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Check out this week's links I found from around the web. Who prefers to use Chrome? How Google is a self-taught designer and where the heck did those blue screens of death go?

General

Google launches Web Designer (announcement)

Ways to Supercharge Your eCommerce Site Speed
In today’s world of eCommerce, site speed and performance of your online store is of top importance. A slow homepage load time can cripple a store and significantly decrease conversions. Online shoppers see a slow loading store as being unprofessional. The shopping environment itself devalues the products being sold by simply under performing and not providing immediacy to its users.

If you haven't heard yet, HTTPS can be "broken" in 30 seconds with a new vulnerability. Read the first link under Security/System Administration for more information.

General

Ubuntu Edge passes $9 million, smashes crowd-funding record


Here are this week's resources to help you advance your web design, development and IT knowledge. 

General

Firefox beats Chrome in performance for the first time in years


It's been a little more than a week, so I've given you a little extra to keep you well stocked with web design, development and IT resources.

Design / CSS

2013 color trends on the web


One of the biggest question clients ask is how to improve their site’s visibility on search engines. The concern is even greater with online storeowners. Products from their store appearing high in the search results lead to an increase in visitors and sales. Millions of online users are searching for products, topics and interests utilizing the most popular search engines including Google, Yahoo, and Bing. These search engines depend on proper markup and formatted content on sites in order to direct users to the best results. There are several things companies can do to improve their ranking or position in search results for free. One major aspect to consider is your site schema or markup and how a search engine understands it.

HTML Formatting Doesn’t Cut It

Good HTML formatting helps control how browsers actually render content on a page, but a little more is needed in order to tell a search engine crawling the site exactly what the content represents. Additional vocabulary and microdata is needed to provide Google, Bing and other more detail. A search engine will have a limited understanding of page content, but microdata clarifies the exact topic of the content.


Here is this week's installment of web design, development and system admin links that I found useful and hope you will, too.