Useful Links

A set of tops and links to resources used regularly by website builders, including content creation.  All suggestions welcome.


A prototyping application that can be used to help design, say, mobile or web app user interfaces

YouTube: Stop Related Videos

YouTube – prevent “related videos” from showing at end – use YouTube’s embed code (in Divi’s Code module) and add ?rel=0 at end of YT video code e.g.

Big data: |

What is my DNS?: handy for checking status when porting a site to a new url – DNS lookup to check a domain name’s current IP address and DNS record information against multiple name servers located in different parts of the world. This allows you to check the current state of DNS propagation after having made changes to your domain’s records. 

Dead Link Checker – this one is good, fast and free. – to check where your hosting company’s servers are located.

QR Code Generator

Effective, polished and free to sample. Need to subscribe to use, even for a single QR code.

A colour palette generator

Why no Padlock: identifying issues (usually images) which are loading insecurely.

Is my site down for everyone or just me?  Is it down? Check at Down for Everyone or Just Me

Website speed test:

GTmetrix – lots of lovely detailed data, available free, upon signup
Pingdom – beautifully simple
Dotcom-tools – separates out initial speed load with repeat visits
Pagespeed Insights (Google) – looks closely at mobile performance

Compress PDFs

Free and effective, and rather surprisingly better than the Adobe DC Pro application. 

Steps to cleaning an Audacity file:
Noise reduction: 12 | 6.00 | 3
Normalise: yes | yes (-1.00 dB) | no
Compressor: Threshold -20 (-15) | Noise Floor -40 | Ratio 3:1 | Attach 0.10 sec | Release 1.0 sec
Normalise: yes | yes (-1.00 dB) | no
Bass and Treble
Normalise: yes | yes (-1.00 dB) | no

Check for current version of PHP: WordPress – Tools – Site Health – Info

Email signature and related .htm creation tools:
Hubspot Email Signature Generator Tool to get started – a real benefit is being able to copy the source code: Free Email Signature Template Generator by HubSpot 
Also useful overview and start-off code at : Designing, Coding, & Deploying HTML Email Signatures | Dynasend 
Code Beautify is brilliant HTML viewer which has option to make minified code into user readable code: Best Online HTML Viewer, HTML Beautifier, HTML Formatter, Beautify, Minify, Test Output ( 

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