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Creating a Cloudflare Worker to lazy load images

Creating a Cloudflare Worker to lazy load images

Workers are available from Cloudflare and Google Chrome has native lazy loading, so I tested both together. Read more about Creating a Cloudflare Worker to lazy load images [SEO]

Pludgebanging words into Google

Pludgebanging in Google

I was testing out different made up words to see what Google returned. Read more about Pludgebanging words into Google [SEO]

Using Google Data Studio to review your http to https migration

Using Google Data Studio for website migrations

Migration from http to https can be fraught with issues you need to track and check. I looked for a way to help track migrations and give me additional insights using Google Data Studio. Read more about Using Google Data Studio to review your http to https migration [SEO]

Older articles

A scratch-built rail-bus for the Ding Dong Moor Railway

I was inspired to scratch build a copy of one of Reinier Hendriksen's rail-buses from his original article of April 1999 Read more about A scratch-built rail-bus for the Ding Dong Moor Railway [from the Model Railways category]

A first look at Safecont content quality analysis SEO tool

Review of a new tool from Data elasticity S.L in Spain that analyses the quality of your websites content Read more about A first look at Safecont content quality analysis SEO tool [from the SEO category]

How to find insecure pages in your site before Google start penalising them

Google will be highlighting all non-secure sites from July 2018 meaning that the Insecure Content Report of Screaming Frog will be in use a lot over the next few months - I will show you what to do. Read more about How to find insecure pages in your site before Google start penalising them [from the SEO category]

How I add canonicals into Perch CMS sites

The Canonical link in a page's header lets the search engines know where the original page resides. Google tends to choose the oldest version of a page that it can find and any other pages with the same or very similar content are considered duplicates Read more about How I add canonicals into Perch CMS sites [from the Web category]

How to solve the Apple mail Unable to verify account name or password issue

Have you been unable to verify account name or password, or changed your keychain password and had issues with Apple mail and services such as Linkedin, Google, Flickr, Vimeo? I have had this situation. I solved it with a fix that will save you time. Read more about How to solve the Apple mail Unable to verify account name or password issue [from the Misc category]

Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting

Moving a site to new hosting can be fraught with issues. Here is one technique that I find useful when moving to a website to a new hosting server. Read more about Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting [from the Web category]

Halle Marchandise en bois

A plaster model kit of a classic French wooden goods shed. Read more about Halle Marchandise en bois [from the Model Railways category]

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2

Completion of the SRB001 Freelance DEUTZ Style 0-4-0DM chassis including the running gear and motor with the bodywork following. Read more about Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2 [from the Model Railways category]

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit

Stuart Brewer is a fellow GDNGRS member and is one of the most accomplished model makers I know - this is his first kit and my attempts at building it. Read more about Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit [from the Model Railways category]

Whitesands Quay first outing

Whitesands Quay first outing gets it out of the house and sets some deadlines for me to work to. Read more about Whitesands Quay first outing [from the Model Railways category]

Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots

Some finishing touches including new chimney pots Read more about Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots [from the Model Railways category]

Whitesands Quay trackwork

I have now built two versions of the track-work. Both have issues. Read more about Whitesands Quay trackwork [from the Model Railways category]

La Meuse - construction

Brass, nickel silver and white-metal kit of the Belgian La Meuse 2-6-0 narrow gauge locomotive used on the French sugar-beet lines Read more about La Meuse - construction [from the Model Railways category]

Whitesands Quay - row of cottages

First set of buildings for Whitesands Quay is the Row of Cottages Read more about Whitesands Quay - row of cottages [from the Model Railways category]

Plots and scheming

We have always wanted to grow our own vegetables - not to a 'good life' extent but we both grew up in families that were in 'make do and mend' post war mode. Everyone grew a bit of food. Our previous home had a Japanese style garden with no room for veg. Read more about Plots and scheming [from the Garden category]

EU cookie consent law largely ignored

The EU has give the UK until May 28th 2012 to comply with the cookie consent law - how many of the organisations pinpointed by the ICO have met the deadline? Read more about EU cookie consent law largely ignored [from the Web category]

HTML Test Page for CSS Style Guide

This content is used to test that css has been covered for all tags used in content. Read more about HTML Test Page for CSS Style Guide [from the Web category]

A steam trip on the Swanage Belle

I recently booked a trip on the Swanage Belle, a steam hauled special train service from London down to Swanage on the Dorset Coast. Read more about A steam trip on the Swanage Belle [from the Trips category]

EEUK11 report

The UK's first ExpressionEngine conference has taken place in Manchester in August 2011. I provide a report on the event itself and the surrounding activities. Read more about EEUK11 report [from the Web category]

Assets for ExpressionEngine

Assets is a new file management add-on for ExpressionEngine and brings a new way of managing assets in your website. I installed it and built a simple image Gallery. Read more about Assets for ExpressionEngine [from the Web category]

Vintage tractors

On the 11th June 2011 we attended the Shakey Super Pull run by the Midlands Tractor Pulling Club at the Shakespeare Country Raceway. Read more about Vintage tractors [from the Trips category]

Responsive web design

Responsive web design has been emerging as a way forward over the past two years. Following inspiration from the way Simon Collison's crafted his personal website I have now implemented a Responsive Web Design on this, my personal website. Read more about Responsive web design [from the Web category]

Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration

In 2004 I went to the Expo Narrow Gauge (ExpoNG) model railway exhibition for the first time and that single visit inspired me to pick up an old hobby that I thought I would never go back to. Read more about Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration [from the Model Railways category]

WebFonts

With HTML5 finally emerging from the primordial soup I thought it was time to have a look at where we have got to with fonts on the web, what today's techniques are and what is new in the world of the digital hot metal. Read more about WebFonts [from the Web category]

Star Wars day

Luuuuuke, Luuuuuke, wake up it's the 4th of May - Star Wars Day... Read more about Star Wars day [from the Misc category]

Nibbler

Online testing suites are a very useful way of checking your website to see if it's up to scratch. I take you through Nibbler from Silktide. Read more about Nibbler [from the Web category]

The perfect angle to staple paper

On July 2nd 2004 I posted a small article about stapling sheets of paper together. We all have these small thoughts but don't usually say them out loud - this time I did. Read more about The perfect angle to staple paper [from the Misc category]

Medmenham walk

We completed a short country walk around Medmenham in Buckinghamshire including a stretch along the banks of the Thames river. Read more about Medmenham walk [from the Walks category]

New look for 2010

I have finally taken the plunge and updated the site and have switched over to ExpressionEngine. Read more about New look for 2010 [from the Web category]

White Sands Quay progress

Ongoing development of my third layout. Read more about White Sands Quay progress [from the Model Railways category]