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Welcome my friends to a second installment and follow-up to our Speed Up The Web series. In this installment we will be discussing another similar technique that was previously discussed in Part I. Minifying and Concatenating your stylesheets and javascripts. The previous process discussed a method to do this for your .Net website automatically by parsing the outputted HTML for your stylesheets and scripts, combining them into one string each, saving the strings to server cache and finally rendering them through a gzipped output. This is all done by utilizing a .Net HttpModule. I thought it would be the perfect solution, but have since found out otherwise. While the methology involved remains the same, the delivery method is what is changing. I have found that… 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
Does the whole idea of Internet marketing intimidate you? Are you thinking of hiring a professional? Well, we've got great news for you. It's really not difficult to do search engine optimization (SEO) yourself - you can save hundreds of dollars, and get the same results as the professionals do. You will probably get better results from highly qualified professionals, but you should definitely perform these do-it-yourself actions first. Once you've done some of this kind of work it will be easier to determine if a professional is worth his/her salt. Basic SEO is very simple and easy - all it takes is the willingness to put in the work. Once you know the ropes, it's not that difficult though it can be time consuming.… 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