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CodeSpanish monthly lists

by Pablo Matamoros - 9 June 2009
Web 2.0
Image by Ludwig Gatzke

I always find lists useful. They allow me to have access to resources that others found useful, therefore saving hours of research. So I thought, why not start my own series of lists?

I won’t be able to write as many lists as I would like, as fast as I would like to write them.  I will do it monthly to make sure that they are seriously useful to you.

I will add links to all the lists that I’ll publish on this post for future reference.

CodeSpanish monthly lists:




Create Favicons and iPhone Icons

by webmonkey - 28 May 2009
Webmonkey Favicon
Webmonkey’s bitmapped favicon

Favicons, the little icons you see in the browser toolbar, are an often overlooked element of web design, but they’re yet another opportunity to help develop your site’s brand. To a certain degree the favicon flies below most visitors’ radar, and yet we tend to recognize them when we see them.

Like other subtle forms of advertising, favicons have a way of creeping into your consciousness without your consent. Which is exactly why your site needs one — how often do you get brand recognition in a 16 pixel square?

And as long as we’re building favicons, why not trick out your site with a iPhone/iPod Touch icon? The process is almost identical to favicons, and reaps the same rewards. True, most people probably won’t use it, but the few who do will appreciate the effort.

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Add Compression to your Web Server

by webmonkey - 30 October 2008

Apache logoYour web server should be compressing your files before serving them to your users.

Why? There is no reason not to, 99% of browsers know how to decompress them and if you’re serious about hosting a professional web site, you should know every second it takes to get your content from your web server to your user counts. The visitor’s back button should strike fear into your heart.

When it comes down to your site and another site, sometimes it’s the seconds it takes to load which give can make the difference in your bounce rate. When you have multiple multimedia requests on a single page, those seconds add up.

Here’s a secret to help shave some of those seconds off of download time: It’s very simple, compress the data before it gets sent so you send less kilobytes. The data is decompressed on the client-side. It saves bandwidth and valuable time.

In fact, an average page can be compressed to up to a third of the size. The cost is some CPU time, which is a lot cheaper (and faster) than bandwidth. Best part is, it only requires a little Apache web server know how.

Here’s how to start compressing your transfers automatically.

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