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While traveling early last week (now two weeks ago) I found some time to revisit and recode the Silverpoint homepage. Since I am steering an internal initiative to upgrade Silverpoint’s SchoolSuiteŽ CMS (which is used for portions of our own site) with web standards goodness it was a worthwhile exercise. By standardizing our XHTML and class names, both internally and to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional specification we’ll be able to produce semantically robust, light-weight sites relatively quickly that have the added benefit of performing well with search engines.

Silverpoint

I was responsible for the Silverpoint site’s design over a year ago but the original HTML production was done by a third party. Never one to cry over spilt tag soup I rolled up my sleeves and started mopping. When all was said and done the size of the HTML had been reduced 62%, server requests were reduced 53% and a solid 53k of images had been trimmed away.

File size comparisons
Tag Soup
HTML 17k (With news rendered)
IMG 165k (48 images/additional requests to the server)
CSS
HTML 6.5k (With news rendered)
CSS 8k (3 files loaded once and then cached unless updated)
IMG 112k (19 images/additional requests to the server)

In addition to relieving the server of the burden of those excess requests and unnecessarily sliced images, Silverpoint.net finally topped the personal dot com of the same name in the results of a Google search for “silverpoint” (occasionally falling second to an admittedly more relevant result about silverpoint drawing techniques).

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Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
July 16th, 2004 at 8:12 am
Categories
CSS
Design
Silverpoint
Web
Comments
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006 Comments

001

Wow. This is inspiring. Brilliant look and design.

Thanks for producing such high-standard web sites and designs.

Author
Randy Peterman
Posted
Jul 16th, 2004 4:28 am
002

Nice work, Shaun!

Author
Rob Weychert
Posted
Jul 16th, 2004 8:07 am
003

I love that design. So smooth. It’s nice to see a bit of a case study on how the site has benefited from use of XHTML and CSS - especially the better search engine ranking. Good luck with your push for updating the CMS to use web standards - hopefully these results will make the difference.

Author
Ryan Brill
Posted
Jul 16th, 2004 8:21 am
004

Boo… I miss all of the old bigger images and slower load times. For shame, Shaun.

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Jul 16th, 2004 8:25 am
005

Thanks guys. Jason Standards Maria, why I never!

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jul 16th, 2004 4:45 pm
006

Nice job, Shaun. Also, that is one of the best designed (sematically appropriate) tables I’ve seen.

Author
ACJ
Posted
Jul 18th, 2004 8:57 pm