where you maintain the core support documents, from which you can obtain a sync URL. This URL simply needs to be inserted within the plugin settings on the clients website, to then allow the support documents to be automatically retrieved and once a day refreshed. The addition of the automatic syncing is a brilliant time saving tool, an edit on the master site can prevent the need to then go into each client site individually to apply modifications.
Gust sees the Ghost markdown editor being ported to WordPress in the form of a handy plugin, allowing users to use the Ghost markdown editor with posts & pages. In its early stages, the plugin still misses tons of the functionality the default WordPress dashboard provides, however for those looking to simply use the markdown editor to make writing content much more pleasurable this is the perfect tool.
As there’s limited options when using the interface, the Gust interface uses a separate dashboard, so you can use both the default WordPress dashboard and the Gust dashboard in conjunction with each other so there’s no need to sacrifice on functionality.
The Google Chromecast is the simplest media streamer you’ll ever use in conjunction with your television. If you’ve got a HDMI input and a wireless connection you’re ready to go.
The device is like a bulky memory stick in size, with the addition of a micro USB input which provides power to the little device. Once switched on, you’ll be required to carry out a brief paring exercise to establish the network and then you’re free to begin streaming content.
I’ve been fiddling with two methods so far, via my Nexus 4 using Netflix which was extremely fast and a rather slick experience. Along with the Google Chrome extension which allows me to mirror a browser which is rather impressive but does come with some rather noticeable lag.
What’s really missing though is the support from apps to adopt the ability to Chromecast content, my main purpose is to stream my Netflix account onto the ‘big tv’ but it wouldn’t hurt to have a wider selective of major named service to opt from.