Hongkiat: Top 5 Free Web Statistics Tools. “Either you own a website or a blog, it cannot be a one-way process where you just keep posting stuff and don’t pay heed to how the users are reacting to it. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on web statistics like how much traffic are you getting, what type of visitors do you have and how they behave on your posts.” Nice overview. English is a little awkward but doesn’t impede understanding.
TechCrunch: These are all the federal HTTPS websites that’ll expire soon because of the US government shutdown . “During the government shutdown, security experts noticed several federal websites were throwing back browser errors because the TLS certificate, which lights up your browser with ‘HTTPS’ or flashes a padlock, had expired on many domains. And because so many federal workers have been sent home on unpaid leave — or worse, working without pay but trying to fill in for most of their furloughed department — expired certificates aren’t getting renewed. Renewing certificates doesn’t take much time or effort — sometimes just a click of a mouse. But some do cost money, and during a government shutdown, there isn’t any. Depending on the security level, most websites will kick back browser errors. Some won’t let you in at all until the expired certificate is renewed.”
Search Engine Journal: Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant. “Most countries provide laws protecting the civil rights of disabled persons for homes, parks, businesses, and educational facilities. What is not universal is website accessibility. The internet provides global access to information, stores, education, financial institutions, audio, and video, but often remains restricted or dependent on assistive devices for millions of people to gain unhindered access. Fortunately, there are standards in place that unifies development and allows the world to use web-based solutions with universally accepted protocols. We know these standards as the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C.”
Hongkiat: 7 Free Web Annotation and Markup Tools You Should Know . “Web Annotation and Markup tools help you to comment, discuss and collaborate right on web pages or screenshots or PDFs. Such tools add context to the content and make use of highlights, sticky notes, comments, etc. for making discussions with context. In this post, we’re showcasing the best yet freely available tools for contextual feedback.”
Kathleen Morris: How To Evaluate Websites: A Guide For Teachers And Students . “I don’t know about you, but I’ve found helping students to evaluate websites to be particularly tricky. There are lots of guidelines out there but I wanted to create a resource that reflects an effective and natural process, no matter what you’re researching or how old you are. Scroll down to find a printable flowchart for your classroom.”
ZDNet: Website geoblocking is not that widespread, study finds. “Geoblocking, the practice of websites blocking users from certain countries from accessing their content, is not as widespread as most people believe, a recently published study has revealed.”
Pingdom: Webpages Are Getting Larger Every Year, and Here’s Why it Matters. “Webpage size matters because it correlates with how fast users get to your content. People today have grown to expect good performance from the web. In fact, Google published data showing that 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if a page takes longer than three seconds to load. And the more data your webpage needs to download, the longer it will take—particularly on slow mobile connections.” And the fancier your Web site is the harder it’ll be to make accessible.