Earth Notes: On Website Technicals
Tech updates on the nitty gritty of making the Earth Notes site work: index page.
To be updated intermittently, usually when I should be doing something else!
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.
Useful tools, preferably reasonably recently used, and encountered while
writing these entries, are listed at
I would welcome feedback on any of the points that I have raised.
Notes On Site Technicals: Greatest Hits
Newest entries are at the top of this page and each linked page.
3: 2017/08 Atom sitemaps (un)pending, Googlebot Bandwidth, backups, HTML Improvements, hunting with regexes, front-page heroes, Cache-Control, restart drill...
2: 2017/07 ad injection, meta, static precompression, zopfli, HTTP/head response overhead reduction, Bing Webmaster Tools, FEEDValidator, Share42, utf-8.
1: 2017/06 CDN revoked, structured data, 10 years old, XML sitemap at long last and lastmod, HTML5 conformance, PageSpeed.
Sources and Links
Accessibility According To Actual People With Disabilities: this site's two main sins would seem to be walls of text and black-on-white.
Share42.com social sharing buttons: lightweight and non-tracking. Google's
Webmaster Central Help Forum.
Feed (eg Atom) validation and W3C's tool. Google's
Structured Data Testing Tool.
WebPagetest for site performance testing.
Test My Site With Google for mobile performance.
Nibbler: a free tool for testing websites.
Screaming Frog SEO Spider: "The SEO Spider is a desktop program you can install locally on PC, Mac or Linux which crawls websites’ links, images, CSS, script and apps to evaluate onsite SEO."
SEO Web Page Analyzer with interesting point about value of link anchor text (eg when read out by screen reader) to be able to decide to follow the link or not.
Check My Links Chrome extension to validate links from the current page. CSS minification at
cssminifier.com. HTML minification at
htmlcompressor.com: gives me courage to know what I can safely tune myself! Image compression
online with TinyPNG or off-line with zopflipng or OptiPNG.
PageSpeed Insights from Google, which will provide compressed/minified versions of assets, as well as reporting what should be fixed/optimised.
W3C Validator and HTML outliner.
CSS validator, including embedded in an HTML page.
TagCrowd, Wordclouds: Create word cloud from, eg, Web page.
Share42.com efficient, small, non-spyware social media sharing buttons. Normalise characters in response to a W3C validation warning "Text run is not in Unicode Normalization Form C" with
Pixabay for some handy images: thanks!