It’s almost a little jarring, if you stop to think about it. Only two decades ago, the average size of a web page was 14.1 kilobytes. Anything larger was generally considered overdoing it.
As network technology improved and the Internet ingrained itself more and more into our lives, however, that number exploded – today, the average page hovers somewhere around 2 or 3 MB, and there’s no indication that this growth trend is going to stop anytime soon. Read more »
We live in a world where most operating systems can be navigated with a few clicks, taps, or swipes. To many, Linux seems almost to hail from another century, perhaps even another civilization. Small wonder that even some Linux administrators have trouble keeping all the commands and language they have to use in their day-to-day. Read more »
‘Tis the season to be jolly…unless you’re a webmaster. The days leading up to the Christmas Holidays – Cyber Monday in particular – are some of the most important in the year for digital storefronts, whose traffic is liable to shoot through the roof as more and more users do all their shopping online. By that same vein, the holidays themselves have been known to cause a 30-40% drop in web traffic, as people are more interested in spending quality time with family than doing any actual shopping. Read more »
The vast majority of sites on the web today use content management systems. The benefits are obvious: they remove the need to tangle with code, make it easy for non-technical people to run a site, and usually provide all the extensions you could ever need for adding functionality.
But, for all those benefits, there’s something of a trade-off. Content management systems like Joomla! and WordPress are dynamic site generators. Every time a user requests a page, it is generated on the fly. There are various ways of doing this, but the most common method — and the one used by WordPress — is by executing PHP code and making database requests. From a functionality perspective, that’s incredibly powerful, but the downside is that each stage in generating a page takes time. Compared to static sites, where everything is pre-made, dynamic sites can be slow — and that’s bad for users and for conversions. Read more »
The web is about to undergo one of the biggest upheavals in the way it is organized in decades. Since its inception, ICANN has kept a tight grip on the number of top-level domains. Over the next few months the number of generic top-level domains is going to explode. ICANN has been slowly working its way through a long list of applications for the management of new generic top-level domains. The process is coming to a conclusion and soon registrars will be able to start taking registrations for a significantly expanded range of gTLDs.
The new gTLDs, of which there will eventually be hundreds, introduce tremendous branding opportunities for businesses, but they also have the potential to cause headaches if companies are not properly prepared. Read more »
Earlier this month, the Worldwide Web Consortium announced that it will be working on standards that may lead to the inclusion of digital rights management in HTML 5.1. While W3C has no formal status as a standards body and browser manufacturers are free to ignore their recommendations, it seems likely that in the future we’ll see digital rights management included in the HTML video standards via the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Read more »
One of the major problems with standard shared hosting is the unequal allocation of finite resources. Most shared hosting companies run dozens (or more) of shared hosting accounts from a single static server. However powerful that server is, the resources at its disposal have an upper limit. Because many hosting companies oversell their shared hosting accounts, those upper bounds are often only a heavy-traffic day away.
Shared hosting clients have different needs at different times. One day your site may get a spike in visitors, the next day it could be one of your shared hosting neighbors. That’s fine so long as the server doesn’t get overloaded, but if several of the sites hosted on that server need a lot of resources at the same time, or if one or more sites is a frequent “bad neighbor,” using more than their “fair share” of the server’s resources, your site’s performance could be consistently hobbled.
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A business’s website is an essential tool for customers to find out about you and your services or products, and in many cases is your first contact with potential new clients. So if a website is essential to your business, what is essential to your website?
The most important items are a domain name, and a reliable web hosting service for the site. However, we’ll get to those items last and first provide a brief overview of the actual contents of thewebsite.
Below is a “Top 5” essentials checklist for items every website should have: