If you’ve read other posts we publish on web performance you noticed we are big fans of Cloudflare. The ability to add caching, offload the origin server to lower load and improve server response time, benefit from robust DNS, auto-optimize images with WebP and AMP format, plus the added security of a web application firewall: Cloudflare plans simplify the life of site owners. One of the new features recently introduced is Argo, which provides smart routing, and promises to improve performance one step further. In this post we provide an outline of what Argo does and the results of our test drive. [Read more…] about Cloudflare Argo Test Drive and Benchmark
The internet started out with a big PC box and a monitor in the form of a CRT screen. You probably remember these cubic televisions and monitors, which got larger before finally transitioning to flat screens. Manufacturers made thinner screens. As content grew, search engines began indexing and ranking websites and pages based on desktop display and desktop compute power. Then something happened: we started using cell phones to access websites. Sites got better, and responsive: now most sites display nicely on mobile devices and adapt to the size of the screen. In fact, users access more webpages today from a cell phone than from a desktop. We live in a mobile-first world. However, search engines have kept their rankings and indexing methods using desktop-first. It’s time to change and Google recently announced they are moving Google Search to Mobile First. Depending on the magnitude of the change this could be almost zero impact. Or it could shift many sites from page 1 to page 2, 3 or 4, and vice versa. What are the implications for site owners?
There are plenty of WordPress themes in the market. With the advent of new technologies like AMP HTML and the evolution of ad units there are new opportunities for theme vendors to differentiate themselves. Over time the evolutions we’re highlighting in this post will likely make it into most templates. Whoever comes first will have an advantage, so here is a short list for designers to consider about the future of WordPress themes.
You want to grow users and scale a website? We work with many developers from around the world for the various tools and technologies we use on our sites. Gezim Hoxha is the creator of ZipRecipes, a WordPress plugin that structures recipe data into database format while adding metadata for search engines and other apps to be able to take advantage of it. Gezim’s customers are food bloggers and site owners and they often have questions for him on how to run and scale a website.
We recorded an hour long conversation on this topic and are adding in this post some key points to consider.
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The times of creating and selling products and services locally or nationally are those of the former centuries. In a global economy, if what you produce has value to a particular customer speaking one language, it’s quite likely that someone speaking a different language will share the same interest. A multi lingual website can make sense. In this post we go through the technical considerations when setting up sites and expanding internationally.