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  • Google PageSpeed: Website Optimization Out Of The Box

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    Rumor has it that there are literally countless aspects influencing the ranking of websites in Google. Besides the ever so valuable content and the still important backlinks to your site, our greatest search engine tends to throw long hard looks at the performance, the loading time of your digital subsidiary. Long loading times get on everybody’s nerves. Google knows that and ranks optimized pages better, a big advantage in terms of SEO. Optimization does not only cost time, but needs a lot og knowledge, too. Google has two solutions in store with which optimizing your websites can become a whole lot easier, easy even. Ever heard of PageSpeed?



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  • WebEngage Interactivates Your Website

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    Your main goal in running a commercial website may be set to high profitability. Especially when you are running an online shop, you will want to generate the highest revenue possible, the more buyers you attract the better. In ecommerce one strong handicap exists. You cannot interact with the prospective buyer in a way you would be able to in a real shop of the analog world. The would-be buyer has to rely on the one-way communicative efforts your website offers. WebEngage changes that, if you let it…



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  • Create Favicons Online With These 5 Useful Tools

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    Favicons are to websites what bread and water is to human beings: essential. They’ve been around long-since and will still be when we all have perished. Shortly after the inception of the web, they started their triumphal march. Nowadays, favicons are not long thought or talked about, they are just implemented like a duck takes to water. To create them, several solutions exist. First on there are plugins or native functionality for common desktop software solutions. What we want to focus on today are solutions in the form of online services. There are a few and they differ quite considerably.



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  • New Tools: CSS-Preprocessor Roole and HTML Converter Markdown.css

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    Astonishing things happen inside the development community. It keeps pushing out tools at an hourly rate, where some tools become essential and others are never again heard of. Today we will be looking at two tools, one from each side of this spectrum. While Roole, a JavaScript-based preprocessing CSS language, proves immediately useful, Markdown.css asks for a deeper look, or two.



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  • Pinstamatic Pimps Pinterest, Allows for Sharing of Websites, Texts and Places

    You know that the social network Pinterest limits itself to the sharing of visual media, images foremost. Even though this is surely part of its success, there are times when you’d like to share other content, especially when the content is not available as an image. In these cases, Pinstamatic, a new service to extend Pinterest’s capabilities comes into play. Pinstamatic allows for the sharing of texts, websites and places. It enhances the presentation of images also.



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  • HINT.css – Tooltips In Pure CSS3 And HTML5, No JavaScript Needed

    Tooltips in HTML pages general do not need any effort from a developer’s side, as long as they put proper title attributes to their elements. The title is then used for showing the tooltip, but also for other things, such as providing a screen reader with proper content. Speaking of the use case of tooltips, the visual presentation depends on the browser your site gets visited with. Developers with the need for more control turned to JavaScript bases solutions years ago. Kashagra Gour created Hint.css, which proves as a decent alternative, based completely on CSS and HTML.



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  • Tips for Designing Small Websites Faster and Cheaper without Sacrificing Quality

    Web designers/developers often find themselves needing to turn down small projects simply due to a lack of time or budget. For instance, a friend may be starting a doggie daycare and needs a simple website to provide clients with information. Or maybe a cousin needs to create a website for her social club events. Some of these projects may only pay in exchange of services, a much lower fee than you would offer if it wasn’t your cousin, or maybe even no pay at all.



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  • Close Up: Decent Zoom Effects with elevateZoom for jQuery

    Onlineshops have them. I particularly like the product pictures over at Amazon. Hovering the pictures with your mouse enables a zoom effect that shows a larger portion of the original right beside the image. If you like these presentations you might also like to implement similar effects into your own web projects. The jQuery plugin elevateZoom promises to achieve just that. It can even be customized to vary the effects to your liking.



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  • Tear Down This Wall: HTML_CodeSniffer Checks Websites For Accessibility

    Accessibility is a major societal task that is constantly gaining in importance. Websites are no exception here. Even more so, online services for some people are their sole possibility of taking part in social life. Thus accessibility is a vital precondition to allow handicapped people to claim their share of the information age. HTML_CodeSniffer is a tool to check any given website for compliance to given standards. The tool generally works as a bookmarklet and can be invoked while surfing around any given website easily.



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  • Heyoffline.js Notifies Your Users When They Go Offline

    The new features of HTML5 offer online and offline events that can be queried to check for an existing internet connection. Especially web apps need to be able to rely on the proper transmission of the state of the web connection to avoid losing data. The JavaScript library Heyoffline.js provides functionality to achieve just that.



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