WordPress to include Lazy-Loading for all Images

WordPress have announced that WordPress 5.4 may include image lazy-loading by default on the platform. The lazy-loading feature will enable the “loading” HTML attribute on all IMG elements. This will mean that WordPress publishers will no longer need to use JavaScript or third party plugins to lazy-load their images.

What Is Lazy-loading?

The lazy-loading HTML attribute tells a browser to either wait before downloading an image or to download it right away.
There are three kinds of lazy-loading attributes but only two that make a difference to how your images are loaded when a page is first opened in a browser:

1. Lazy
2. Eager

Lazy, which will be enabled in WordPress 5.4 by default, means to wait until the users browser viewport is within a certain distance before downloading the image. This behavior will speed up a users experience on WordPress sites.

The “eager” attribute tells the browser to immediately download the image.

WordPress 5.4 Release Date

WordPress 5.4 is planned to release on March 31, 2020. This date is dependent on how ready the release is.

According to the WordPress announcement:

The implementation seeks to enable lazy-loading images by default, providing the loading attribute with value lazy on the following img tags:

  • Images in post content
  • Images in post excerpts
  • Images in comments
  • Images in text widget content
  • Individual images rendered via wp_get_attachment_image()
  • Avatar images rendered via get_avatar()

Note that loading=”lazy” will only be added if the respective tag does not  include a loading attribute. In other words, to prevent an image from being lazy-loaded, it is recommended to specify loading=”eager”.”

According to the WordPress, the lazy-loading attributes will be implemented in a manner that makes it easy to remove them. This is important in case future browsers begin lazy-loading all images by default, without the need for a loading attribute.

Google has also indicated via Web.dev that there are plans to automatically enable lazy-loading to all images when a browser in the Lite mode (formerly known as Data Saver mode).

Test Drive WordPress Lazy-Loading
The WordPress team have also released a WordPress lazy-loading plugin designed for testing purposes. WordPress Developers who wish to test it and provide feedback can download the plugin and give it a try from here.

Read WordPress’s official announcement here: Lazy-Loading Images in WordPress Core

Engineering Website Design

EGB Engineering

Renewable Energy Web Design

EGB Engineering

EGB Engineering is an internationally focused company with expertise in the field of power and propulsion. Thy provide public and private sector clients with cost-effective quality engineering products and services to OEM and end-user clients from various industries such as aerospace, defense, renewable energy and nuclear energy.

What we did

Design, Development, SEO, CMS, Mobile Website

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THE BRIEF

In 2018,Boss Digital took part in an extensive selection process for the opportunity to partner with EGB Engineering and support their digital operations in Europe.

On being chosen as EGB Engineerings new digital partner, Boss Digital were tasked with providing strategic and technical support for their existing WordPress website, as well as utilising our creative team to enhance the website’s appearance and UX.

Web Design for Aerospace Industry

OBJECTIVES

  • Establish a collaborative working relationship with EGB Engineering’s various stakeholders, suppliers and teams
  • Provide strategic guidance to help support EGB Engineerings’s business objectives
  • Improve the look and feel of EGB Engineerings website over time
  • Ensure that EGB Engineerings WordPress website is secure and regularly updated
  • Improve the User Experience (UX) and the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) of the website
  • Monthly performance reviews using analytics data and subsequent suggestions and recommendations
  • Ongoing management and technical maintenance of the website and its secure file sharing platform

INTEGRATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS

In providing ongoing technical and strategic support to EGB Engineering, we are required to coordinate with various stakeholders including EGB Engineering’s IT team.

We have implemented a process which ensures that code releases, security enhancements and backup procedures are implemented in a methodical and coordinated fashion, with timely sign off from all required teams and stakeholders.

AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENTS

A key aspect of our relationship with EGB Engineering is to collaboratively review and make aesthetic improvements to their WordPress website, including the addition of new sections and microsites.

The EGB Engineering home and careers pages, for example, have recently undergone redesigns. EGB Engineering wanted a fresher, more modern look and feel for these pages, reflecting their innovative brand and technology.

We have updated the appearance of these pages, simultaneously aligning them with and improving upon EGB Engineerings existing branding.

The Boss Digital design team has also created a number of innovative features to improve the site’s look and feel, including animated infographics!

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

Boss Digital have been instrumental in helping us with our online activities and strategy – the team have been an absolute pleasure to work with. They are always proactive in their support and we are very much looking forward to seeing what our relationship brings in the future.”

Arnold Gad-Briggs, Chief Executive at EGB Engineering

If you have a project that you would like to discuss with our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through info@bossdigital.net or by calling 01157 757 757.

Why your website needs to be responsive

In 2020 there are 3.5 billion unique smart mobile users worldwide. Mobile devices excluding tablets account for 47.96% of all global internet traffic. In UK 95% of 16 to 74 year olds were recent internet users. With 53.6 million being active mobile internet users, 85% of this audience are likely to be looking or searching for your business website on a mobile internet device.

Is your Website mobile ready?

If your website was created over 5 years ago the chances are that it was not designed or optimised for the way that most people use the internet today. A great website does not need to just look good on a PC, it also needs to deliver information that’s readable, relevant and accessible on the go.

Modern websites need to be responsive and be able to adapt to the screen size of the device they are being viewed on. Responsive web design should allow for websites to switch layout seamlessly for all devices; mobile phones, tablets and desktops. For this reason it has become hugely important for business to invest in responsive web design; your business needs a website that works well on a smartphone or other mobile device screens including tablets, due to the vast number of people who could be using your website through a smartphone or tablet.

We are Boss Digital

We have over 10 years’ experience in creating digital brand communications and responsive websites. Our creative team help our clients to communicate their digital brand better. We specialise in ecommerce web design for startups and SME’s in the following industries, beauty, food, local services including solicitors, accountants, GP’s, Online retailers, Car Hire companies and the manufacturing industry. If you are thinking about updating your website please get in touch with us today.

Twitter reports video attracts ten times more engagement

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Twitter has reported that tweets that include a video can attract ten times more engagement than a tweet without video.

Video captured with a smart phone can be just as engaging as video that’s professionally produced.

Twitter states that “Your phone is a fully capable multimedia studio in your pocket, giving you everything you need to create compelling content on the go.”

Twitter also recommended the following three points to help content creators with their visual library.

Create GIFs

Twitter cited a recent study that GIF generate 55% more engagement than tweets without a GIF.

Instead of using existing GIFs in tweets, Twitter suggests using original, branded GIFs. This may sound complicated to do but the iPhone’s Photos app for instance has the built-in capability to turn a video into a GIF.

And depending on the type of effect your trying to capture there are wide range of GIF-making apps available to help simplify the process further. From time lapse video to Live Photo or a series of static photos, marketers can now create their very own original, branded content directly from their smart phones.

Phone Accessories

While most phones have great cameras and microphones, they do not have the ability to capture commercial grade content on their own. To capture the best video content on your phone, Twitter recommends investing in third-party accessories, including attachable lights, lenses t create professional quality video content.

Phone attachable Microphones capture ambient sound, while a clip-on microphone is ideal for conducting on-camera interviews. A gimbal is also an great accessory that can help stabilize your smart phone and make shots smoother and create amazing sweep shots from your hand..

On screen Recordings

A great feature on many smart phones is the ability to utilise your phone’s screen recording feature. Screen recordings make for great content when demonstrating how to do something technical, such as using an app or showcasing features on your phone.

To create a video screen capture on your iPhone, you need to enable the function in Settings > Control Center. When the screen is swiped up to reveal the Control Center, push the Record button to begin your screen recording. A three-second countdown will appear, and your phone will start capturing video of whatever you do on screen. The screen capture function is also able to record sound, so ensure you have your narration available.

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Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

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O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.