Optimizing JPEGs for webpages

On a site I recently designed and developed, there’s a massive 3000x2365px background image behind the whole site. It was a JPEG that weighed in at 1.9mb. I thought surely we could shave more bits off that, but fiddling around with Photoshop’s Save As dialog didn’t yield much, in fact, saving it at a setting … Read more

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Why not WordPress?

I’m trying to create a simple content website for a client. It just needs a user-editable homepage slider and a simple image gallery. That’s it. I really don’t want to use WordPress for this because it seems like overkill for such a small site. I’ve been heavily researching alternatives. The only one I can find … Read more

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Don’t forget to use flexbox flex units

In a recent web design project for a client, I have a lot of content organized into boxes and responsively changed using CSS flexbox. Today I discovered that what I was doing with flexbox was wrong, and why my items looked like this when the width of the page was too small: Notice how the … Read more

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Better blog load times

I removed a lot of the code that shows the contents of my blog posts on the post list page to make things load a bit faster. Instead of loading all those images, now we’re just loading the links to the posts, which has cut down load times by 300-400ms. We were already loading within … Read more

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Going without adblock

In 2015 I’ve been trying some different things out, trying to shake up my established way of doing things. I tried to use Firefox as my default browser for a time, but that failed miserably. I also quit using Twitter, stopped buying so much stuff in exchange for buying more experiences with someone else, and … Read more

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“expires” headers

Was digging through a stash of guides I use for setting up web server VPSs so I could remember some specifics for a new VPS I was setting up, and I came across an nginx optimization guide that mentioned adding an expires property to a config file to conf.d. I couldn’t remember if I added … Read more

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