Earth Notes: On Website Technicals

Read my nitty-gritty tech updates and daily learnings while keeping the Earth Notes site up and running (index); site stats also.

These notes will be updated intermittently, usually when I should be doing something else!

These notes are all about the interesting (and mundane) behind-the-scenes tech bits to grow and optimise this site, including purely technical measures such as speed, but also user experience beyond just adding new articles and updating existing ones.

Please try the useful tools, reasonably recently used and re-used by me, and encountered while writing these entries, listed under Sources and Links.

Also please take a look at the simple automatically-updated site stats below.

I welcome feedback on any of the issues that I have discussed. I share this stuff because it's interesting and because writing it here may save someone else some unnecessary head-scratching! No longer do we need to really know anything technical, nor own a shelf full of reference books (so '90s!), we just need to be able to compose queries for our favourite search engines!

The newest pages are at the top of this list, and the newest items are at the top of each linked page. Enjoy!

Notes On Site Technicals: Greatest Hits

Tech updates: rounded corners, mobile usability, HTTP/2 vs mobile, bad bot, uncss tweaks, latency, unit tests...
Tech updates: ImageMagick 20 years and Brew, autogen banners, old eyes, optimised ads, mobile traffic, brotli, doctype, JPEG fun, purifycss, UnCSS, OnDemand.
Tech updates: Atom sitemaps (un)pending, Googlebot bandwidth, HTML improvements, big beast hunting with regex, heroes, Cache-Control, restart drill, minifying.
Tech updates: ad injection, meta, static precompression, zopfli, HTTP/head response overhead reduction, Bing Webmaster Tools, FeedValidator, Share42, utf-8.
Tech updates: CDN revoked, structured data, 10 years old, XML sitemap at long last and lastmod, HTML5 conformance, PageSpeed.


Stats updated: 2017-10-23T21:42Z

Fraction bot hits0.450
Fraction GET 200s0.646
Fraction GET 206s0.006
Fraction GET 301s0.022
Fraction GET 304s0.010
Fraction GET 403s0.282
Fraction GET 404s0.021
Fraction GETs0.986
Fraction human main-page GET 200s0.047
Fraction human m/(m+www) main-page GET 200s0.093
Fraction m/(m+www) site hits0.074
Mean human m main-page transfer bytes13009
Mean human www main-page transfer bytes15997
Mean m transfer bytes8148
Mean www transfer bytes12279