A Move to NameCheap

For the longest time I have been registering my domains at Hover and loved. I can’t fault Hover however they are not cheap.

Recently I started to move my domains over to NameCheap for 1 reason – price. NameCheap is $11 for a .com as opposed to $15 at Hover. $4 per year is not a lot for 1 or 2 domains but when you are renewing in excess of 60 domains this adds up very quickly. In total the move is going to save me around about $200 per year.

That is not the only reason however, Hover only provide support between 8am and 11pm Eastern Standard Time. As a UK based business this is not idea. I have a lot of customers domains with them and if I need to get hold some somebody I can’t – and you do need to use support for a lot of things that can’t be done in the control panel.

Not only do I save money but for all new domains you can buy a matching SSL for as little as $2 for the first year. Something this is a bargain as I often need SSL certificates with my new domains.

PasteBot: A Life Saver

Ok so I copy and paste a lot. I get content in Word and need to paste into websites daily. PasteBot allows me to not only quickly copy 3 or 4 pieces of information at once but then apply filters to them before pasting.

After starting a 14 day trial I used the app for about 6 hours before putting down the £9.99 to buy it. That is how good the application is.

So I clearly fell in love but why?

One word, filters. As a web developer i often gets bullet lists in Word that need to be added to a website. This normally requires a fair about of time copying HTML tags around each item however with PasteBot filters this is 2 clicks and it is automatically pasted into place.

Yep more. Taking screenshots with crtl+Shit+4 on a mac copies the image to the clipboard rather than saving it to your desktop. PasteBot saves each of these images allowing me quickly take a series of screen grabs and paste them into my document as I need them.

PasteBot probably saves me a good 30 minutes if not more each day – well worth the £9.99 asking price.

CodeRunner Review

CodeRunner is a relatively new comer to the code editor space and one of the few native applications and not building on on HTML and JavaScript.

Becuase of the native code CodeRunner is smooth, fast and never hangs no matter how many files are part of your project.

The number of files is key as CodeRunner will suggest functions from other files and classes which is huge in modern development. My typical web application has around 400 files with code spread across all of these and without any 1 file the application will not work.

All taken into account CodeRunner 2 is a great application for code editing and I have been a long time Sublime user. I will continue to use CodeRunner 2 for a long time to come.

Blogo Revisited

Blogo recently had a large update that fixed a lot of bugs and moved to a freemium pricing model. With these changes I thought it was about time I revisited the application and updated my thoughts on it.

With the new update the basic blog post management and creation is free for 1 blog. The image editor is also free as well as the improved Markdown support and WYSIWYG editor. For £7.99 a month you can manage multiple blogs and manage and reply to comments.

The writing experience is not on the level of a writing application like IA Writer or even Desk PM but it is still a huge improvement over writing in WordPress itself.

Blogo Editor

I’ve been in search of improving my writing workflow on WordPress for some time and nothing seems to cover what I want. For the longest time I have been writing in IA Writer and then copy and pasting my work into WordPress for publishing – not ideal. Blogo seems to be going in the right direction for what I want from a writing/publishing application but it still has a long way to do. It works better then Desk PM for publishing to WordPress however it still lacks so much when it comes to the writing experience.

Desk PM

I’ve always been looking for a great writing app that allows me to produce the large amounts of content I create on a daily basis and easily publish this to any number of the WordPress sites I regually post to. Recently I’ve been using Draft as I needed something web based however now I am back in my office full time I want something for Mac.

Initally I went back to IA Writer but really missed not having direct posting to WordPress so started to look around. I found Desk PM – a writing app made for both writers and bloggers.

Ok so what is that exactly. Well imagine IA Writer with a few publishing options and the ability to preview the post on your website. It is a full Markdown editor as well as a WYSIWYG.

Desk PM

So where does it fall short. Well it doesn’t allow full blog management like Blogo and the Markdown syntax is not faded as it is with IA Writer or even Gust. All in all Desk PM offers a good writing expirence but doesn’t come close to dedicated writing apps.

I recently went back to using Gust on my personal site and will probably provide an updated review on the plugin in a couple of weeks time after I have really tested the latest version as it seems to of improved a lot in recent releases.