Weekly Newsletter - Issue 0x1

This is the first issue for our new newsletters. Keep checking back as we improve it.

Author
David

This is the first issue for a newsletter concept we're putting together that will combine various news, tidbits, and development tools that we find interesting and relevant to our core services of security, SEO, and performance, and the web development industry in general.

We'll aim to publish these weekly, towards the end of the week, but the frequency is subject to change (client projects come first).

We'll be improving the styling and formatting as we move forward, but it's a start. Keep checking back!

 

Major Evolution for Web Development is Coming - CSS Container Queries

This change will have a major affect on front-end web design -- the ability for a DOM component to adjust its layout relative to its containing parent.  Currently, everything is relative to the viewport.  It's in the early stage, but it's moving forward.

Source: pawelgrzybek.com

 

Trippy Concentric Circle Spinner

If you need to do some heavy XHR calls or behind the scenes processing, or anything that will take a lot of time and annoy the visitor, use this spinner to distract their little squirrel brains to buy you a few seconds.  No JavaScript, just pure CSS.

Source: frontend.horse

 

 

Natural Color Inspirations Palettes

This site puts out daily color pallets inspired from settings in nature.  Here are two samples our of many from the site.

Source: colorpalettes.earth

Color Pallette Sample 1

Demo palette 2

 

UI Gallery for no available data (no search results, empty balance, etc)

A lot of good ideas for finishing touches for UI portals and no-data use cases in general.

Source: Empty States

 

jQuery continues its decline

It used to be a tool us developers would use often on web projects, but with modern tools like Vanilla JS, and CSS3 supporting animation (like the spinner above) tasks that used to make it essential, it's a dying project.  It's antiquated, and is more code bloat than anything, and this Google Trends graph seems to reflect this.

 

Styling Links

fontshare.com

The Component Gallery

Alternative styling for no-tracking tweet embeds

Interactive finder for coding fonts

 

News Links

“I’m totally screwed.” WD My Book Live users wake up to find their data deleted

Google to Android devs: Support more form factors, get a higher sales cut

Google Rolls Out New Spam Algorithm Update

Microsoft says its own customer support tools were compromised by the SolarWinds hackers

TikTok Insiders Say Social Media Company Is Tightly Controlled By Chinese Parent ByteDance 

Google publishes SEO guide to HTTP status codes, network issues and DNS errors

What stands out. To me, there are a few things that stand out to me, maybe as new or interesting:

(1) Google will try 10 hops for your redirects and then consider the URL with a redirect error in Search Console.

(2) 301 vs 302 redirects; Google has said a 301 redirect is a strong signal that the redirect target should be canonical whereas a 302 redirect is a weak signal that the redirect target should be canonical.

(3) 200 status codes guarantee that the page goes to the indexing pipeline but does not guarantee the indexing system will index the page.

Why we care. Google has previously not documented these HTTP status codes, network and DNS errors in such detail. We have heard bits and pieces from Google on each case but here is an official guide you can use from Google on how these impact your site’s performance in Google Search.

Print it out and give it to your SEO and server teams.

Google’s plan to get rid of cookies isn’t going well

Brave Search beta now available in Brave browser, offering users the first independent privacy search/browser alternative to big tech

Starting today, online users have a new independent option for search which gives them unmatched privacy. Whether they are already Brave browser users, looking to expand their online privacy protection with the all-in-one, integrated Brave Search in the Brave browser, or users of other browsers looking for the best-in-breed privacy-preserving search engine, they can all use the newly released Brave Search beta that puts users first, and fully in control of their online experience. Brave Search is built on top of a completely independent index, and doesn’t track users, their searches, or their clicks.

Major Revamp Coming to GitHub Issues
RIP: Internet Explorer will be disabled in Windows 11

A Google Drive security update will break some of your shared links

 

Interesting Links

Web browser engineering project

Commodore VIC 20 registry

VAULT OF VHS

JavaScript library to help make games fast

Vinyl YouTube album player