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Client-Heavy vs CMS (server-heavy) Sustainability

In the previous couple of posts, I looked at areas where CMS-based websites might differ from sites built by other means, in terms of their sustainability. Looking at Standard and Permaculture frameworks, it seems to me that there are a few issues that strongly determine the sustainability of CMS systems, compared to other websites. But […]

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Are Content Management Systems (CMS) Sustainable? Permaculture Models

In our last post, we considered how Content Management Systems (CMS) might differ from other websites in terms of sustainability, using a standard set of sustainability goals put forth by Nate Shredoff. In this post, we consider CMS systems following the rules of Permaculture models. Why Permaculture? Compared to the standard formulation, Permaculture models consider […]

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Are Content Management Systems (CMS) Sustainable?

Happy New Year! This post begins an outline of some topics I will be discussion at the Sustainable Ux conference next month, namely the sustainability of systems like the one I’m using now, WordPress. Compared to the static web of 15 years ago, Content Management Systems (CMS) have different features, each of which can have […]

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Lack of a Print Stylesheet Damages the Earth

Well, as Adobe Muse has slowly improved (and made it harder to for Graphic Designers to make print-like, high-carbon-footprint web designs), the new enemy on the block to web sustainability becomes lousy CSS strategy. In particular, websites, especially blogging sites, that don’t support a proper print stylesheet damage the Earth. Case in point. I was […]


Green Websites on the Rise (accd. to the Green Web Foundation, that is…)

Sorry for the long delays – I’ve been rebuilding my portfolio site according to ‘sustainable web design’ practices and it is taking a lot of time! A few notes on web sustainability: First a report on the “most green” websites by country, with (according to the article) Germany is the winner: The interesting part […]


Death of Flash – Design, (not Software) was the Problem…

Google, following other browser manufacturers, has effectively killed Adobe Flash. Flash, while providing a user interface friendly to designers, was the source of multiple problems on the web, most of which impacted web sustainability. There’s a nice summary of the issues at Yahoo! Finance: This is big news since most advertisers have clung to […]

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Tim Frick speaks at TED on Web Sustainability

Mightybytes web sustainability guru Tim Frick just had his TED talk go live on web sustainability – worth a look! Are we Tweeting our way to a warmer planet? MightyBytes has also been consolidating a “Best Practice” list from their sustainability blog, located here:  

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Test the “Green-Ness” of your Website

One of the first thing a web designer interested in sustainability should ask themselves is how “green” or sustainable their current site is. I’m using the term “green,” but remember that web sustainability consists of several features in design, programming, and project workflow. Check Your Site The Green Web Foundation, active since 2006, has launched […]

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Compress PDFs and PowerPoints – Another Way to Improve Efficiency

Part of Sustainable Virtual Design includes compressing images and media for swifter delivery. Standard WPO includes compression of “rich media” as one of its schemes. Combine images with CSS “sprites” using tools like Spritepad Compress images Serve images adjusted to size of end user display Specify image width and height in HTML Replace bitmap formats […]


Dotcom-Monitor Pushes Past WPO Into Sustainability

I received a message from Clay Northcutt at Dotcom-Monitor ( to check out their service, and after a survey I’ve decided that their site provides a starting point for a discussion of how to implement Sustainable Virtual Design. There are two things of interest. First off, most monitoring services are aimed at large companies and […]

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