Recommended Reading for 18th April
Interesting posts I’ve read, 18th April:
- WordPress Performance: Why My Site Is So Much Faster Than Yours – A stunning write-up about the various ways to optimise WordPress performance. Definitely an article to hold on to for any site that receives decent traffic.
- The Link Baiting Playbook: Hooks Revisited – Another look at ways to write linkbait content. Todd Malicoat revisits the different kinds of hooks you can utilise when writing a piece you’d like people to link to.
- Designing With Grid-Based Approach – Smashing Magazine with possibly the most thorough collection of information about designing using the grid system. These guys excel at collating resources to give you the essential information about a design topic.
- The Cleansing Of The Links – A cautionary post from Eric Ward about building the wrong kinds of links to your website. I think this ties into those awful site submission services that were about years ago that claimed to submit your site to all the search engines. They’d submit to virtually every site going, regardless of quality. A far better strategy is to be more selective in how you gain links back to your site. Choose respectable websites that are a ‘fit’ for your service area and you’ll not only gain better positioning in Google – the traffic those sites send you will be relevant as well.
- Newbie’s Guide to Flickr – I came across this thorough guide to using Flickr and thought I’d share it here. Flickr is an amazing online tool that allows you to share your photos and connect with friends, family or other people with similar interests.
- Top 10 Firefox extensions to avoid – I’m a big fan of FireFox – it has masses of plugins that allow you to do new things with a browser. But not all plugins work the same, and installing the wrong one can impact your web browsing experience.
- Make your idle computer work for you – Nothing to do with web design, but an interesting article on how you can employ your computer when it’s idle.