Kevin Pirnie' Articles

In part I, I walked you through my server setup to achieve a 1 second load time for my site.  It is a Wordpress site, with a custom theme I developed. I gandered at the possibility of by-passing Wordpress's front-end engine, however, I found myself needing some of the built-in functionality Wordpress offers.  Items like custom posts, pages, and even posts are simple sql queries, however; widgets, shortcodes, and most plugins then become unavailable. So, I delved into the realm of research and found Wordpress core functionality offered the functionality I required, with very little performance hit; so I decided to simply extend some memcached functionality when pulling my pages/posts/widget/etc... The only thing I found that I lost was time, and in the end drastically improved the… Read More
Mobile internet browsing is on the rise people!  As of this posting the number of people browsing the internet from a mobile device is up to 18% vs. a declining 82% browsing from a desktop computer.  These numbers are up 6% since this time last year. ~ http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vs_desktop-ww-monthly-201209-201309 What does this tell us? Well, plain and simple, as time goes on and mobile devices keep improving we will see these numbers reverse... meaning soon enough it will be 82% browsing from mobile! How does this relate to web design? It means that we as web developers really need to take a step back and start planning more for the future of our clients and their online presence(s).  Even if it means we have to take a… Read More
Today is an age of broadband. More and more people are going this route determined to experience the web and it's multitude of services as quick and painless as possible. Coupled with the move to broadband, more and more people are experiencing the web via their mobile devices, and it is this, that most developers/designers forget about. With mobile devices becoming more and more mainstream, it is more important than ever that we as designers, and developers imply the importance of optimized web sites to our clients. With this in mind, I would like to introduce some strategies I imply when developing a website, or web application. Optimize your images! Most clients now a days realize that most people are connecting to their site through… Read More
When you think of designing a website for yourself, chances are that  you dream of a website with all the bells and whistles – flash movies,  stunning images, streaming audio – the works! But, unknown to you, these  elements may actually be damaging your business prospects because what  appears attractive on the surface is detractive when it comes to search  engines rankings. If your website includes these elements, it is  automatically relegated to a much lower rank even though the content is  relevant and you are making use of cutting edge technology. In short, it is important to stay away from design elements that can damage search engine rankings. Unfortunately, a recent poll showed some appalling results. 1 in  every 10 website designers believes that… Read More