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Sly under-the-radar website tools

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Robert Lentz

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in Admins,Office Management

“Hey, Nathan,” we asked our in-house web whiz recently, “what’s with all those tabs you have open? Anything good that admins should know about?”

“You’re smart to lurk around my desk like that,” Nathan replied. Did you know about these tools he uses regularly to keep our content looking sharp?

TinyJPG image compression: Use on your .jpg and .png files just before posting them online and it will make it as web-friendly as possible. Once running an image through this you’ll notice a smaller file size that will allow for faster load times. You can upload up to 20 images at once.

Browser-based WYSIWYG editor: Here’s a simple “what you see is what you get” HTML editor. (Make sure you double-check the code when you use this, as its creators will occasionally try to sneak in a link to an outside site.)

Browser-based image editor: It’s no Photoshop, but it’s very convenient and user-friendly. It can be used to resize images or make simple edits. Be mindful to save often!

Button generator: This tool generates buttons as either a PNG or as CSS.

Specific word counter: Use this when you’re trying to count how many times each word or phrase occurs in text to avoid painful repetition. Just cut and paste the text in and it returns a count.

Mobile-friendliness testing tool: This is a tool for testing and diagnosing issues with the mobile usability of a webpage—a factor that becomes more important every day and can go unnoticed by people within an organization. Test your workplace’s pages on your commute!

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