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go-to links

One of the biggest problems with the internet is knowing how credible (& up-to-date) the info you find is. Back to our favorite quote for Donald Rumsfeld “You don’t know what you don’t know’.
Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it as needed!

Here we want to share with you our favorite bits of internet knowledge we refer to constantly …

business stuff:

growth supply

Growth Supply is chocka block full of free business resources. 5 categories (business, marketing, design & code, productivity & learn) each broken into small categories this will become the goto for start-ups (after our site of course)

social media:

ideal sizes for your social media images:

Just 1 tiny pixel to big or too small can blur your beautiful social media image & spoil its impact so Buffersocials’ Guidelines for all 6 major social media platforms is a great resource to refer back to – the post is updated on an on-going basis with all the latest info on ideal SM image sizes. It includes 6 platforms …

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • linkedIn
  • google+
  • pinterest
  • instagram

Or you’ll find a highly detailed infographic here which you can printout & keep handy in your office.

image size cheat sheet for DIVI

If you use DIVI it is really easy to forget all the image sizes for different columns widths.

Come on in the Divi Image Size Cheat Sheet. I particularly like that it shows the images size in teal life.

 

SEO:

SEO links
  • Googles own guide to SEO (links to a .pdf file). It’s pretty full on, but if you’ve got an hour or 2 with nothing better to do, go for it! But seriously download it & put it in your SEO resource folder (you have organised a digital asset filing system haven’t you!)
  • Amazon key word search tool. Basic searches are free with a limited number of results per search but if you write a lot of blogs the pro version may be worth the investment.
  • Enter a topic and Tweak Your Biz Title Generator will give you a huge number of title ideas for your blog, articles – so beneficial for writers and bloggers.
  • Know the strength of your blog post or article title by using CoSchedule Headline Analyzer. This nifty tool will rate the writer’s working title and can even generate and suggest better titles/headlines that can help improve the articles.
  • Beginners guide to SEO brought to you by MOZ
  • Get the might Googles page speed insights with instructions on how to fix your site
think mobile first
In March 2017 Google began testing a new algorithm called Mobile First looking to roll it out by the end of the year.
Currently Google uses your desktop site to rank you on desktop searches but mobile first will change how Google ranks websites. It will base your desktop rankings on your mobile site’s performance, so if your site performs poorly on mobiles, expect mobile first to cause you problems.
Test your site’s mobile friendliness using this tool & fix what you can now before the algorithm is rolled out … https://search.google.com/search-console/mobile-friendly

occasional tools:

convert rgb to cmyk
Oh no! You have to deliver CMYK images to a print shop but you don’t have access to a professional tool to convert an image from RGB to CMYK?
RGB 2 CMYK is a free online tool which will convert your images from RGB to CMYK using a professional ICC profile.

chrome extensions:

figure it out

‘Figure it Out’, or FIO, is a chrome extension which beautifully displays the time zones you work and play in. A minimal time zone extension that adds up to ten time zones of your choice to your ‘new tab’ screen, making it easy to schedule meetings, connect with family, and beat jetlag.

 

domains:

creative domain name search

If your stuck trying to find an available domain name go to domainr, type in your keyword & see what results you get.

 

websites:

helpful sites to bookmark
  • Find out what platform a website is Built With
  • What WordPress Theme Is That is a FREE online tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme a site uses (including parent and child themes). Additionally, it will also detect what WordPress Plugins are being used.
  • FREE WP Theme Detector. WordPress Theme Detector is a free tool that allows you to find all the details about the WordPress theme and plugins currently being used by a site.
  • FREE Web Tools Club. The biggest free tools & free resources collection for the web industry. Design tools such as graphic design, web development, social marketing, SEO & PPC.
  • Learn about the latest web trends, news, tutorials and techniques via  Codrops. All resources from the site are FREE.
  • Having trouble loading a website? Go and check if the website’s down via Down for Everyone or Just Me. This platform is very simple and user friendly. Just enter the website URL into the search bar and Down for Everyone or Just Me will do the rest.
has you copy been copied?

search for copies of your page on the web at copyscape

stylifyme.com

Like a site & want to know what colours & fonts it uses? Copy the URL & paste in into stylifyme & voila, you have it. You little spy you …

images for your website
  • FREE Background image generator. Choose the base color, pattern, intensity and a few other settings & your background image is generated for you.
  • Flaticon is the largest database of free vector icons in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD.
using images of children

Before you use images of children on your website make sure you know the rules.

guidelines for using images of children online

website add-ons

FREE live chat app for your website. Making a phone call is disruptive. Email is slow. Live chat is fast and more personal. Your website visitors are familiar with messaging friends and family. Give them the opportunity to chat live with you and your team.

website usability
  • FREE website usability testing. Have someone have a look at your site and then send you a video of what they see and what they think! As well as being good fun, it can be very helpful and give you some ideas on how to improve your website!  The free version allows you to have 3 requests per month.
  • FREE Website Grader. This website gives you an overall score on the performance of your website! They focus on areas such as performance, mobile, SEO and security and give you tips on how to improve!
  • Analyze your sites performance with Page Speed Tools
  • How strong is your website: a website grader bought to you by Hubspot
mobile friendly test

Googles mobile friendly tester

mobile site speed
check for vulnerabilities

Worried your site may be hackable? Put your URL in to gravityscan & find out if your website has been hacked or has any security issues that need to be addressed.

is it hacked?

Is It Hacked analyses your website, looking for for signs of an infection.works on most backend technologies & checks to see if your site is cloaked to GoogleBot, has spammy links, funny redirects, or otherwise appears to be hacked.

 

who is the host?

When you need to know who is hosting a particular website.

 

wordpress:

building your wordpress website
  • A super simple guide to the first steps you need to do when thinking about building your wordpress site. Of course this isn’t the be all & end all, but it’ll help you to understand the process.
  • FREE Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual. You won’t find any talk of HTML, PHP or creating WP Themes here. What you will find is a simple, easy to read WordPress manual that will guide you through the process of editing your site content.
    You can read the Easy WP Guide WordPress manual online, download the free PDF, or purchase the eBook or brandable Word document.
  • A Partnership between GoDaddy & OSTraining has produced a set of FREE wordpress tutorials to help you bet on top of things.
DIVI wordpress framework
  • If you love DIVI as much as we do you will absolutely want to bookmark the DIVI tutes directory. It is the go-to for free tutorials.

 

DIVI plugin list

Divi Plugin IndexA Simple List of Plugins Built Specifically for Divi broken into 2 lists – Divi community faves & others.

 

 

We do try to keep these links current but if you find one which is out-dated please let us know

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