Latest Posts from John Meeks


Google’s Mobile-First Deadline is Coming: Technical Implications for .NET Developers

John MeeksGoogle’s mobile-first indexing shift has been years in the making, but the endgame is here: after July 5, 2024, sites that fail to deliver on mobile devices will get cut from Google’s index. Here’s the technical lowdown to future-proof your .NET applications.

The key takeaway is that mobile accessibility has graduated from best practice to absolute necessity. If your site can’t render or load on mobile, it’s effectively offline as far as Google’s concerned. This isn’t about abandoning desktop-centric designs – as long as that desktop experience gracefully translates to mobile, you’re in the clear.

For most modern sites, this change is a non-event. But if you’re maintaining a legacy site that doesn’t load on mobile (try loading it in your phone’s browser!), it’s time for some technical triage. Your mission is to ensure mobile accessibility.

One important caveat: Google will continue deploying the Googlebot Desktop crawler for product listings and Google for Jobs. So if you develop e-commerce solutions or job boards, expect to still see Googlebot Desktop in your server logs and adjust your user agent detection accordingly.

Google has set a hard deadline: mobile accessibility is now mandatory for indexing. Ensure your sites deliver a usable mobile experience. With proactive technical preparation, you can safeguard your sites’ search engine visibility.

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Google’s Third-Party Cookie Crackdown: What Web Developers Need to Know

John MeeksGoogle’s current plan to phase out third-party cookies from Chrome is close at hand and will be rolling out soon. As a web developer, you might be wondering what this means for your projects, your clients, and the future of online user tracking. Let’s break down the key implications and how you can adapt.

The End of an Era

Third-party cookies have long been the backbone of targeted online advertising. These small pieces of code, dropped onto users’ browsers by websites – other than the one they’re currently visiting – allow advertiser networks to build fairly detailed profiles of individuals’ browsing habits and interests. Google’s decision to eliminate third-party cookies marks a huge shift in how the web approaches user privacy and tracking.

Why the Change?

With growing privacy awareness, Google is bowing to pressure to give users more control over their data. The move aligns with evolving regulations like GDPR and CCPA, which grant consumers greater rights over their personal information. By getting rid of third-party cookie support, Google is trying to position itself as a privacy-conscious leader, in order to earn user trust and catch up with competitors, like Safari and Firefox, which have already blocked third-party cookies by default.

Impact on Web Development

So, what does this mean for web developers?

The Road Ahead

Google’s third-party cookie phase-out is a wake-up call for web developers to prioritize privacy in their work. While the shift presents challenges, it’s also an opportunity to create a more transparent, user-friendly web experience. By staying ahead of these changes and adapting your strategies, you can turn the end of the third-party cookie era into a chance for growth and innovation.

Some Resources

Stay Tuned

As Google rolls out these changes over time, keep a close eye on the implications for web developers. Even for basic websites, this change will be something to keep an eye out for as you view changes in your web stats and/or advertising of your site.

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Chrome to Start Warning and Blocking Insecure Downloads

John Meeks On Thursday (2/6/20) Joe DeBlasio from the Chrome Security Team at Google published a blog post outlining the next steps in their campaign to have webmasters move to securing sites and files using HTTPS.



Dallas GiveCamp Oct 11-13, 2019

John Meeks The Dallas GiveCamp is coming up on October 11th, 12th, and 13th.

The GiveCamp is an event where developers, designers, database administrators, and project managers come together to donate their time and skills to create custom solutions for non-profit organizations. This could be anything from a new website, a small data collection application, or even a large automatic email application.

Again this year we are proud to support and sponsor the Dallas GiveCamp and hope that you can help too. If you are in the Dallas area you can volunteer to help out, or if you can’t volunteer you can make a donation to help out.

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Orlando Code Camp – March 30th, 2019

John Meeks
The Orlando Code Camp is coming up on Saturday, March 30th at Seminole State College. We are a proud to be a sponsor again for the Orlando Code Camp and hope everyone going has an amazing time! If you are in the area that day, please register to attend here!

 

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SoCal Code Camp – November 10th and 11th

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Everleap is thrilled to support the up coming SoCal Code Camp on November 10th and 11th on the campus of USC.

The SoCal Code Camp has always been a fun event for developers in the Southern California area, so if you can make it out this weekend go support your local developer community with great sessions and prizes.

 

 

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After 7 Years Google+ To Be Shut Down

John Meeks It’s been a long and slow death to watch, but Google has finally announced they will be shutting down Google+ for consumers after 7 years. The shutdown will take place over the next 10 months, with announcements to come in the future which include how to download and migrate your data. The death of Google+ was one that was long coming. To Google’s own admittance, Google+ had very low usage and 90% of Google+ sessions lasted less than 5 seconds.



Houston TechFest 2018

John Meeks The Houston TechFest is approaching (Saturday September 29th), and we are happy to be a sponsor this year.

Started in 2007, the Houston TechFest is an amazing event for the IT community around the Houston area. If you are in the area, you can register for the event here.

 

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Dallas GiveCamp 2018

John Meeks We are proud to be the hosting sponsor for the Dallas GiveCamp again. The Dallas GiveCamp was created to bring together volunteers willing to dedicated their time and expertise to help further the mission of local charitable organizations.

This year, the Dallas GiveCamp will be held on September 14th to September 16th in Plano, Texas. If you are in the area, you can still volunteer for the event here.

 

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Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure” in July

John Meeks Google thinks your site is shady.

OK, not really, but that is how it will look come July, when all HTTP sites will be flagged as “not secure” in Chrome. In Google’s perspective, a site secured with SSL is a more trustworthy site. So with that in mind a regular HTTP site will be highlighted as “not secure“… for your protection.



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