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How Intercom brings play into their design process

Intercom is the darling of the brand design world. With its playful, raw illustrations and the feel-good animations, it’s no wonder they’ve snagged the eye of users as well as its peers. They not only build quality customer communication products, but their entire team is clearly passionate about extending their curiosity to design philosophy, team collaboration, and in their latest repertoire – book publishing.
http://sitegreek.com/how-intercom-brings-play-into-their-design-process/


An Introduction To The Performance Of Websites
Among the first web development books I read was Speed Up Your Site by Andrew King. It’s close to 15 years old at this point and I suspect a bit out of date given all the changes in web development over that time, but it taught me early in my career about the importance of website performance.
http://sitegreek.com/an-introduction-to-the-performance-of-websites/

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Five ways voice search will affect SEO in 2017

Neither are Cortana and Google Now (or its upgraded version, the Google assistant). Skeptical as we were when virtual assistants became a thing, we’ve grown to use them a lot, for real day-to-day tasks – like searching for things online. According to MindMeld, in 2015 voice search jumped from zero to 50 billion searches a month.
http://sitegreek.com/five-ways-voice-search-will-affect-seo-in-2017/

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jQuery 3.2.0 Is Out!
jQuery 3.2.0 has been released!

This release includes some bug fixes, improvements, and some deprecations. There should be no compatibility issues if upgrading from jQuery 3.0+.

If you haven’t yet upgraded to jQuery 3+, please have a look at the 3.0 Upgrade Guide. The jQuery Migrate 3.0 plugin will help you to identify compatibility issues in your code.
http://sitegreek.com/jquery-3-2-0-is-out/
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How to start a large code project

You’ve learned a programming language, and you’ve tackled exercises up to several hundred or a couple thousand lines of code. Now you have an idea for a project, but how do you get started writing what may take many thousands of lines? What if your idea is vague, both in what exactly the end result will look like as well as how it will be implemented?

http://sitegreek.com/how-to-start-a-large-code-project/
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Optimising GIFs for the Web

However, a problem with this is that GIFs are heavy, the one above is a whopping 11.4 MB 😱 (NB: not exactly the image above, I couldn’t actually load that on a page). Recently, I’ve found that some of my articles that are GIF-heavy tend to get incredibly slow. The reason for this is that each frame in a GIF is stored as a GIF image, which uses a lossless compression algorithm. This means that, during compression, no information is lost in the image at all, which of course results in a larger file size.

http://sitegreek.com/optimising-gifs-for-the-web/

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Increase Traffic to Your Website
Ask a marketer or business owner what they’d like most in the world, and they’ll probably tell you “more customers.” What often comes after customers on a business’ wish list? More traffic to their site. There are many ways you can increase traffic on your website, and in today’s post, we’re going to look at 25 of them, including several ways to boost site traffic for FREE.
http://sitegreek.com/increase-traffic-to-your-website/

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Understanding Mobile Users Actions, Characteristics and Habits
Generations come and generations go. The evolution of the first personal computer to Macintosh and then the development in the field of technology leading to the miniature of PCs that can be held by a palm and carry out any operation that perhaps a PC can do, is the true fate of the cyber world.
http://sitegreek.com/understanding-mobile-users-actions-characteristics-and-habits/


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Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot?

Mozilla is finally focused on revitalizing the once-beloved product.

Until about five years ago, techies and others who wanted a speedier, extensible, more privacy-oriented web browser on their desktops often immediately downloaded Mozilla’s Firefox to use instead of Internet Explorer on Windows or Safari on the Mac.

http://sitegreek.com/mossberg-whats-up-with-firefox-the-browser-that-time-forgot/

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Agenda for a full-day UX workshop

Done right, a full-day UX immersive can kick start your project. Here’s a typical workshop agenda, and how I’d approach running it.

At the start of any new project, I always recommend some sort of kick off workshop. A UX workshop is a series of activities to define both business and user objectives for a new site or app.
http://sitegreek.com/agenda-for-a-full-day-ux-workshop/
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