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Character encoding is a type of encoding scheme that assigns a number to each character for digital representation, and it is used to represent a repertoire of characters in textual data computation, storage, and transmission.
UTF-8 is a character encoding of variable widths that is used in electronic communication.
HTTP compression is a feature that can be applied to web servers and clients to maximize transfer speed and bandwidth usage.
The most popular compressions on the web today are Gzip and Brotli.
HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
HTTP Strict Transport Security is a web security policy that protects websites from man-in-the-middle attacks like protocol downgrades and cookie hijacking.
Content Type Options
The X-Content-Type-Options HTTP response header is a server-side marker that indicates that the MIME types advertised in the Content-Type headers should not be modified and should be followed.
The X-Frame-Options HTTP response header can be used to to avoid click-jacking attacks by preventing the content to be included in other websites.
Websites that have a shopping cart or checkout page, either using a known ecommerce platform or a custom solution.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system.
Google Tag Manager is a tag management system (TMS) that allows you to quickly and easily update measurement codes and related code fragments collectively known as tags on your website or mobile app.
YouTube is a video sharing service where users can create their own profile, upload videos, watch, like and comment on other videos.
MySQL is an open-source relational database management system.
PHP is a general-purpose scripting language used for web development.
Google Analytics is a free web analytics service that tracks and reports website traffic.
Yoast SEO is a search engine optimisation plugin for WordPress and other platforms.
Google Font API is a web service that supports open-source font files that can be used on your web designs.
Twitter Emoji is a set of open-source emoticons and emojis for Twitter, TweetDeck, and also for Android and iOS versions of the application.
Responsive Web Design
Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a web design approach that ensures web pages look good on a variety of devices and window or screen sizes.