GoDaddy Website Design Services and Google Lighthouse — design meets power

These days, the expectations for your site are high. Not only does your website need to look sharp, but it also needs to load quickly on a wide range of devices. Juggling all of the individual parts of keeping your site looking and running smoothly can overwhelm even the most seasoned web developers. If you’re struggling to optimize your site, Google Lighthouse is a powerful development tool that can show you the way.

Google is also changing its algorithm this summer, so ensuring that your site provides the right experience to help with Google search rankings. Click here to learn more about the updates Google is making.

Never heard of Google Lighthouse? Not sure how this tool can help your website?

Let’s take a look.

Guide to Google Lighthouse

We’ll cover the basics of Google Lighthouse and how GoDaddy Website Design Services build websites with Google Lighthouse in mind.

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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now. 

Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK COVID-19 variants 

Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus strain that is a combination of the Indian and UK coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) variants and spreads quickly by air, the health minister said on Saturday. Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said Vietnam would soon publish genome data of the newly identified variant, which he said was more transmissible than the previously known types. 

Vietnam’s business hub Ho Chi Minh City will begin social distancing measures for 15 days starting from May 31 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government said on Sunday. State-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported Ho Chi Minh City authorities would conduct COVID-19 tests city-wide with testing capacity at 100,000 samples per day. 

Victoria cluster swells to 51 

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Q&A with macaron artist Anita Lee, owner of Colette Macaron

For entrepreneur Anita Lee, her journey into baking macarons began as a way to make tasty treats for her children with food allergies. Applying what she learned when making macarons with her kids, Anita launched Colette Macaron and continues to experiment and grow creatively. 

Read more about her story below.

Q&A with Anita Lee, founder of Colette Macaron

This interview has been gently edited for length and clarity.

GoDaddy: Tell us about your business.

Anita Lee: I started my Colette Macaron business three years ago. I sell macarons out of my home and I do pop-ups around the Bay Area. And I think our unique take —  with color and flavors — it’s something that you may not see elsewhere.

GD: What made you interested in making macarons?

AL: Well, I started out cooking in general because my kids have food allergies.

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Brazilians stage nationwide protests against President Bolsonaro’s COVID response

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA – Brazilians staged protests against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in at least 16 cities across the country on Saturday, carrying signs such as “Out with Bolsonaro” and “Impeachment now.”

Bolsonaro’s popularity has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 460,000 Brazilians as the far-right leader played down its severity, dismissed mask wearing and cast doubt on the importance of vaccines.

Organized by leftist political parties, unions and student associations, Saturday’s protests in the capital Brasilia and in Rio de Janeiro were peaceful, but in the northeastern city of Recife, police threw tear gas and shot rubber bullets.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, thousands of mask-wearing people blocked one the largest city’s avenues. One large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.

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How to use consumer psychology to grow your small business

I bet you never thought you’d be a part-time psychologist when you started your business.  Over the last 10 years of owning a digital marketing agency, I’ve come to realize that successful marketers marry the art of design with the science of consumer psychology.

Funny enough, I almost double-majored in psychology because I was fascinated by how people make decisions, and I think that’s what ultimately led me to build my digital marketing agency. In this post, we’ll dive more into the ins and outs of better understanding your prospects and customers, and I’ll show you how to use consumer psychology to grow your small business.

What is consumer psychology anyway?

Consumer psychology is the study of how our previous life experiences, thoughts, beliefs and feelings influence the way we consider and buy products and services. To get a bit more formal, check out this definition from Auburn University:

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Hot money flees Philippines for second straight month

Short-term portfolio investments left the Philippines for a second straight month in April amid cautious investor sentiment due to the stricter lockdown measures to curb a spike in coronavirus infections.  

Hot money – dubbed as such due to the ease by which these funds enter or leave an economy – posted a net outflow of $373.95 million in April, based on data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday evening. 

This was lower by 43% than the $660.38 million net outflow a year earlier, and by 31% than the $540.97 million net outflow in March. 

“Developments during the month included investor reaction to easing inflation, contraction of the country’s gross domestic product in 2020, extension of local quarantine measures, progress of the government’s vaccination program and the continued rise of infections in the country,” the central bank said in a statement. 

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Changes coming to Google Search in June 2021

Starting in mid-June through August, Google will be bringing page experience to Google Search. Things that make a website great to use — like page speed, stability, and mobile-friendliness — will be playing a contributing factor in how your website ranks on Google.

If you need help making any of these changes, we can do it for you! Godaddy’s Website Design Services can make sure your site is built using Google’s best practices.

What is Google Lighthouse?

Google Lighthouse is a development tool that can measure your website’s overall health. Each element that Google checks for factors into your site’s SEO performance. Here are the kinds of things that Google tests on your website:

Your performance score is made up of these key metrics.

  • First Contentful Paint is the time from the page starts loading to when any part of the page shows up on the screen.
  • Speed Index is
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Malaysian volunteer undertakers struggle to cope as COVID cases surge

KUALA LUMPUR  Malaysian volunteers, who help to give virus victims a Muslim burial, say they are being stretched like never before, as the Southeast Asian country struggles to cope with its worst coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak since the start of the pandemic. 

Dressed in full protective gear, the Malaysian Funeral Management Squad is usually called in by hospitals to help families to pay their last respects in a safe way. 

Muhammad Rafieudin Zainal Rasid, a religious leader who heads the nationwide volunteer team, has become known as the cleric undertaker. He said the volunteers were currently handling nearly 30 times more bodies than they did last year. 

The volunteer team has grown in size to more than 2,000 members, but Muhammad Rafieudin said they are struggling to keep up. 

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Website Terminology Glossary: Web Design, Vol. 2 

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients.

Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, quickly find definitions that break it down in real terms. Start getting time back — and put more of those coins in the bank.

Website Terminology Glossary: Web Design, Vol. 2

Which content goes where, and why does it look that way? Ensuring clients can identify different aspects of a web design lets you more effectively explain your decisions. It also helps clients avoid feeling like they’re not involved in the process when it’s their money on the line.

Help them (and yourself) smoothy get through the build process with these basic terms related to web design.

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Make finer, impressive photos with the new X60 series co-engineered by vivo and ZEISS

Keeping and reliving experiences through vivid images becomes more possible with the cutting-edge technologies conveniently integrated within smartphones. As technology continues to advance, people can expect to take clearer and more photographs of their memories saved in their devices.

The newly-released vivo X60 redefines the practice of mobile photography for users. Thanks to the collaborative efforts and powerful technology of leading optics expert ZEISS, every experience captured by vivo X60 will be viewed with excellent quality.

With the various enhanced photography functions and features built-in vivo X60, users can pose for a portrait, shoot a landscape, capture a live event, or record a video easier and more creatively.

Well-defined focus

The night just keeps getting better. Photographer Xander Angeles captures a vividly-lit portrait of Rhian Ramos in a dark setting, using vivo x60’s HDR Super Night Portrait.

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