Earth Notes: On Website Technicals

Read my nitty-gritty tech updates and daily learnings while keeping the Earth Notes site up and running (index); site stats also.

These notes will be updated intermittently, usually when I should be doing something else!

These notes are all about the interesting (and mundane) behind-the-scenes tech bits to grow and optimise this site, including purely technical measures such as speed, but also user experience beyond just adding new articles and updating existing ones.

Please try the useful tools, reasonably recently used and re-used by me, and encountered while writing these entries, listed under Sources and Links.

Also please take a look at the simple automatically-updated site stats below.

I welcome feedback on any of the issues that I have discussed. I share this stuff because it's interesting and because writing it here may save someone else some unnecessary head-scratching! No longer do we need to really know anything technical, nor own a shelf full of reference books (so '90s!), we just need to be able to compose queries for our favourite search engines!

The newest pages are at the top of this list, and the newest items are at the top of each linked page. Enjoy!

Notes On Site Technicals: Greatest Hits

PSNR lo-fi PNG autogeneration, page media.
too little markup, bad traffic, big hero, base download ms, service worker no rel, jump-to.
Googlebot warp space, image re-optimisation, even liter, defer, inlining, video.
rounded corners, mobile usability, HTTP/2 vs mobile, bad bot, UnCSS tweaks, latency, unit tests, visuals, Save-Data, lite vs mobile.
ImageMagick 20 years and Brew, autogen banners, old eyes, optimised ads, mobile traffic, brotli, doctype, JPEG fun, purifycss, UnCSS, OnDemand.
Atom sitemaps (un)pending, Googlebot bandwidth, HTML improvements, big beast hunting with regex, heroes, Cache-Control, restart drill, minifying.
ad injection, meta, static precompression, zopfli, HTTP/head response overhead reduction, Bing Webmaster Tools, FeedValidator, Share42, utf-8.
CDN revoked, structured data, 10 years old, XML sitemap at long last and lastmod, HTML5 conformance, PageSpeed.


Stats updated: 2018-01-20T16:09Z

Fraction bot hits0.404
Fraction GET 200s0.658
Fraction GET 206s0.004
Fraction GET 301s0.029
Fraction GET 304s0.020
Fraction GET 403s0.233
Fraction GET 404s0.030
Fraction GET 416s0.000
Fraction GETs0.974
Fraction human main-page GET 200s0.063
Fraction human m/(m+www) main-page GET 200s0.071
Fraction m/(m+www) site hits0.086
Mean human m main-page transfer bytes13083
Mean human www main-page transfer bytes13952
Mean m transfer bytes9502
Mean www transfer bytes13282
Unique human IPs/day equivalent140