Time for another of our weekly roundups here at The Design Pixel! This time we feature a couple of WordPress plugin compilations worth checking out, a list of web development tools and a site launch checklist, along with a couple of in-depth articles discussing the relationship between copy material and its typeface, and how to measure the ROI of your content. Have fun!
28 of the best free WordPress Plugins 2015 (so far) [torquemag.io]
A great collection of the most recent (and lesser known) WordPress plugins that are worth checking out. We especially liked Swifty Bar, Title Experiments Free, and Revive Old Post.
WordPress: 10 Things to Pay Attention to Before Launching your Website [noupe.com]
Very handy checklist of tasks you should taking on almost always before launching any WordPress installation, from setting up a backup or SEO solution to testing responsiveness, performance and correct media display.
What Comes First? The Copy, or the Typeface? [designhack.net]
An interesting discussion on how what goes into choosing a typeface for a body of text, and how both presentation and content of copy influence and depend on each other, which often leads to tension between designers and copywriters.
Making Content Measurable [uxbooth.com]
A detailed explanation on how to use analytics to measure the ever elusive ROI of your digital content. The article explores the choices of metrics to measure, the connection between hard and soft metrics, direct and indirect feedback, and using Google Analytics and attention tracking software to compile ROI reports. Hint: C-level stands for high-ranking executives of a company.
15 Handy Tools for Smooth Web Development [instantshift.com]
A compilation of tools to help the web developer save time, sweat and tears. Features IDEs, code validators, font testers, bug trackers, front-end frameworks, virtualization software, and more.
The Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared [sitepoint.com]
I feel like I keep saying this a little bit too much but… you really need a backup of your WordPress installation. Eventually every web developer makes a site-breaking mistake, and then you will wish you had some kind of fallback. Trust me. A lot of us have been there before.