Supervoids, SEO and SASS 22 April 2015
When astronomers talk about the gigantic region of emptiness they aren't talking about the place where Republicans store their empathy but a big hole in space where some 10,000 galaxies should appear but don't. Areas such as this are also called a supervoid, a cold spot, or an "under-dense" area. Just reinforces the thought that we are all pretty insignificant, eh?
Google search is now rewarding responsive sites when a user's search comes from a mobile device. That's good to hear, I think, both for the user and the developer, though not everyone agrees. I'm surprised at how many people hate mobile sites. I like being rewarded for the extra design complexity that building a responsive site entails. Here are some of the things I do to improve search performance:
- Use unique and meaningful page descriptions.
- Use clean urls.
- Set target country in Google webmaster tools.
- Add a sitemap that includes a path to every searchable page.
- Markup pages cleanly and use Html such as h1s and h2s to organize content.
- Markup pages with microdata from schema.org.
- Test mobile friendliness.
My most recent site, Farmer Notary, passes the mobile-friendliness test with the message "Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly" though I can't figure out why it is complaining about four blocked resources due to robots.txt as the site's robots.txt is empty.
I've starting using SASS and now I ask myself what took me so long. I love having variables in my css so a couple of projects ago I implemented a subset of SASS's functionality using PHP but it sure didn't work as well, or have all the features of, SASS. I'm also using the Prepros compiler which works seamlessly in my workflow, monitoring and auto-compiling scss files as they change.
The music I'm listening to is Philip Glass' Glassworks.
I'm still reading Persuasion after being stuck for awhile at page 140 - page 280 of the annotated version - where Anne, newly settled in Bath, becomes re-acquainted with William Eliot whom she consciously, or sub-consciously, compares to ex-boyfriend Captain Wentworth. I'm making Austen sound a bit soap-opera-y but really it's a lot more than that.
I am also listening to King Lear, the annotated audible.com version, though it is labelled "appreciated" as opposed to annotated. (I don't like that audible is yet another amazon but what are you going to do?) Last week I finished listening to Hamlet and so enjoyed the commentary that I had to tackle another Shakespeare play. The plot of Lear is well embedded in our culture, to be retold and reworked by other writers, such as in Jane Smiley in A Thousand Acres, and I'm glad to find these annotated versions which make Shakespeare so approachable.
The accompanying photo is of 6-month-old Lucy. Taken with a 85mm at f/2.5.