So why do you want to know if your website is mobile friendly? Most likely it is because you have heard about last year’s announcement from google over at google webmaster central. It turns out that Google has updated their algorithm to significantly increase the weight of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. That’s right, significantly! So, optimizing your site for mobile is the way of the future!
There are a number of reasons that you may use data or files hosted on third party servers, perhaps the files or scripts are updated often and you want to be sure that you have the latest version. Maybe the scripts help gather data for you like Google analytics does. Perhaps you are trying to optimize page load speed for all users in diverse geographic locations by using a Content Distribution Network (CDN).
Monitoring CDN Performance
As a Web developer or IT team member, you can never have too much data detailing the performance of your website and how it compares to others across the industry. One simple way to understand how your website performance compares to a cross sampling of the internet takes just three steps:
Google Announces HTTPS as a Ranking Signal for SEO
It’s official, Google openly “encourage(s) all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.”
On Wednesday, August 06, 2014 – Google announced HTTPS as a ranking signal for SEO. If you’re not familiar, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a communications protocol for secure communication, protecting the connection to the website through authentication and encryption. Utilizing HTTPS to secure all traffic on your website ensures your site visitors that their information, both what they consume and what they submit, is secured from prying eyes as the data travels across the internet.
For the most part, you do not have control over where your data travels in between your web servers and your visitors browsers, but you do have control over how that data is secured. Encrypting your traffic prevents hackers, governments, security agencies, ISPs and anyone else who might try to view your data from doing so. It also helps protect your site from fraud and helps protect your visitors’ identities and reputation.
Leveraging Dotcom-Monitor services, NCM Online developed fact-based observations about the performance of 20 leading web hosts in June, and continues to test additional hosts throughout the year (the most recent update to the list was 8/2/2014). These tests include purchasing a shared hosting plan from each provider and gathering page-load speed averages and uptime percentages from at least 10 concurrent days using identical websites on each provider. This process provides 2 of the ten criteria NCM Online uses to rank different shared hosting service providers.