Updates & Writing

Links, Week 13, 2020

Earlier this week the Australian MyGov website crashed, apparently topping out at 55,000 simultaneous requests. The Government Services Minister quickly announced that the site was a victim of a DDoS attack, though it later turned out that the site lacked the capacity to handle the surge in requests.

With a worldwide increase in community lockdowns, quarantines, self-isolation, stay at home or shelter in place orders, there will be an increase in online activity as people work from home or scramble to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease.

So this week all of the links cover ways to improve website performance.

Static on a television

Eric Meyer urges developers to get static — “As much as you possibly can, get it down to static HTML and CSS and maybe a tiny bit of enhancing JS, and pare away every byte you can.”

Josh Comeau provides a great rundown on using modern image formats like JPEG 2000, JPEG XR and Webp. In some instances, file sizes in these modern formats can be 30-70% smaller.

This Cloudflare tutorial shows you how to configure rules that will cache a WordPress site while keeping your Dashboard, WooCommerce store and comments dynamic.

Emergency Website Kit is a boilerplate for developing a quick, static website — “It’s basically just a small, ultra-lean blog focused on maximum resilience and accessibility.”

And, once you’ve optimised your websites, be kind to yourself. Sit back and make relaxing colourful art with Color Push.