What Fast Food Drive-Throughs Can Teach Us About Making Fast Websites

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Sustainable Web Design Series No. 8
HTTP requests and fast food drive-throughs have a lot in common: learn how to avoid long queues and improve your website's performance. In an age of near-ubiquitous high-speed internet in developed countries, loading a website can seem like a trivial matter. But currently, 50 million computer servers contribute nearly 5% of the earth’s greenhouse gases. Improving your website's performance by reducing the number of HTTP requests made on a page is an important way of making your website more sustainable. Read More ›

Sustainable Web Design: How CSS Sprites Improve Speed And Sustainability

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Sustainable Web Design Series No. 5
In our next post on Sustainable Web Design, Jeff explains what a CSS Sprite is, how it can help your pages load faster and how that reduces your carbon footprint. Originating from old video games, “sprites” were used to increase the speed of the graphics loading on your screen. The idea was that the computer would grab a graphic and store it in its memory and then only display parts of that image, as they were needed. Today, the same principle applies to web design. In layman’s terms W3schools defines a CSS Sprite as a collection of images that are put into a single image. Read More ›