Ruadhán O'Donoghue

Ruadhán O'Donoghue

Web & mobile developer & consultant
Editor & contributor at mobiForge
Author of "AMP: Building Accelerated Mobile Pages"
Runs westerntechnological.ie

Latest Articles by Ruadhán O'Donoghue

Stopwatch and scales

Google’s new mobile-friendliness test tool: How it gets it right this time

In case you missed it, Google just launched another tool to test the mobile-friendliness of your website. The company now has a number of testing tools aimed at promoting good mobile web best practices such as keeping page weight down and ensuring quick render times. The other tools you might be familiar with are the...

Offline dinosaur

The web progression procession at Google IO 2016

This year’s Google IO event had a much greater emphasis on web than previous years: there were more sessions on mobile web than any other topic, and then, against this backdrop, there were more sessions on AMP and progressive web apps (PWAs) than any other topic. Going by the sessions, you’d be forgiven for thinking...

CMS Scaffolding

CMSes: a millstone on web performance? We find out…

With CMS solutions tailored for general users often with no technical expertise, it begs the question whether anything has been compromised in the name of convenience. In this article we take a look at the effect your choice of CMS has on web performance...

12 expert tips on how to boost web performance

Recently, we published a guide which explained why today web performance is of paramount importance to all website owners. In this article we focus on practical tips which you can apply to make sure that your content loads blazingly fast for all users. Site optimization is for everyone!...

How important is web performance?

Countless reports published over the years have agreed on a central point: users are extremely sensitive to web performance. Even the smallest change in the website page weight or load time alters traffic noticeably. Today businesses must make sure that their websites work really fast on all devices. These reports (1, 2,3, 4, 5) speak of fractions of...

Service worker toolkitd

Service worker toolkits and libraries

Overwhelmed by service workers? Here’s a collection of tools and libraries that will help tame this powerful beast!...

Ad-blocking

Ad blocking: the new Android reality that Google must accept

As we continue into 2016, the ad-blocking saga shows no sign of abating, with a number of recent developments. This latest round of controversy kicked off late last month when Samsung included an ad-blocking feature in the latest version of its Internet for Android browser. It didn’t stop there though. Also included in this update...

Safari is the black sheep of the browsers

Firefox service worker puts spotlight on Safari

Firefox 44 arrived this week, and with it came service workers and push notifications, the latter dependent on the former. We’re big fans of the Service Worker API and the possibilities it brings to the web. Service workers power some of the best new HTML5 features, such as offline experiences and the just-mentioned push notifications...

Broken compass

No HTTPS? Then say goodbye to geolocation in Chrome 50!

Do you use the Geolocation API in your web app? Then you need HTTPS, or it’s going to stop working later this year. Starting with Chrome version 50, the geolocation API will no longer work for insecure origins. This means that unless you’ve set up HTTPS on your site, it won’t work anymore. Why does...

HTTP Cat

The state of the Web 2016

2015 was a tumultuous year for the web, but ultimately, it was a good one, even a great one! Let’s take a look at the some of the events that made 2015 one of the most interesting for the web in recent times. Canvas vs DOM The respective merits of using the canvas element vs...

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