RK.MD 2022 Redesign

Earlier this month, I dabbled with WordPress’ full site editing (FSE) and block-based themes as these are the platform’s future; however, they are still very much in their infancy. Depending on the landscape and adoption rate, I might consider using block-based FSE for the next redesign. For now, I give you the 2022 redesign.

So what changed?

For starters, I upgraded my cloud hosting platform from 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD disk, 1TB transfer, and 1 core processor to 2GB RAM, 50GB SSD disk, 2TB transfer, and a 1 core processor on Cloudways. Sign up using my affiliate link – we’ll both receive $25 worth of hosting. If you’re interested in creating a healthcare blog, here are some best practices I’ve blogged about.

I’m admittedly not someone very skilled in aesthetics, but I know I love the red-black color combination. 🙂 You’ll find this throughout the site with Muli being the primary sans-serif typeface. Furthermore, I’ve cleaned up the site’s navigation bar and header, simplified the widgets on individual pages, and changed up my About Me and Contact pages.

When it comes down to performance, I cleaned up orphaned database elements that have accumulated over the years as I tried out different plugins and themes. I also use a content distribution network (CDN) powered by Cloudflare. A CDN allows resources to be cached in data centers around the world. As a result, JavaScript, CSS, and images will be accessed more quickly from a server near the physical location of end-users. Overall, the goal is to decrease the all-important time to first byte (TTFB) metric.

WebP is my default image format in 2022. WebP images are 30% smaller on average than their JPEG/PNG equivalents through lossy and lossless compression. WordPress has supported this emerging standard since the 5.8 release, and now the overwhelming majority of the Internet is accessed by browsers that can natively render WebP. Good time to transition, if you ask me! 🙂

I’m a compulsive tweaker so small visual elements may change in the coming weeks. Please contact me with any glitches or suggestions! 🙂

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