Get familiar with browser developer tools for speedy debugging

Browser development tools have been around for a long time and have and for web designers, these form defined place in the workflow. I use development tools in my own projects very frequently to the point that I probably take them for granted. But every so often I do hear a new announcement or discover a trick that makes me remember how useful they are and how I really could not live without them.

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Think like a user to boost your websites performance

website performance

When a web developer sits down to start working on the task of optimising the performance of their website they are likely not thinking of the outcome in the same way as the user.

Typically a developer has a tool set to measure their performance and can tell you to the nearest millisecond how fast their CSS file loaded and how fast the frame rate is in their animation.

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An introduction to the power of Web Components

Recently Web Components have been gaining and increasing amount of momentum for web app development. It is easy to see why as the inclusion of web components in a project allow the building of faster, smaller and smarter HTML. If this is the kind of code you would like to build into your project then Web components will help you achieve this.

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Can web designers survive in the web industry without coding skills?

web design code

Web building and drag and drop tools are getting better and are have become a viable option for professional website designers. Even web agencies have started to adopt tools like Squarespace and McCaw into their workflows. This is all reigniting the debate – do designers need to learn to code?

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Know how to back up your website and troubleshoot issues when switching your host

troubleshoot hosting

When maintaining a website it is virtually inevitable that at some point you may need to change your hosting provider.

There are lots of reasons why this may be the case – cost, space, server performance and support for example. I recently went through this experience myself as I missed the ability to make remote connections to my database. A feature I had gotten familiar with on a previous package.

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WordPress are moving to SSL, what do you need to do?

wordpress and ssl what do need to do for my website

There are changes ahead for WordPress users as the platform evolves to promote aspects of security including moving towards SSL.

WordPress plan to only promote hosting partners that provide an SSL certificate to their accounts by default. This will happen in early 2017.

Later WordPress will consider making features available only enabled if SSL is present. Such features would be those that would benefit from SSL encryption and like API authentication.

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Add another layer of website security with SSL/TLS encryption

Install SSL certificat

Any savvy web shopper will know to look out for the encryption symbol when buying on the web. It’s the little padlock that signals that a website is safe to use. Using SSL/TLS Protocol encryption means that no ‘man in the middle attacks’ can steal sensitive information like your credit card details.

You can secure your website too. The process is easier than it has ever been before, has lower costs to implement and can often even be free. Web sites secured with SSL will need to have installed an SSL certificate.

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