Why I Created Free Tools for WordPress

Why I Created Free Tools for WordPress

I created some reports to help people with WordPress sites. I’m not sure why I start working on these kinds of projects. But thinking back about it, something usually catches my attention that I want to know more about.

In this case it was crawling web pages using a programing language called Clojure. The language isn’t important for the end result, but it’s usually part of what peaks my interest.

I dove into creating something that would grab a web page and parse the content. After I had the content I wanted to do something useful with it.

Around the same time a client asked about some broken links on their site. That sparked the idea of checking links on the site. And a friend of mine was talking about how the Google Analytics code on their clients sites often gets broken through other updates to the site.

Those ideas provided a nice excuse to continue building the basic report. While building it out I looked at some other similar reports and continued looking for reasons to continue development. Reason / excuse same thing.

From there I wanted to create a quick view of the page. What’s the Social and SEO stuff on the page? Are there broken links? Is Google Analytics setup correctly?

WordPress General Report

 

I like building things. I like those things to be used and useful.

So here’s the ask. Please try out the reports and send me feedback! http://tools.wpsupporthq.com.

I’m looking for everything from “this is confusing” to “it’d be great if it did this”. It’s all helpful and it’ll fuel me to continue to make the reports better.

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