40+ Best Web Development Blogs of 2016

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In the world of web development, those who become experts usually do so by learning from their predecessors. Reading and following the right web development blogs makes it much easier to get a solid education. That’s why in this post, we’ve compiled a list of the top web development blogs that will help you find your footing and acquire essential skills in modern web dev.

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Latency Optimization – Tips for Optimal Performance

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Network and DNS latency play a huge part in determining just how fast your website or application loads. It will always be there to some extent as you can’t get past the laws of physics when it comes to delivering content. The further the content has to travel, the greater the latency. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to decrease it. In today’s post, we want to share with you a few latency optimization tips which will help ensure the fastest load times for your visitors.

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WordPress Performance – Breaking It Down by HTTP Requests

wordpress performance

WordPress can be a tricky beast as they say when it comes to web performance. Especially if you are comparing it against others running static sites. Because WordPress is based on PHP and most of the content is dynamically generated, it means you need to find other ways to optimize. In today’s post, we are going to dive into a fresh WordPress install and take it apart piece by piece, or rather by HTTP requests, to hopefully help you gain a better understanding of WordPress performance. WordPress can load a lot faster than what some people might lead you to believe!

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Top 10 Front-End Frameworks of 2016

front-end frameworks

Front-end frameworks let you hit the ground running when developing a new website. Due to their popularity, a wide array of front-end frameworks are available, and new ones emerge on a regular basis.

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X-XSS-Protection – Preventing Cross-Site Scripting Attacks


Implementing HTTP security headers are an important way to keep your site and your visitors safe from attacks and hackers. In a previous post, we dove into how the X-Frame-Options header and frame-ancestors directive can help combat clickjacking. In today’s post, we want to go more in-depth with the X-XSS-Protection header, as well as the newer CSP Reflected-XSS directive, and how they can help prevent cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

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DDoS Protection – Why It is Needed Now More Than Ever

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In 2015 the internet saw the highest rate of DDoS attacks ever. Unfortunately, as the web rapidly evolves, so do the number of DDoS attacks and hackers with malicious intent. For a lot of larger companies, fending off new attacks has almost become a normal routine now has they have to constantly stay vigilant. Compared to a couple years ago, it is more important now than ever to have a DDoS protection plan in place before this happens. If your website goes down this gives new users a bad first impression and can affect a variety of other things including loss of revenue, customer loyalty, your overall reputation as a company, and even employee morale.

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Why Use a CDN? Here are 10 Data-Driven Reasons

why use a cdn

Perhaps not to anyone’s surprise, but here at KeyCDN, one of the most frequently asked questions we get from visitors is “Why Use a CDN?” A CDN has a lot of other advantages besides simply speeding up your content delivery. Today we want to dive more in-depth into answering that question and share with you 10 data-driven reasons why you should be using a content delivery network (CDN) if you aren’t already and how it can help your website stay ahead of the competition.

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Perceived Performance – Don’t Forget the User

perceived performance

Normally when it comes to web performance, speed is everything. We usually recommend not obsessing over GTmetrix, PageSpeed, or Pingdom scores that much and instead focus on how fast your website is loading. However, there is one exception to that rule, and that is you need to also take into account “perceived performance.” In today’s post, we will explore why perceived performance can be a crucial factor in your website’s success and the best overall experience for your visitors.

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Bootstrap vs Foundation – Top 2 CSS Frameworks

bootstrap vs foundation

When it comes to being a developer and designer you usually always reach a crossroads of which CSS framework should you use? There are many out there to choose from, but two of the most commonly mentioned ones are Bootstrap and Foundation. In this post, we will be comparing the two CSS frameworks, Bootstrap vs Foundation. Read more below about how using a framework can help speed up and streamline your development and design process.

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The Lowdown on CDN Dynamic Content

cdn dynamic content

Typically when hear or read about a content delivery network, they are always talking about how your static assets (such as JavaScript, CSS, images) are being delivered from the CDN edge server’s cache. This is definitely a typical use case for a CDN. A common misconception though is that CDNs can’t handle caching dynamic content, which is not always the case. The term “dynamic” though might be a little different than what you think. Read more below about how CDN dynamic content works and how KeyCDN can help speed it up.

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