About WebTRUNK

So you may be wondering what this site is. Well, I have a short and long answer for you. First the short buzzword answer:

WebTRUNK is a dynamic action tool for fast-paced webmasters on the go to help simplify and optimize their daily workflow. Also, millennial gamification with organic innovation gives WebTRUNK a value based purpose for influencers in this growth market.

I have no idea what I just said. Let's try a real answer.

What is WebTRUNK

Without all the nonsense buzzwords I pulled from a list online, most of which had nothing to do with WebTRUNK, let's see if we can provide a better explanation of what this is.

WebTRUNK is the byproduct of us growing tired of typing. It is built on a collection of multiple tools we have constructed over the years to help improve our workflow by speeding up little things we do. While updating code in one of our generators, something hit us: going to multiple URLs for these tools is getting old.

We decided that a better direction would be to collect all of these tools into one single site. That site is WebTRUNK.

It started with numbers

Years ago we developed a random number generator. We did this for a very simple reason: Random.org was down at the moment.

It was a very simple tool. So simple that it took far longer to design the page than it did to actually make the functionality itself. But let's be honest, a random number generator doesn't really need a lot of features. Then again, maybe you might want to create an account, generate a number and store it for later remembrance. Maybe share your random number on Facebook and Twitter. Yeah, probably not.

After we built our random number generator, we moved on to creating a version that provided a Yes or No answer. Again, this one has a simple reason and is based purely on being "on the fence". Our lead developer likes to write. Sometimes when he writes, he comes up with an idea or direction in a story that he could go either way with. Having our Yes/No selector took that decision out of his hands and often led to interesting story changes and directions.

The Yes/No selector is also useful when you can't decide what you want to make for dinner.

The CLI Generators

A few years ago we started working a lot more through the command line of Linux servers. Day after day we were running a lot of the same commands but for different cPanel accounts, domain names, and email accounts. A lot of this was and still is done through custom scripting that is unique to those servers. Remembering the full command, including the flags we use for different purposes, wasn't sticking quite as quickly as we needed. Thus, the Linux CLI generator was created.

Most of what we have in that generator is not listed on this site because as mentioned, the scripts those commands work with are unique to those servers. It's not the same as just running a domlog search or restarting Apache. Instead, they are commands that work with scripting that does something else. The commands just tell those scripts what to do.

We have added several commonly used commands to the Linux CLI Generator on WebTRUNK. These are general purpose or at their most restrictive, built for specific operating systems and applications that are publically available (such as ATOP). We have also added the WordPress CLI Generator.

The WordPress CLI Generator is a command line generator that was built specifically for working with WP-CLI, a command line interface for WordPress. We are a WordPress focused development team. Our lead developer works with WP-CLI both here and with a major web hosting company. This tool was developed to help us and others, specifically those who are less familiar with WP-CLI.

WebTRUNK is incomplete

As with any web project, you're never really done. The same is true with WebTRUNK. We will continue to add to this site as the need arises. Already on the table are plans to include more in the WP-CLI generator. Seriously, WP-CLI can do a lot and while it's unlikely that we will include everything it can do (at least anytime soon), we do plan on adding more blocks of the common functionality that is used.

Also, since we use CentOS web servers and Ubuntu in desktop form, those are the two we are going to stick with. We won't be including everything that you can do with them but rather a lot of the common things. After all, this site was constructed to be a dumping ground of our own notes and generators that we use to speed up our own work.