Why Website Speed is Important

Apr 2 2014 by Smriti Chawla | 3 Comments

It’s reasonable to assume that a website’s loading time is important.

We can confidently conclude that slow sites have usability and SEO issues because we know that users hate waiting for web pages to load and that Google uses site speed as a factor for its search rankings.

But, quantitatively, what are the other effects of having a slow website?

Let us look at some cases of tech companies sharing what they have learned about web optimization.

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A Guide to Social Logins

Feb 3 2014 by Jacob Gube | 2 Comments

This reference guide will discuss what social login is, look at social login examples in web apps, and provide links to relevant documentation and tutorials.

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Advanced Image Optimization Tricks

Dec 24 2013 by Rahul Mistry | 13 Comments

You can use automated image optimization tools to compress your images. However, if you also take the time to manually optimize them, you can further improve your results. Here are five techniques for manually optimizing images.

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7 Useful Git Tips for Beginners

Sep 4 2013 by Tobias Günther | 14 Comments

Back when I first started to use Git for version control, I wasn’t sure if all the learning I invested into it would pay off. Branching, staging, stashing — these Git terms were all foreign to me.

Today, I can’t imagine life without Git. Git not only gave me a much-needed ability to version-control my work, it also made me a better programmer.

Here’s a series of simple tips that will help you make Git an important part of your web development workflow.

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The 7 Stages of Drupal’s Learning Curve

Aug 23 2013 by Fredric Mitchell | 6 Comments

The 7 Stages of Drupal's Learning Curve

Drupal is awesome. Drupal is flexible. But Drupal is also hard.

If you’re just starting off developing with Drupal or have gone through a handful Drupal projects, it’s OK to feel lost. We’ve all been there.

The stages to getting through the difficult times with Drupal are remarkably similar to the well-known Kubler-Ross model for dealing with grief.

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Search Engine Rankings or Your Users?

Aug 14 2013 by Kerry Butters | 3 Comments

Search Engine Rankings or Your Users?

Google isn’t completely transparent with how web pages are ranked on their search engine results pages, but Google employee Matt Cutts has in the past confirmed that site speed does have a bearing on search engine ranking. Why? "Faster sites create happy users," Cutts said.

A recent study by Moz (producers of SEO software) carried out by data scientist Matt Peters along with Zoompf (a website performance platform) took an in-depth look at the correlation between site speed and Google search engine rankings.

The findings confirmed that website speed does matter when it comes to search engine rankings, but it’s Time To First Byte (TTFB) that makes the difference rather than page load times.

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How to Quickly Get Started with Git

Jul 26 2013 by Tobias Günther | 6 Comments

How to Quickly Get Started with Git

A basic understanding of version control has become a necessity for everyone working with code, no matter if you’re a software developer, a web designer, or even a graphics designer who has to work with developers in a team.

Apart from the have-to-know aspect, however, there are also a number of reasons why you should want to use a version control system (VCS).

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