Is your site too deep? Bad designed link structure? Test it!

One of the things I look at when I get a fresh new site to analyse is the linkstructure. All sites, and I repeat: all sites, should have a basic structure that looks like a simple tree diagram:

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All pages link to one or more pages below them. This is the basis of your site's structure. I don't say it's the only structure, you could also interlink between different categories or products, but it's the main structure. It has the following advantages:

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Create a real time error monitoring Google Analytics dashboard

Today Google officially launched the real-time widgets for use on the Google Analytics dashboards. Awesome feature that can make real-time analytics a bit more useful than it was before. These are the new widgets (the second row) you can use to visualize real-time stuff:

realtimewidgets

The great news is: you are able to put filters on these widgets... really awesome. Google has a more extensive description about all new possibilities, but here's an example I would use these features for.

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What CloudFlare and MaxCDN did for my page load times

A while ago I decided to test some services that could speed up my site worldwide. I took some steps that decreased my page load time immediately:

  • Installed the W3 Total Cache plugin (I'm a WordPress user) to set cache headers, minify CSS and JS, etc.
  • Installed the Smush.it plugin to optimize my images without lossing quality (lossless)
  • Transferred my site to a new hosting provider/solution

This first move was already a good one, page load times decreased and my site felt fast. But, as I could see in Google Analytics the page load times outside the Netherlands (where my hosting provider hosts) weren't as good as I hoped. So I took the next step by adding a CDN to my site. This was the situation before any optimization:

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