Increasing website response times

There is a constant pressure for websites to be fast and good looking across all devices. It’s better for users, and Google has a habit of favouring these types of websites in its search results.

We’ve made a few changes to the Cherryleaf website in the last few days that mean the web pages on the main site should load three times faster than before. We tracked down some JavaScript and images that were slowing down the response time, and we’ve made some other changes behind the scenes.

We’ve also added support for AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages. Google is encouraging web developers to support AMP, as it provides a straightforward way to create web pages for mobile devices that are smooth and quick to load. If your website doesn’t support AMP at the moment, you might want to look at the AMP Project website , and consider adding this functionality.

Top 25 Content Experience Influencers 2017

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Cherryleaf’s Ellis Pratt has been included in the list of the 25 most influential people in  Content Experience.

“With well over 1,700 individual nominations and votes, we created two separate lists this year: the best-of-the-best who influence an industry (voted on by an elite judging panel), and our top strategists implementing Content Experience across the entire customer journey.

What do we mean by ‘Content Experience?’

This role is not defined or exclusively owned by Product, Marketing, Sales, Support, or Success. Content Experience often lives in different departments depending on organizational structure, or as an independent vertical that manages all content produced by relevant departments.

Content Experience is the evolution of content strategy blending with technical communication. It’s an understanding that your content provides self-service experiences not only for your customers, but for potential prospects researching and/or buying your product as well.”

Thanks to MindTouch and the panel of judges. Congratulations everyone else on this list.

We’ve upgraded the software that runs our shopping cart and provides access to our e-learning system

As the headline states, we’ve upgraded the software that runs our shopping cart and provides access to our e-learning courses. The main difference delegates will notice is an improved page for the links to the modules contained in a course. There are some minor improvements: how the VAT element is processed, integration with the payment gateways, and to the invoices. We think we’ve ironed out all the bugs, but if you experience any issues, do let us know.

News roundup

Here’s a summary of recent activities:

Cherryleaf joins Wired Sussex

Wired Sussex logoCherryleaf has joined Wired Sussex, a Brighton-based membership organisation for companies operating in the digital, media and technology sector in Sussex, UK.

Wired Sussex works to help members to create, innovate and grow.

Campus LondonCherryleaf is also a member (but not a resident) of Campus London, a co-working space in the heart of East London’s Tech City that’s supported and powered by Google.

We’re happy to talk to start-ups about supporting users on a shoestring, as well as new and emerging ways to support users. Contact us if you’d like to talk.