A-R-S Technica

logoThis article from Huffington Post (I’m not an avid reader, just happened this way) came into my radar about one of my favorite websites of all time, Ars Technica. On average, I visit this site about 6 days a week. I’ve been a reader of this site since it started back in 1998. I’ve even been a paid member for a short time and still own a black t-shirt with the old logo on it.

Nice little write up… give it a quick read. They deserve the love!

Converting WordPress to a Static Site

I’m having some strong considerations regarding converting one of my two sites to a static file website, probably runningĀ on Hexo.

I’ve always been intrigued about performance and removing the fat that comes with WordPress. Don’t get me wrong. I love WordPress for all that it is, but I’m thinking that for one of my own personal websites, it’s time to get this thing fast and furious!

When I am all said and done with this mini project, I’ll document the process which will include (in no specific order):

  • How to install Hexo (locally at first)
  • How to install Hexo (on a hosted solution)
  • How to export WordPress content and import it into Hexo
  • How to install a theme for Hexo
  • Look at some potential plugins for Hexo
  • DNS consideration (for those that may need help with this)

I am hoping this guide will be found useful by folks out there looking to change things up a little.

Brave Browser So Far and WordPress Innovations

I was just about to write a quick little blog post about how I think the Brave browser is nice and fast, but then I tired to get into Google Sheets to look something up and it didn’t work in Brave.

Neither did logging into my WordPress (self-hosted) site. I had to switch to Safari so that I could write this pots.

The thing I was going to post about Brave was this image of the ad replacement that Brave is supposed to be one of its main features.


Regardless of the grief, after all, this IS a beta, I am pretty excited about Brave. I just hope it doesn’t turn into an Opera browser… had lots of promise, but never really “took off” as far as I’m concerned. Maybe others felt differently about that, but not me.

What’s even more exciting, as I write this, is that I was able to log into WordPress.com to post to my self-hosted sites… not only that, WordPress.com now has desktop apps that I can’t wait to get my fast-fingers all over!!!

Speaking on Synthetic Mobile Performance Testing and Monitoring

CTaRVTpUYAAo5uFI gave a presentation on Synthetic Mobile Performance Testing and Monitoring last night as part of Mobile Monday Detroit at OU Inc. I talked about:

  • Mobile Web Monitoring Challenges
  • Website Performance: What is it?
  • Mobile Testing
  • 3rd party calls
  • Summary

I discussed some key benchmarks to look for in mobile performance testing:

  • End to end load time
  • Time to first paint
  • Time to interactive
  • Element count
  • Page size

It was a great turnout with great questions from the audience. I’d like to thank those that gave me the opportunity to speak.

Look here for the presentation deck when it becomes publicly available.