Two WordPress Plugins That Will Make Your Life Easier

Whether you’re a seasoned WordPress blogger or you’re starting up a new blog from scratch (as I am here), then these plugins will make installing new plugins, themes, and WordPress updates a snap:

Effortless Plugin Installation

Plugin Installation Screenshot

Theme Installation Screenshot

Installing new WordPress plugins and themes can be somewhat of a hassle. You have to download the file, upload it to your web host, and extract the contents. The Single Click Plugin Updater will alleviate much of the pain by allowing you to install plugins and themes all from within WordPress. You just provide the URL of the new plugin or theme, and the single click plugin does the rest.  You don’t even have to download it to your computer first!

WordPress Automatic Upgrade
Much like installing plugins and themes, upgrading to a new version of WordPress can be a tedious and time-consuming process. The WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin makes it much easier, although I would call it more of a semi-automatic upgrade. It’s not a single-click process, as you have to manually click through each step of the process. It does still make it a lot easier to just perform each of the steps at the click of a button rather than performing each one manually.

ScribeFire Firefox Plugin

In an effort to simplify my life with keeping this blog up-to-date, I wanted to find a quick and easy way to write new blog posts.  I figured surely there must be a nice Firefox plugin to help me, and I was right.  Look no further than ScribeFire.  ScribeFire allows you to quickly write up posts to your blog all within the convenience of a browser pane in the lower half of the screen.  If you’re blogging about a particular web page, you can do it without even having to leave the page or having to go through the hassle of navigating multiple screens.  Just pop open the ScribeFire pane, write up your post, and publish it.  It took me all of about 30 seconds to realize I had found exactly what I was looking for.  (more…)

Recover Lost Windows Keys

Magical Jelly Bean Finder Screenshot

Magical Jelly Bean Finder Screenshot

It’s frustrating to lose your keys, particularly if it is your Product Registration Key for Windows or other software products.  Karl Gechlik over at makeuseof.com has a nice little write-up about a product called the Magic Jelly Bean Finder that helps you to recover lost product codes.  I’ve used this little jewel in the past and it can really make life a lot easier when performing Windows reinstallations.

about:internets

about:internets Google Chrome screenshot

about:internets Google Chrome screenshot

Here’s a fun thing to do with Google Chrome.  If you type about:internets in the Omnibar, you get this.  I tried it while connected to my PC via Remote Desktop and it didn’t work.  The title of the page said “The Tubes Are Clogged!” instead of “Don’t Clog the Tubes!” I suspect that the tubes are rendered with OpenGL or Direct3D, neither of which are possible to do on Remote Desktop since it is not a hardware accelerated display.  Still a nice easter egg nonetheless.