Website Performance Upgrade
We are also researching changing our "theme". This doesn't mean that we will be offering different things for sale, but more the general look and "feel" of the website. According to Wikipedia "In computing, a theme is a preset package containing graphical appearance and functionality details. Themes are used to customise the look and feel of a piece of computer software or of an operating system." Couldn't have put it better myself.
I have been very lucky, for the last few weeks, to have had the help of Amaran, whose mum works in the Art of Living Reigate Shop, and who is back home from Bristol Uni. Amaran has done some web based work for us before, during school holidays and between 6th Form and University. Apart from being a pleasure to spend time in the office with, he's a coding wizz (or, at least compared to me he is) so, I've no sooner come across a problem, or had an idea, before it's either fixed, or there on the screen in front of me. The power of a big, young brain!
As I said earlier, we've been working on the website's performance and, for the past few months, I've become obsessed with our Google Lighthouse scores. For all you non-geeks out there, Lighthouse is a page experience tool, built by Google, that measures accessibility, performance, SEO, Progressive Web Apps and an extended list of best practices. Powered by the new Core Web Vitals, these audits together give an excellent overview of the quality and performance of both the mobile and desktop versions of the site.
When we started our improvements, our scores were 15 - 54 - 49 - 62 (all out of 100) so, ok, but not great (apart from the score of 15, for Performance, which was rubbish!)
However, feast your eyes on this!!
That was our score yesterday (Friday) afternoon and, I have to say, it gives me a warm glow every time I look at it. Now if we can just sort out a few Java Script stragglers, to get the "Best Practices" score up, I'll be a very happy little Northerner.
All this website development meant that I took my eye off the ball a little las week and missed International Pinot Noir Day on Wednesday. It was also my son's birthday and I seem to remember having a glass, or two, of Pinot Noir anyway, but it was an accidental and subliminal celebration of what is one of my favourite wines.
So, as a "belated birthday wishes" to Pinot Noir, I thought I'd remind you of some of our great Pinot glasses.
Well, time has run away with me once more, so that's it for today.