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Faster Load Times Through Image Optimization

Faster Load Times Through Image Optimization

Despite the fact that more Internet clients now have much faster connections, an huge amount of the internet population still have slow connections, at home and especially on mobile devices. In order to keep from excluding them when you're planning your site, optimizing images is an extremely important step for improving the load time of your site.  Google and other search engines also give preference to pages with faster load times so image optimization helps with SEO optimization.

By and large, all the content on your site will load quickly even with the slowest internet providers. Large unoptimized images are the main cause for slow loading times in websites. It is important to find a nice balance between a lack of images and so many images that loading takes forever. Websites that load slowly are also more likely to have visitors leave for a site which loads more quickly and easliy.

You can remove extra information that is embedded into images by using Photoshop or other image editing software. This information isn't necessary for use on the web and can greatly affect the size of images. Images online for the most part only display at 72 dpi, with exception for retina screens, this is another area which can be addressed.

There are many online image editors and optimizers which you can use to fix images to improve load time. Just a few are Dynamic Drive, Imageoptimizer, and Kraken.  There is also free software such as Gimp which works much like Photoshop and can perform these functions and much more.

 

 

Importance of a Sitemap

The Importance of a Sitemap

A sitemap is regularly recognized as redundant at present in building websites, and that is in fact the actuality. You made a sitemap for the sole purpose of having one. By highlighting the significance of having a generally developed sitemap, you will have the ability to tailor your own particular sitemap to suit your requirements.

1) Navigation purposes

A sitemap actually goes about as a guide of your site. Assuming that your guests skims your site and gets lost between the many pages on your site, they can just allude to your sitemap to see where they are, and explore through your pages without hardly lifting a finger.

2) Conveying your site's topic

The point when your guests load up your sitemap, they will get the essence of your site inside a quite short measure of time. There is no compelling reason to get the "whole enchilada" of your site by perusing through each one page, and by doing that you will be helping your guests' efficiently browse.

3) Site enhancement purposes

When you make a sitemap, you are really making a solitary page which holds connections to each and every page on your site. Envision what happens when web index robots hit this page - they will accompany the connections on the sitemap and regularly each and every page of your website gets listed via web crawlers! It is additionally for this reason that a connection to the sitemap must be put conspicuously on the front page of your site.

4) Organization and pertinence

A sitemap empowers you to have a complete elevated perspective of your site structure, and at whatever point you have to include new substance or new segments, you will have the ability to mull over the existing pecking order simply by looking at the sitemap. Thus, you will have a splendidly sorted out site with everything sorted as per their pertinence.

From the above reasons, it is most vital to execute a sitemap for site ventures with an extensive size. Through thusly, you will have the capacity to keep your site effectively accesible and flawlessly sorted out for everybody.

Top 5 Joomla Extentions

I've been creating most of my clients websites in Joomla for a few years now.  Occasionally I create sites in Wordpress or Zen-cart but I will talk about those some other time.  Right now I am going to let you know my favorite joomla plugins components and modules.  

Xmap

While being a web designer, I am also very concerned with SEO and creating a xml sitemap is vital for having your site indexed quickly and accurately.  Xmap allows you to choose which menus you want listed in the sitemap, so if there is a hidden user menu hiding it from the sitemap is easy.  This helps especially in high traffic niches which can have hack attempts regularly.  

Widgetkit

This component from Yoo-themes is quite versitile.  I use it for maps with single or multiple locations, image sliders, and accordian menus.  It does so much more though. The locations in the maps are clickable for directions with settings to allow or disable this.  There are multiple ways to use the gallery to create an image wall, slide sets, a single slider image.  Widgetkit allows you to create a lightbox on images, as well as a spotlight effect.  It also allows for embedding media such as video or audio.  For a single component it is quite versitile and extensive in its function, bravo Yoo-theme.

Forms

I have been a loyal Fox contact user for a while now.  I think its the simplest most attractive contact form you can use.  I have recently found a few others that I also like. One in particular is Form Maker (lite).  The lite version is free and has functionality that cannot be accomplished with Fox Contacts simple setup.  Another alternative to Fox Contact which works well is simpleform.  It also looks very good and doesn't require a donation to remove the maker link.  

Rokcomments

Social interaction is an important addition in recent web design techniques.  Rokcomments makes it simple to integrate comments on articles, with your facebook app id.  It's simpler than you think, and rokcomments walks you through the steps in the plugin screen.  Rokcomments works with many different systems as well as facebook, so if you'd rather use disqus, intensedebate, or livefyre those are simple to set up as well.  The comment system is easily cusomized to fit nicely into your web design.

Social Share Buttons

This plugin is great for allowing your visitors to post the article they just read to their favorite social site.  I usually disable a few since the list of available sites is so large.  It also allows for likes and +1's.  Put it at the beginning or the end of an article, choose which categories or articles you want commenting allowed on and much more.  

 

These are just a few of my favorites that make working in Joomla a bit easier.  Finding the set of plugins that allow your sites to function well is important whether you're using Joomla, wordpress, zen-cart, drupal, magento or any of the available management systems.  

Great Design Practices

Your site is the place your business dwells - its like the online headquarters of a physical organization. Thus, it is imperative to practise quality standards to determine your site connects with the greatest number of guests promoting your business to as many individuals as could possible.

Verify you have clear navigation on the route of your site. The main menu ought to be uncluttered and clear with the goal that guests know how to explore around your site with ease.

Lessen the amount of pictures on your site in order to increase your load time, as this is now a large factor in Google rankings. Also customers will navigate away if the website loads slowly and as a rule they are generally unnecessary. When you think any picture is key on your site, optimize it utilizing photo editing software so they have a smaller file size and load quickly.

Writing in short paragraphs keeps the readers attention. In the event that a passage is excessively long, you may as well part it into seperate sections to improve readability. This is vital since a long article will encourage guests to skim or skip reading altogether.

Determine your site consents to web models at www.w3.org and verify they work on all browsers. Assuming that your site looks incredible in Internet Explorer however breaks horribly on Firefox, Chrome and Opera, you will miss out on a considerable measure of prospective guests.

Avoid using javascript on your site unless it is necessary for functionality. Use scripting dialects to serve data, not for creating visuals which can be accomplished with css. Substantial scripts will back off the load time of your site and may not work on all browsers, so a few guests may miss imperative data as a result.

Use CSS to style your page content since it saves a lot of work by styling all components on your site in one shot.



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