Everyone who has been computing for any length of time knows if you have too many applications demanding attention at one time on your computer the applications will begin to run more slowly. At other times applications seem to slow to almost a crawl and it is not always instantly perceptible why. Websites slow down, too, and knowing the reason, and what to do about it, can help deliver your visitors a much better user experience.
Webpage load time results - erroneous?
What I am showing you here is by no means a secret or a revolutionary repackaging of existing knowledge. In fact every webmaster and developer should already know these things but sometimes we all need a little reminder. The reason I am writing this today, in fact, is because my development center index page was taking some time to finish downloading. Even though the page appeared to be fully loaded I was still getting the loading icon in Google Chrome.
After noticing it was taking well over 15 seconds for the icon to stop I wanted to see what was happening on that page, and check to see if it was only that page, causing the slow finalization. Having a couple of third party widgets on that page is always suspect but since I also have some widgets on there I created I had an increased need to know.
On loading and reloading the page I noticed the content of the page hosted on that server and in that directory loaded quite quickly – within about 3 seconds total. Then the widgets began to load. I paused a little when I noticed my own widget, a widget which reads the RSS feed from this site (thekencook.com) and posts a snippet of the three most recent posts, was taking about 4 to 5 seconds to load. A Feedburner widget which shares links from some RSS feeds was taking about the same amount of time but then everything seemed to be loaded though the loading icon was present for up to 15 to 20 seconds.
How valuable can it be for me if someone tweets, “Does anyone know a PHP coder?” Quite a lot actually. Or maybe just a few hours of work. So it is important for me to know when my keywords are tweeted and just as important for me to react quickly by speaking up.
Free is sometimes affordable. With cost is not always better. And, while this article has no intention of being the definitive and ultimate resource guide for monitoring keywords on Twitter, I hope to show you a tool you can use to make your Twitter experience better.
I wrote a short article on landing pages over at ActiveRain this morning and thought I explained fairly well what a landing page is. I often take for granted that I live in a very techy sphere and I am surrounded mostly with people who eat, drink and birth tech. We’re the 2% ers in the real estate industry.
Simply defined a landing page is a single page designed for specific interaction on a specific topic with visitors. The goal is to encourage a transactional event and capture information from the visitor or illicit an order for a product or service.
I saw an article answering the question, “how can I get Contact Form 7 to display radio buttons and checkboxes on separate lines instead of all jumbled up”? And, of course, this is a great question and likely asked by … well, you. This would be why you’re here.
Most of the answers I have seen are really complex and not necessarily the best practice in coding so I thought I would share how I do it for myself and those very few clients so fortunate to have me working for them. Ahem.
Log in as admin. Navigate to your list of plugins. Find “Contact Form 7″. Click on the “Edit” link. Look on the right side and find the file that named “STYLES.CSS”. Click on it. This will open it for editing.
Free, online CSS menu maker
Free CSS menu maker
It is not always that one “can” create content and widgets “from scratch” sometimes it is about saving time and still achieving the same result. Every developer who has been developing for a year or more has already amassed a large library of re-usable code. Sometimes it is expedient for the developer and the client for the developer to access a simple tool to make the job go faster. Great developers pass the savings along to the client. Hint, hint.
Say a hard-coded site (not a CMS like WordPress or Joomla) needs a custom drop down menu and the site owner is a do-it-yourself kind of person. They could easily find code that could be modified by snooping or purchase software to create the menu. But why not use something that is free, fast and requires no download?
If you have used Twitter for more than about 15 minutes for business or networking purposes it did not take you long, at least the first time, to find the right people to follow. That day is long gone. There are fee services in abundance. There are quite a few free services, maybe even one I am not aware of, but most of them really aren’t even worth that price.
For those of you still stuck in the archaic maze of Windows Explorer it’s time to switch. For those of you who use Firefox, Safari or Chrome here is a fast, simple screenshot extension you’re probably going to love. Having tried several I have come to use this on the most. Oh I use Jing, Evernote, and have tried a dozen or so extensions but this one is the first choice out of my tool box for 95% of my screen capture needs.
What I like about it
Unlike some extensions or third party apps it loads almost immediately. Click the icon, it asks if I want the visible page, a selected area or the full page. (Note for https it’s visible or full only, not selected area.) Once I have made my choice and performed any necessary tasks it opens in the editing window where I can crop, label, blur, draw shapes, lines, and choose how I want to save the file. I can save locally, online temporarily or online permanently. See Figure 2.