Resources and Further Reading
There is already a huge community of people on the internet dedicated to making the web better. The below are just some of the resources I think are helpful and will supplement the information on this site and provider further reading, or perhaps another point of view on the subject.
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- WebPagetest.org - measure your website and see waterfall diagrams to identify bottlenecks on your website.
- SpeedCurve.com - regularly measure your website using WebPagetest-like tools (requires subscription but with 30 day demo).
- Pingdom Website Speed Test - measure your website and see performance improvement suggestions.
- Google PageSpeed Insights - measure your website and see performance improvement suggestions.
- GTmetrix - measure your website and suggest performance improvements using Google PageSpeed Insights and Yslow.
- DareBoost - measure your website and see performance improvement suggestions as well as other improvements.
- stevesouders.com - Steve Sounders is the original performance guru and creator of Yslow, HTTP Archive, and co-creator of SpeedCurve.com.
- calendar.perfplanet.com - a tip per day published each December.
- Ilya Grigorik's Blog - where Ilya blogs on performance issues.
- Designing for Performance by Lara Callender Hogan.Lots of hints and tips on how to create performance websites. Best part is that it's now available online for free!
- Lean Websites by Barbara Bermes. Gives optimisation techniques for writing performant websites
- Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 edited by Stoyan Stefanov. A great collection of blog posts on various performance items
- High Performance Browser Networking by Ilya Grigorik.
- SSL Labs - the definitive site to test your SSL/TLS configuration.
- Ivan Ristić's blog - where Ivan (of SSL Labs) blogs on TLS issues.
- Scott Helme's Blog - where Scott blogs on security matters and has a number of helpful pages on setting up security matters on your website.
- SecurityHeaders- A tool created by Scott Helme to review and recommend HTTP security headers.
- Report URI - A tool created by Scott Helme to receive CSP and HPKP reports.
- Adam Langley's blog - Google's Adam Langley blogs in depth on security.
- Troy Hunt's blog - where Troy blogs on interesting security issues.
- OWASP - the Open Web Application Security Project which gives information on securing web software.
- Bulletproof SSL and TLS by Ivan Ristić. Everything you ever wanted to know about SSL and TLS from one of the experts in the field.
- Apache Security by Ivan Ristić. - an old book on hardening Apache but still worth a read and can't argue with the price (it's free!).
- ModSecurity Handbook by Ivan Ristić. If you use ModSecurity WAF, then you need to read this book. Simple as that.
- Web application Defender's Cookbook: Battling Hackers and Protecting Users by Ryan C. Barnett, Jeremiah Grossman. In depth look at ModSecurity rules - many of which form the OWASP Core Rule Set.
- Google Search Console - renamed from Google Webmaster Tools, this site allows you to track and tune how Google sees your website.
- Google Webmaster Central Blog - the official blog on google crawling and indexing. Lots of tips and announcements for webmasters.
- Bing webmaster tools - this site allows you to track and tune how Microsoft Bing sees your website.
- Google Analytics - an analytics tool to track how your website is used.
- Google's Mobile-Friendly Test - test whether google think's your website is mobile friendly.
- W3C HTML Validator - test the HTML on your website, as bad HTML can lead to inconsistent sites on different browsers.
- W3C CSS Validator - test the CSS on your website, as bad CSS can lead to inconsistent sites on different browsers.
- BrowserStack - your website on a range of different browsers (requires subscription but with free demo).
- WebAIM - test the accessibility of your website.
- Nibbler - test a number of aspects of your website including accessibility, SEO, social media and technology.
- A List Apart - lots of articles from lost of writers on web design and development.
- Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Useability by Steve Krug. One of the definitive UX books.
- The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why high-tech products drive us crazy by Alan Cooper. A view on why UX is too important to delegate to Software Developers to do in their spare time.
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