Is Your Website Slow?

If your web pages are taking a long time to load, you could be negatively impacting your business in several ways. To maximize on your traffic and sales potential, you’ll have to pay attention to page speed and performance. Understanding how it applies to important aspects of your website design will play a key role in maximizing your outcome. Here are a few important areas regarding your website design and page speed :

  1. User Experience –
    If users have to wait, they’ll leave. Simple as that.
  2. SEO (search results) –
    Google is now factoring in page speed in their search results (“algorithm”). Content needs to be clear, relevant, informative, and fast!
  3. Optimization –
    If your website is not optimized for page speed or your hosting configuration is sub-standard, there are some improvements to be made!

See what Sky1’s page speed was on the day of writing this post:

Just over half a second!

March 26 at 04:33:43 from San Jose, California, USA. The web page took 561 ms to load, used 25 requests, and weighed in at 1.1 MB.

The Google Page Speed performance grade for this web page is 99/100

Be sure to test your website from the San Jose server to get the most realistic page speed results closest to your local Bay Area customers.

If you want your website to load faster than your competitor’s website, there are several options for your business! Contact Sky1 for a website evaluation today.

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Is Your Website Secure? Google to Factor HTTPS as a Ranking Signal

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Google announced in 2014:

Security is a top priority for Google. We invest a lot in making sure that our services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means that people using Search, Gmail and Google Drive, for example, automatically have a secure connection to Google.

Beyond our own stuff, we’re also working to make the Internet safer more broadly. A big part of that is making sure that websites people access from Google are secure. For instance, we have created resources to help webmasters prevent and fix security breaches on their sites.

We want to go even further. At Google I/O a few months ago, we called for “HTTPS everywhere” on the web.

We’ve also seen more and more webmasters adopting HTTPS (also known as HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security), on their website, which is encouraging.

You can check to see if your website is encrypted here: https://shaaaaaaaaaaaaa.com

Wave Accounting WordPress Plugins

wordpress-logo-notext-rgbWe are very happy to hear about the upcoming release of Wave Accounting’s new API for developers. We have already begun developing WordPress plugins for its release. Integrations include Authorize.net payment processing (ARB, CIM, AIM), WooCommerce, TeamWorkPM API, and many more.

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These integrations will help you manage and synchronize your customer’s billing information from one place, while accepting credit cards from the gateway provider of your choice, and regaining control of the design of your invoices, along with the ability for your customers to pay their balances online – directly from the invoice.

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If you’re a Wave Accounting / WordPress user and are in need of a Wave Accounting WordPress Plugin, we would love to hear your feedback! Please leave us a comment below with your suggestions and requests, so we can develop plugins that support the largest community of users possible, and of course we will keep you updated here.

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My New Inspiration: Installation Art

This is an art that just blows my mind in every way possible, so I think its worth sharing. It’s definitely the type of art that inspires me as a creative thinker. I don’t even know what to call it, therefore, I have named it Installation Art. Oops: I just googled that phrase and it turns out I didn’t come up with it – go figure.

In any event, meet artist Reuben Margolin.

I discovered Reuben’s work when I recently walked into the David Brower Center, and hanging from the raised ceiling was one of his installments, rotating and flowing in a mechanical, geometrical, sculptured, patterned, fluid-like thing in motion.

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Worthy Ocean Cleanup Project Seeks Funding

This 19 year old creative genius appears to have invented a realistic ocean cleanup concept. He needs funding to prove the potential…Amazing! I haven’t read too much about the specifics of the project but the story is very inspiring nonetheless.

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At the time of publishing this blog post, the campaign had raised $6,969 of the $80,000 stated goal, with 30 days remaining.

With $80,000, we can cover all estimated costs to scientifically prove the concept’s feasibility. Our research includes 35 research topics in the fields of engineering, oceanography, (geo)physics, ecology, finance, maritime law and recycling.

By finishing this all-important study, we can continue with an open ocean pilot, followed by the actual full-scale execution of The Ocean Cleanup.

 

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Garage Speakers Resurrected by Blue Tooth Technology

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I love independent projects. This one is currently getting more funding than it asked for, on Kickstart.
A little blurb about the project from Apartment Therapy.
If there’s anything we believe here at Apartment Therapy is using what you’ve already got, whether it be an old chair makeover or leftovers cooked up to perfection. So goes the same for old tech…in this case old audio speakers you might have laying around the garage, attic, or basement waiting to be brought back to service…and with wireless connectivity!

I have 2 speakers waiting for a Vamp right now.

Source:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1238747394/the-vamp-bring-back-the-sound
Source:  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/reuse-and-power-old-speakers-with-bluetooth-connectivity-using-the-vamp-kickstarter-186917?

World’s Quietest Room Makes People Lose Marbles

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I’ve read nobody has been able to handle this room longer than 45 minutes. I bet I can.

Sometimes, you need a little peace and quiet to stay sane. But it turns out too much quiet can drive you crazy- or at least make you hallucinate. That’s what scientists at Orfield Labs in Minneapolis have found by studying how subjects react in their anechoic chamber, also known as the world’s quietest room. The sound level in the room, which actually has the Guinness World Record, is -9 decibels, compared to the average “quiet” room’s 30, according to MPR News.

Keep reading at…
http://news.discovery.com/human/life/worlds-quietest-room-will-drive-you-crazy-in-30-minutes.htm