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THE GEEK BEAT NOVEMBER 2020

Is Your Site Putting On Some Holiday Weight?

Laptop on a tree stump surrounded by leaves
Study after study shows that if a webpage takes longer than three seconds to load, visitors will go somewhere else.

While this may not be news to many of us, what IS surprising is that load speed has actually gotten worse—much worse—in the last eight years.

In 2013, the average load time for a webpage on mobile was 4.3 seconds. But in 2019, the average load time was 10.3 seconds on desktop and 27.3 seconds on mobile.

Yikes.

So what’s beefing up these websites? The main culprits are images and videos. And their digital weight isn’t just negatively impacting businesses. It’s also hurting the environment.

An excerpt of author Gerry McGovern’s recent book World Wide Waste was published on A List Apart. He delves more into the above stats, the psychology behind why we feel compelled to keep clicking that “publish” button, and what we can do about it.
 
Read the book excerpt.

Accessibility Corner

⭐️ Highlights from the 2020 WordPress Accessibility Day
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Featured Talk Unmeasurable Accessibility: The Case for Inclusive Design, by Darice de Cuba

In our lifetime, most of us will fall into the category of “having a disability.”

We’ll find ourselves having to deal with long-term or short-term illness, broken bones, high stress for long periods of time, and more.

These are all types of illness and injuries that can make someone temporarily disabled, or disabled for the rest of their lives.

Using personal stories and real-life examples, web developer Darice de Cuba shows how accessibility is part of inclusive design and why it’s important to code your website—from the very beginning—to be usable by everyone. 💡Check out more WordPress Accessibility Day talks on their YouTube channel.

Project Highlights

Two clients win Conde Nast award!
Condé Nast Traveler readers recently rated their top resorts in the American Midwest and West. We’re ecstatic to report that two of our clients are included in this list!

Tetherow Lodges and Triple Creek Ranch are ranked #5 and #24 respectively. Both locations are gorgeous and offer incredible experiences for any travel enthusiast.

Picocyl homepage with w3 Award badge
We were recently honored by the w3 Awards with a Gold Award for the work we did on Picocyl's website redesign. The w3 Awards illuminate creative excellence on the Web.

Picocyl manufactures mini-gas cylinders for medical devices. Their site is full of beautiful photography and subtle animations, and it was a Geek's dream to be a part of this web project!

If you'd like to read more about some of our projects, head on over to our Portfolio page!

🦃 Holiday Closures Reminder 🥳

Yep, it’s that time of year when we say “yes” to a second helping of Jamie's stuffing waffles and binge-watch holiday movies until the ball drops in Times Square.

Which is our way of reminding you that the CodeGeek office will be closed during the following times over the holidays:
  • Nov 26-27 (Thanksgiving holiday, two-day closure)
  • Dec 14-Jan 3 (final three weeks of the year)
Rest assured that during these holiday closures, we’ll still be available for website emergencies (and another holiday cookie).

For everything else, we'll get back to you as soon as possible after those dates. Thank you!

🎄'Twas The Month Before Christmas ...

… And all through the office,
Many Geeks have been stirring,
Creating fun that is flawless!

Some holiday fun is coming your way! Keep your peepers on your inbox for an early December delivery. 🎁

Where In The World Are The Geeks?

Rebecca & hubs (pictured) took a day trip to nearby Wellington and hiked through Red Mountain Open Space.
Rebecca's hubby standing on trail in Red Mountain Open Space

Ron and Cathy took a much-needed vacay to Zion National Park. As one Geek quipped, “Wow. Zion in the fall is even more beautiful than regular Zion.”
Ron posing amongst fall leaves in Zion

Jason rode the White Rim Trail (located near Moab, Utah), and its beauty leaves us more breathless than the ride itself.
Jason biking along trail in Moab

Katy knows how to celebrate in style, as evidenced by her impressive Thanksgiving earring collection.
Thanksgiving earrings on table
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