Optimised

Tips, insights, and articles to help boost your website's performance.

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  • Issue #16 | Performance & accessibility

    Performance and accessibility go hand in hand. The overlaps between the two are present in more ways than you might think.

  • Issue #15 | Optimising web fonts - Part 3

    The third and final part of a short series looking at some of the tricks and techniques to consider when optimising fonts for the web.

  • Issue #14 | Optimising web fonts - Part 2

    The second part of a short series looking at some of the tricks and techniques to consider when optimising fonts for the web.

  • Issue #13 | Optimising web fonts - Part 1

    The first of a short series looking at some of the tricks and techniques to consider when optimising fonts for the web.

  • Issue #12 | The environmental case for website performance

    What's the link between a faster website and climate change? In this post I'll explain how you can help the environment by focusing on website performance.

  • Issue #11 | Do you need all that analytics?

    Website analytics provide useful insights into the reach of your online content. However, the analytics on your site can also impact page performance and expose privacy concerns.

  • Issue #10 | Resource hints - Part 2

    This week we continue our look at resource hints, focusing on preload and prefetch, and how you can use them to improve perceived performance.

  • Issue #9 | Resource hints - Part 1

    A brief primer about resource hints. What they are, where, when and how to use them. We'll cover dns-prefetch and preconnect this week, and preload and prefetch in the next issue.

  • Issue #8 | Optimising embedded content

    Embedding content from Twitter or YouTube is pretty commonplace these days. However, the code these services provide isn't always the most optimised. This week we'll look at a few ways you can optimise pages on your websites that have Twitter/YouTube content embedded within.

  • Issue #7 | Web Icons in 2021

    This issue will be all about icons. We'll look at the different options that you can consider, and why you really should be using SVG in 2021.

  • Issue #6 | Optimising images - Serving images

    In this issue, we'll continue our look at serving optimised images on the web. This week we'll be looking at some of the techniques you can use in your code, or plugins that you can use for WordPress.

  • Issue #5 | Optimising images - Reducing image size

    When it comes to optimising images, the easiest place to start is with the image files themselves. With modern image formats, compression tools, and online services it's easy to shave megabytes off the total size of a web page.

  • Issue #4 | Core Web Vitals & Google's Search Update

    What are Core Web Vitals? What might adding them to the signalling mix for search mean for SEO? And, what can you do to check & prepare your site?

  • Issue #3 | Tools to measure site performance

    This issue of Optimised will introduce you to a few tools you can use to test and track website performance. I'd urge you to give one or two of them a try on your own site. Let's get into it!

  • Issue #2 | Third-party resources - A cautionary tale

    In this issue of Optimised we'll be looking at third-party resources. These are assets (scripts, fonts, ad services etc.) that many websites use, but which are hosted/served from another domain (most often outside the website owner's sphere of control).

  • Issue #1 | Yeah okay, but why?

    Welcome to the first issue of Optimised. To kick things off we'll be taking a quick look at why website performance matters from both a company and customer perspective.

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