While browsing the online collections of the Strong National Museum of Play, I found a page for the Casper the Friendly Ghost game. I wanted some way to tie this new information to the exhibit, and to the BoardGameGeek link I had shared on the original post.
It was just over two years ago that I switched the Harvey Mercheum website’s theme from Suffusion to Weaver Xtreme. Weaver Xtreme supports certain Google Fonts, and I chose Roboto Slab for titles and Roboto for text (Roboto Condensed in the sidebars). Kinsta just posted on their blog that the Roboto font family is the most popular on Google Fonts, with the Condensed style sixth, and the Slab style thirteenth. I guess I made a decent choice! My original inspiration for the combination was Brian Garnder’s post Top 5 Google Font Combinations, but unfortunately, that post no longer renders the fonts correctly.
Now that I have finally posted a new exhibit, I don’t feel so bad about making more improvements to the Harvey Mercheum website. Resuming my survey of free tools that are available, I was researching some Adobe products the other day, when I came across this web page:
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted about how, while http: versions of hyperlinks to the Harvey Mercheum website will redirect to https:, the redirect is an extra step and slows the process down. I just finished reading a post on Kinsta‘s blog about redirects, and in it, they show measurements of just how much a redirect slows down page load time. You can read the full post here:
And yes, I use SiteGround not Kinsta for my hosting, but it does not matter to me where a relevant and well written blog post originates.
I am always looking for ways to improve the Harvey Mercheum website. I mentioned back in March that the Harvey Mercheum website was now using Cloudflare. Cloudflare is more than just a Content Delivery Network (CDN), they offer a number of tools to speed up websites. Back in June, they posted on their blog about one such free tool called Rocket Loader. I have been wanting to try it out, and finally had the time to do so. While the results were not as dramatic as I would have hoped, GTmetrix reports that my PageSpeed score climbed from 82% to 86%, and WebPagetest reports that my load time to document complete dropped from 5.335 seconds to 3.046 seconds, with less requests and less bytes in.
Everything seems to be working normally, but if you experience any problems, please leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form to let me know. If the problems are severe enough to prevent this, please post to the Harvey Mercheum Facebook page. Thank you!
It seems that I am very good at making busy work for myself. I decided that even though http: versions of hyperlinks to the Harvey Mercheum website will redirect to https:, the redirect is an extra step and slows the process down, so I should correct them. While I had to edit all the URLs anyway, I decided to set up campaign parameters to help me track visits in Google Analytics. Once I did that, with the help of the Google Campaign URL Builder, the URLs were long and ugly, so I decided to shorten them using my long-ignored Bit.ly account.
I was just reading this excellent post by Troy Hunt about why even a static HTML website should use HTTPS, when I was reminded by The Hacker News that today is the day Google Chrome starts marking all non-HTTPS websites as “Not Secure”. I am very glad I spent my 4th of July making the switch.
I recently had an email discussion with the support team at WPBeginner about my problems finding a replacement for my custom taxonomies menu widget. It turns out that WordPress‘s standard menu functionality picks up custom taxonomies, so the need for a specialized widget has been eliminated. I did want the menu to have “accordion” ability, and the standard WordPress menu widget does not provide that, so I am trying out a new plugin to provide that functionality. One feature that has been lost is showing the count of the number of exhibits each particular selection will show, but I consider saving screen space worth the price. Please try navigating using the new tree, and leave a comment below or use the “Contact the Curator” form to let me know what you think!