Fix Plus Australia Fasteners Supplier Website Launch

Fix Plus Australia Fastener SuppliesOver the last 15 or so years I have been building websites for a diversity of clients as a sole proprietor and now as Platform21 Digital Marketing Solutions. I take a great deal of pride in the work that I do and love building client relationships the most.

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My old pastors are planting a church in Montreal in 2015!

After 10 years of Generation Church on the Gold Coast, Andrew & Vanessa Hoyes are planting a church in Montreal, Quebec!

I’m so excited for them, they are handing over Generation Church on the Gold Coast to Hillsong and everyone at Generation will join the launch of Hillsong Church Gold Coast next weekend at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.

The church they are pioneering is called Resurgent Church, and after Ps Andrew called me and told me the news I was immediately drawn to the incredible images that the word “Resurgence” invokes.

I was also given the wonderful privilege of being asked by the Hoyes to build the Resurgent.tv website and church branding. We launched it yesterday at Generation’s final service. It was a bit of a rush to the finish line, but I’m happy with the result and they are delighted with their new branding and final website design.

It has been an amazing journey the last 10 years with Andrew & Vanessa, I have learnt so much about leading people, about leading myself, and most importantly I have grown as a man of God under their leadership.

I can’t wait to see what God will do with them in Montreal, as they lead a new church in a new city I know that God will bless them with an abundance, with good people and an even stronger apostolic mandate.

If you feel a calling to “pioneering” a new church, growing in your own leadership and of course the city of Montreal, why not get involved?

There are three ways you can be involved with Resurgent:

  1. Pioneer: Actually go to Montreal in 2015 and help plant the church! More info about Resurgent Church planting here.
  2. Partner: The church needs faithful partners to sow financially into the mission of Resurgent Church. More information on how you can partner with Resurgent Church financially here.
  3. Pray: Every church plant must be bathed in prayer. Find out more about Resurgent Churches prayer needs here.

 

My website now has a Google Page Speed score of 95

Google Page Speed Score of 95 for www.matthewsweet.net
Google Page Speed Score of 95 for www.matthewsweet.net

I have now cracked a page speed score of 95 for Google Page Speed!

Update: it’s currently 94 :(
Update: it’s back to 95 :)

For the longest time while tweaking the site it hovered at the 89 mark. So after about six months of speed tweaking and a fair bit of research to get it over the 90 mark, I’m happy to say that it has gone even higher than I expected.

I plan on describing in detail how I have done this and also (more importantly) explain why having a fast website is a crucial business decision for anyone wanting to increase engagement metrics for a website.

More-over it will be a series of articles that I will use to launch my new website, SpeedTweaker.com (don’t go there yet, nothing to see so far)!

Here are a few reasons why a high Page Speed Score is important:

  1. Page speed means that people won’t wait long for your site to initially load
  2. A fast site means that people will spend more time on it
  3. If people spend more time on your site, then they are more likely to buy
  4. If people buy your products and it increases your bottom line, then it was a worthwhile exercise.

Getting a high Google Page Speed score is not a panacea, it’s more an indication that you are doing all the right things and headed in the right direction.

Site Speed is the real key, and not only does Site Speed play an important role in your overall user engagement on a site, but Google has now added page speed a a signal in their algorithm.

If you are looking for help making your website faster, feel free to contact me here.

Cairns 2012 total Eclipse photo including Venus – taken from the Atherton Tablelands

2012 Total elipse at Atherton near Cairns during totality
2012 Total solar eclipse at Atherton near Cairns during totality – Click for a larger version!

My Astro-Physicist wife and I have had a wonderful morning enjoying and photographing the Cairns total eclipse for 2012! We decided over 6 months ago to stay near Atherton about an hour’s drive from Cairns for the Eclipse.

Not only was accommodation scarce, but we felt that there was a higher chance of better weather up high on the tablelands, than down near the coast.

We were not disappointed!

Click through and scroll down for the Eclipse / Venus photo

Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia

Amazon AWS now has a Sydney data center at Equinix down under
Amazon AWS now has a Sydney data center at Equinix down under

After being an AWS customer for the last 4 years, I have anxiously awaited an announcement for an Australian based AWS data centre for a long time!

Next week, Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon will unveil two new Sydney data centre locations based out of Equinux’s facilities. Continue reading “Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia” »