One of the best parts of using a web template to build your website, is that you get to see, in your chosen development environment (Dreamweaver, Expression Web, etc) how your page is laid out.
Every year, thousands of small business and organization website operators decide that January, February, and March is when their website is due for an upgrade.
How excited for 2017 are you? We’re totally stoked. 2016 was an incredibly innovative year for us here at i3dTHEMES, but 2017 promises to eclipse that with some incredible new concepts that we’ve got in development.
We all want our websites to load fast.
I’m sure you’ve bailed from slow loading websites, while the spinner spins, and you look at your watch wondering how long it will take for the web page to load… you revert to contemplating the meaning of life… and wait… no! You don’t have time for that! And you click the back button, and try a different site.
In trying to speed up a website, one of the relatively easier tasks of satisfying the recommendations of Google PageSpeed Insights, is to “minify” your web pages.
And for the do-it-yourself web person, to minify a web page, you basically copy all of the HTML and paste it into a minfication web service (see example). Pretty easy right?
At first, you think “yeah, this is a piece of cake”!
But wait! The hassle isn’t over!
You realize that you certainly can’t overwrite your original web pages! So you’ve got to keep a separate copy of your website, with just your minified pages and resources. Because, if you overwrite your original files, you will NEVER be able to effectively edit them again in your website editor (Dreamweaver, Expression Web, etc) because the minification process strips all of the web editor specific instruction code from all of your pages.
Never mind, it would then be impossible to switch to code view to try to modify any HTML manually.
So, the next time you make a change in your menu, you have to re-minify all 53 of your pages, all over again, and re-upload them up to the server. UGH.
Wasted time. And time is too valuable to be wasting on such a mundane task.
What if there could be an easier way. One that didn’t mess up your original files or require you to keep a separate copy of your website. A way that minfied everything for you without you having to manually re-minify and manually re-upload your changed files.
Well, there is. And it’s freaking fantastic.
It’s called Accelerator.
Installation takes maybe 5-10 minutes, and then you’re done. It’s that easy.
But the super awesome thing about Accelerator is that it doesn’t stop at minifying your web pages. It also works to satisfy all of the other recommendations of Google PageSpeed Insights. Accelerator defers render-blocking resources, optimizes images, minifies content, enables browser caching, and gzip compression, all on the fly, without every changing your original website files.
And it can take your Google PageSpeed scores from 35% to 95% in minutes.
If you need to save time and need to have a fast loading website, Accelerator is THE tool to get the job done.
So you can go back to doing what is really important to you. You know, life.
I don’t know how you celebrate the holidays, but here in our home, our kids are turning themselves inside out waiting for Santa. And much like they are full of anticipation for what Christmas morning holds for them, we here at i3dTHEMES are excited for what 2017 has in store.
As we approach the end of the year, this week at i3dTHEMES has all been about “cleanup”. Between getting RASA ready for production, and working to continually improve the ACCELERATOR website plugin, our focus this week has been about refining our latest amazing products.
The week started off with a bit of a rush, so to speak, as we had to work on the image compression routines of ACCELERATOR, as over the weekend it seems that Google changed their PageSpeed Insights platform and how it measured image compression and optimization. We had that tidied up by Wednesday, and then continued to work on the refinement of the Critical CSS builder engine.
Last week we were thrilled to announce the launch of Accelerator. Accelerator makes Google PageSpeed optimization EASY, and just cranks up your Google PageSpeed score. This week we had the opportunity to install Accelerator for a client and was excited to take them from about 35% to 92%. Sweet!
In this weeks recap episode, I also share where Colin is in his development process for Rasa, along with what else he’s been working on.