New Microsoft Edge Update

Microsoft Edge

Web Browser are constantly changing and last week we had a big change from Microsoft. The new version of Microsoft Edge uses the same rendering engine as Google’s Chrome. That means that websites viewed in the newest Microsoft Edge browser will look more like they are viewed in Google Chrome versus how they look in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11.

You may not notice that your website actually looks a little different in each browser, but our web developers do. We spend a fair amount of time creating websites that are as close to standard compliant as possible because it is our belief that all web browsers are working towards the standards. Long term, this reduces maintenance. It also helps with conforming to WCAG accessibility guidelines.

Our developer’s spend time checking your website in the major browsers, notably during new website builds, but also when making larger maintenance updates to your site. In general, we only support the last 2 major versions of the major browsers, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer 11 (that counts as 2). For what it’s worth, Microsoft doesn’t even want you to use Internet Explorer anymore if you don’t have to.

We’ve already been looking at your sites in the new Microsoft Edge browser, so as it rolls out to everyone’s workstations over the next few weeks your site is already set.

Read more about what to expect with Microsoft Edge

WordPress Year In Review

WordPress

It’s that time of year where every website publishes their year end retrospectives.  Here’s some interesting stats I saw about WordPress in 2019 (from hostingtribunal.com)

 

  • WordPress powers 34% of the internet in 2019, a 4% rise from the previous year.
  • If you count only the CMS-built sites, then about 60% of them are WordPress
  • Over 400 million people visit WordPress sites each month
  • 28% of all e-commerce goes through WooCommerce (a popular WordPress Plugin)
  • 281 new WooCommerce shops appear on average every day
  • 661 WordPress sites also pop up daily

As you know, WordPress is CU*Answers Web Services’ platform of choice due to its ease of use and flexibility.

 

Intro to Web Development Course (Free)

Accessibility

Recently Web Services has been working with Credit Union staff who are aspiring web developers.  It’s great seeing our clients get more tech savvy.

This particular article came across my news feed this week and I wanted to share it.  It looks like a good set of fundamentals for what a web professional does every day.

I have not read the entire series (it’s pretty long), but I definitely like the metaphor describing what is being taught in this series:

Creating a website is like building a house.  You need tools:  your editor, your browsers, your command line.  You need building materials: HTML language.  And then you want to make it look nice:  CSS, JavaScript and Images.  (From the Overview).

Check out this series.  It will give you some insight into what we do every day as web developers, or if you are an aspiring developer, it’s a nice series to get your started on the basics.

Intro to Web Development by Brian Holt

All Hosted WordPress sites Updated to Latest 5.3 release

WordPress

As part of your WordPress Managed hosting with CU*Answers Web Services, we have automatically updated all websites to the latest WordPress 5.3 release.  This helps keeps your website secure and tracking along with the other system level components.  CU*Answers Web Services regularly updates your WordPress core and plugin files.

With WordPress 5.3 you will notice cosmetic updates to the WordPress Dashboard, including some changes that improve accessibility.  Other notable improvements are updates to the Gutenberg editor (which we’re exploring with a few clients) and large image handling.  The large image handling will certainly help some client website’s performance if they are unable to optimize their banner images before uploading.

For more behind the scenes details, check out WP Tavern’s coverage of WordPress 5.3.

DNS Crash Course for Web Developers

Connecting the Internet Graphic

The Domain Name System (DNS) can be confusing.  It’s the phonebook of the Internet and what maps friendly human names (like cuanswers.com) to their actual Internet addresses (IP address) like 216.206.109.129.  To get your website actually online, you need to register your domain name with a Registrar and then set up DNS to point the domain to your web hosting provider.  You have to keep all these pieces wired up correctly and don’t forget your email services too.  DNS is the glue that binds it all together.

Here’s an 10 part Twitter thread that offers a quick crash course on what the parts of DNS are and why you need them.

 

Chris Achard on Twitter: “Confused by DNS Records? A, CNAME, ALIAS… Me too 😬 Let’s change that! (cheatsheet at the end) 🔥 DNS Record crash course for web developers 👇” / Twitter

Take a look.

One-third of the web!

WordPress

You know we love WordPress.  Even though it was a few years ago, it feels like just yesterday we were celebrating that WordPress powers over a quarter of the websites on the web.

Well, just this month, WordPress is reporting (via W3Techs) that WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web.

Check out the article.  It’s pretty amazing to read about the growth of WordPress.