Yannik Bloscheck Designer & Developer

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When you design a website, it's difficult to estimate how good the performance and security really is.
You can visit your website over a slow connection to get a general feeling for its speed, but this is just one other data point and doesn't really tell you the reasons. The lock in the browser address field shows how the connection to your website is encrypted with SSL, but not much more about the security.
A great tool for such cases are website speed and security tests. These tests don't just measure the loading time of your website or used SSL certificates, but also analyse the structure and content of your website to give you hints how to improve it.

You don't need a perfect score in every test for your website to be perfect. There are always things only your hosting provider has control over or necessary tradeoffs specific to your website, which will prevent you from getting the best score. Still, you should aim to get a high a score as possible and repeat the tests at least once every year, because the technologies behind your website and possible attack scenarios are constantly evolving.

Here are some great free tests I recommend to you:

Speed

Pingdom
WebPagetest
GTmetrix

Security

Mozilla
Qualys SSL Labs
ImmuniWeb
Scott Helme
HSTS Preload List

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❭❭ I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain.

"The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields: There’s worldwide audiovisual entertainment, and there’s cinema. They still overlap from time to time, but that’s becoming increasingly rare."

- Source: Martin Scorsese for The New York Times

❭❭ Dark Patterns at Scale

An interesting collection of dark patterns used on shopping websites to manipulate customers.

"Dark patterns are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, steering, or deceiving users into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions. We conducted a large-scale study, analyzing ~53K product pages from ~11K shopping websites to characterize and quantify the prevalence of dark patterns."

- Source: Researchers from Princeton University and University of Chicago

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