Looping Video Backgrounds: pointers and pitfalls

I just want to share some of the things that I’ve learned about implementing a ‘video background’ – one of those little videos that you typically find on home pages and landing pages.

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I’m going to deliberately side step the question of “is this a good idea?” and just share some pointers around implementation.

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Don’t be a dumb developer

I had a situation at work where we had an edge case in a component: sometimes a logo didn’t appear. When I noticed this, I responded as a dumb developer.

I didn’t look around, and notice in other very similar components that there was a fallback for this scenario. Instead, I just saw a lack of a logo, blinked, and just mentally folded.

Don’t do this. Don’t be a dumb developer.

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Changing to an SSD server – does it make a difference? An anecdote

I had been looking to change web hosts for a while, and thought I’d try out one of the hosts that was offering an SSD option.

I’ve also been learning a lot lately about performance, and how that is measured. This was a perfect opportunity to test the effect of an SSD server. Since I was moving my site, and changing nothing else about it, this seemed like a good comparison.

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