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Google’s Lighthouse Is A User-Centered Performance-Testing Tool

We all understand that faster websites and more responsive web applications are better for users and for conversions, but it’s not clear exactly what we mean by fast. High-performance server hosting provides the foundation of a fast site, but there’s a lot more to building a great user experience.

A site may load its main content quickly, but force the user to wait 30 seconds to scroll. A web application may load quickly, but offer painfully slow interactions. Or it may load content quickly and react snappily to user interactions, but spend a minute or more rearranging content on the page as advertising loads.

Gatsby Is A Fast React-Based Static Site Generator

It’s been a while since we last looked at a static site generator and, in the intervening months, the state of the art has advanced. Today, I’d like to take a look at Gatsby, a JavaScript static site generator capable of building websites that are even faster than standard static sites by some measures.

Gatsby is a React-based static site generator. If you’re not familiar with React, it’s a hugely popular front-end view framework from Facebook. Gatsby websites are composed of React components which are used to generate what are, in essence, JavaScript web applications.

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Misc

What Is The Difference Between A VPS and A VPN?

The web and server hosting world is full of abbreviations that look as though they were designed to confuse inexperienced hosting clients: IaaS, PaaS, SSD, SSL, VPN, VPS, and many more. It’s especially confusing when abbreviations are similar, but mean completely different things, as is the case with VPN and VPS. I’ve often heard hosting clients say VPN when they mean VPS, and vice versa.

Three Easy Tips For Better Data Hygiene

With GDPR just around the corner, businesses must confront an uncomfortable truth. Their data is dirty and disorganized. They don’t know where critical files are stored, and they’ve only a dim idea of how employees are sharing and accessing sensitive information.

It’s a little confusing, honestly. The same organization that might have an intricate, perfectly-organized filing system for physical documents might simply toss up its hands in frustration when it comes to the digital world. I’m certain most people understand the importance of organizing their digital data.

Three Things You Need To Know About Hosting A Game Server

Video games have come a long way from the days of the Atari. Today, gamers can play with people from all over the world as easily as if they were on the same couch. And that’s awesome.

It creates a sense of community, inspires friendships that transcend borders, and generally makes for a great experience for everyone involved. But maybe that sense of camaraderie isn’t enough. Maybe you want to run your own server, and create your own community.

Prettier vs ESLint: What’s The Difference?

Except for disagreements about the superiority of their favorite text editor, there’s little that inspires arguments among developers more readily that code style. Whether it’s the K&R vs. ANSI brace wars or JavaScript’s semicolon rebels, developers often believe in the inherent rightness of their favorite style. There is also a contingent of developers who, weary of the debate, declare with an equal stridency that code style is an idiosyncratic and subjective decision not worth arguing about.

  • Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Misc

How Do New Online Businesses Build An Organic Email List?

In spite of the ubiquity of social media, email marketing is still one of the most effective ways for new and growing online businesses to get the word out. Almost everyone has an email account. Although they may spend more time on social media than in their email inboxes, consumers would rather receive permission-based promotional content via email than phone calls or social media messages.

Three Major Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Cyber Risk Assessment

While it’s certainly important to have tools and systems in place to detect and mitigate cyber attacks, the best approach to protecting your business against digital threats will always be proactive. By assessing weaknesses in your physical and digital infrastructure, you can determine how your business might be targeted. And by acquiring that knowledge, you can prevent that from happening at all.

Mind you, simply performing a cyber risk assessment isn’t enough to guarantee you’re safe from a cyber attack. The biggest error any business can make is assuming they’re entirely impenetrable. There are always blind spots, and there will always be vulnerabilities.

February 2018’s Best Open Source, Cybersecurity, and Web Development Content

Beautiful and fresh grass in the morning

We are finally in the second month of 2018 and so far, love was in the air, Winter Olympics had a data breach, and “ransomware” is officially in the Oxford Dictionary. If you’re looking for some inspiration or just good content, check out our first 2018 roundup! If you enjoy this collection of the web’s top articles, feel free to follow us over on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the same great content the rest of the year

Service Workers On Safari Makes Progressive Web Apps A Serious Alternative To Native Applications

Progressive Web Apps have been building steam over the last couple of years. As you might expect, Google is a big supporter. The web is Google’s domain and it makes sense for it to support an initiative that makes web applications more attractive. Apple, however, is more invested in native applications and the App Store. It’s not obviously in Apple’s interest to support features like offline functionality and installation to device home screens for web applications.

But, with the announcement that the Safari 11.1 Beta includes support for both Service Workers and Web App Manifests, it looks like the idea of a universal application-like experience that works across all major platforms is becoming a reality.