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Andy Killen (13 Posts)

About: Andy Killen has been working exclusively with the web since 1994 when he was Intel's internet engineer for Europe. Today he runs his own company phat-reaction.com as well as is the CTO of Speckyboy and was also part of the Adobe Fireworks CS6 beta test team. When Andy is not busy making websites, themes and plugins or giving training on website performance, wordpress or node.js, he can be found enjoying life in Amsterdam.
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So, your post went viral, what now?

Every now and then you might find that pot of gold, that magic moment when one of your pages goes viral. That amazing moment when you are the top of the Google listings for SERP and for some reason everyone thinks it’s the thing to share. The perfect scenario that everyone is hoping for, success. Yet despite all this success…

Where should I really be sharing?

Social networking is constantly evolving. In many cases, what was cool two years ago is now next to worthless. For example ‘the Digg effect‘ used to be massive and could really make a big difference to the visitors to a website. That was then, this is now. The Digg effect is now nearly nonexistent, paling in significance to the other…

These aren’t the fonts you’re looking for…

The other day I was on location with a customer, and as they are a secure site I was not allowed to bring my laptop any further than the security locker at the font desk. This I don’t mind as I would usually just leave the laptop at home, but this time it really was a bind, I needed my…

Website Speed Part 2: Working With and Optimizing Images for the Web

This is the second part of our website speed series where we closely look at the techniques employed to make a website run as fast as possible while still maintaining it’s stunning look and feel.
Images can make or break a website, whether that be adding a humanist feel to a site, adding animation and mouse over effects or finalizing that amazing design that just can’t be achieved with CSS alone. Yet all these images could cost the biggest price of any website, loss of visiting traffic. If a website takes too long to load or is unusable due to all of the images then it’s game over as the user will quickly go back to Google and search again.

IE6 is Finally Being Laid to Rest!!!

WOOHOO! IE6 is officially being put out of it’s misery by it’s makers Microsoft and you can help in their efforts by adding the countdown banner for IE6 clients. This really is a true red letter day in the design calendar. Just released is the IE6 countdown site which gives stats over which countries in the world most use IE6,…

Do we do enough to support WordPress Plugin Developers?

A while back the WordPress community use to be a bunch of coders that were all supporting themselves. One guy would create a nice plugin to manage most popular posts, another to manage social networking… Things were great and people helped each other. WOOHOO! Although the golden years are now happening for the makers of WordPress (Automattic), the makers of…