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CloudFlare CDN cache test

Romandesign.ca speed before engaging CloudFlare CDN:

Tested from New York City, New York, USA on January 6 at 12:54:36
Page size – 6.9MB
Load time – 2.45s
Requests – 113
Perf. grade – 79/100
Your website is faster than 63% of all tested websites

Google PageSpeed (with minify disabled in W3 Total Cache) is 65/100 for mobile and 73/100 for desktop. With minify enabled it was 74/100 for desktop. The best result before video was added to homepage was 87/100 for desktop and 72/100 for mobile.

We’ll see how it improves after nameservers update for CloudFlare CDN. It looks promising, because they have servers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver!

CloudFlare CDN test – after two weeks

Pingdom ranking did not improve, however Google PageSpeed score significantly improved after two weeks of testing: 86/100 for desktop and 72/100 for mobile. Before CDN it was 74 for desktop, so the improvement is significant. CloudFlare improves content delivery in specific areas – for example in Canada they have servers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and it hardens security. It will also keep website’s cached version online if hosting goes down temporarily. So it’s a keeper.

Why you should not ever use Comic Sans

Comic Sans font has gained notoriety as the most hated font ever. It’s so dreadful and misused that there are many websites dedicated to banning and hating this font. No self-respecting web designer should ever use this font. It even appears in Weird Al Yankovic video “Tacky” (see around 1:15 minute mark):

Is your website mobile-friendly? Upgrading your website for mobile compatibility

On April 21, 2015 Google has introduced a new update of its mobile ranking algorithm that made mobile-friendly usability factors of your website much more important. Making your website mobile-friendly does not just makes it easier for your visitors on iPhones and Android devices, but mobile-friendly websites rank higher while others can be dropped in mobile search results.

Roman Design now offers Mobile Compatibility Upgrade service that will check your website and make sure that it is fully mobile-friendly and passes a new Google Test.

A new and completely redesigned RomanDesign.ca website is live!

New and completely redesigned RomanDesign.ca website is live! WordPress CMS engine, fully custom responsive design, Bootstrap framework, jQuery, Google fonts, numerous plugins and a lot of the custom code were used in the production of a new romandesign.ca website. Caching and minifying techniques were used to speed up the website which achieved a score of 87 on Google PageSpeed. And of course homepage completely validates as HTML5, just as it should.

Based on the new website performance more updates and improvements are sure to follow in 2015.

Time Breakdown of Modern Web Design

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It’s almost not funny because it’s true. The web is supposed to be this beautiful and lean, clean and standards-compliant creation and instead it’s often a mess of crutches and band-aids just to make sure everyone can see the website in browsers with broken or unsupported standards implementations.