Back from the summer house. Look forward to some great links tomorrow.
Generally speaking, I hate online advertising. Most adverts are ugly, annoying and mostly irrelevant to a website’s target readership. There are exceptions to this rule: Adverts served via The Deck, Fusion Ads and Carbon Ads are beautiful, relevant and unobtrusive. For these networks, only one graphic is allowed per page. Such adverts actually add value to a given website.
I’ve been entertaining the idea of including similar advertisements on musings of max. Unfortunately, my site lacks the readership volume –and perhaps also the quality of writing– to be invited as a publishing partner for any of the aforementioned networks. As such, any tips on purveyors of equally elegant adverts are welcome; drop me a line and I’ll take a look.
I’ve made a few changes to the site during the past couple of weeks. Some of these changes are cosmetic, some are under-the-hood improvements.
The first change you will notice is that the design of the site header has been revised. By adding an inset CSS drop shadow to the header, I was able to bring the actual content area into better focus. Posts should always be the most prominent pieces of content on any weblog.
Another cosmetic has been made to text present on the site. All headings and paragraphs now sport a slight shadow, so that text “pops” and appears more crisp to the reader. If you’ve barely noticed anything, worry not — this shadowing is meant to be as subtle as possible.
I’ve also made selecting and copying text more pleasing to the eye. Users whose browser supports the
::selection pseudo-element will see a pleasant light blue background with black, non-shadowed text when highlighting something.
To further enhance performance, I enabled the use of Apache’s
mod_rewrite to provide an efficient caching solution (the BarneyBlog has an excellent post on the benefits of using
Last, but definitely not least, resources are compressed using gzip via
mod_deflate, resulting in less information being sent over the network. This improvement, along with
mode_rewrite, should provide a noticeable boost in perceived speed for all users.
As always, feel free to contact me regarding any changes to the site. Reporting any unusual behaviour is particularly welcome.
Happy New Year to each and all — may 2012 treat you well.
As the end of the year is shortly upon us, I’d like to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and happy New Year — or, more broadly, happy and peaceful holidays. I’ll continue posting during the holidays, albeit less often than usual.