Author: James LePage

James LePage is the founder of Isotropic Design, a digital agency that builds WordPress websites. I read, write and design constantly!
May 11, 2020
How To Install Chatwoot To A DigitalOcean Droplet

Intro Chatwoot is an open source alternative to popular live chat software as a service offerings. Because it's open source, it's free if you install it and host it yourself. You can choose to pay the company $49 to $99 a month for the same features, with managed hosting and support. This article is going […]

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May 11, 2020
How To Defer Offscreen Images On Your WordPress Website

What Is It? The Defer Offecreen Images opportunity section of your Lighthouse report lists all offscreen or hidden images in your page along with the potential savings in kilobytes (KB). Consider lazy-loading these images after all critical resources have finished loading to lower Time to Interactive: Why Does It Display? Google will display these suggestions […]

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May 10, 2020
Monetize High Performance Cloud Hosting On A Low Budget

This is a short guide for WordPress web designers, developers, and small digital agencies. All too often your clients are on shared hosting, which seriously impacts their paidspeed loading times. As we discussed in this blog a lot, page speed is extremely important because it directly correlates to conversion rate, revenue generated by the website, […]

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May 9, 2020
What's The Best Elementor Add On Plugin?

We purchased the 7 most popular Elementor Addon Plugins and tested each of them to find the best solution for you.

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May 9, 2020
Avoid An Excessive DOM Size On Your WordPress Website

What Is It? The Document Object Model (DOM) is a cross-platform and language-independent interface that treats an XML or HTML document as a tree structure wherein each node is an object representing a part of the document. The DOM represents a document with a logical tree. The more elements (headings, links, sections, paragraphs...) you have […]

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May 8, 2020
How To Avoid Multiple Page Redirects On Your WordPress Site

What Is It? Redirects slow down your page load speed. When a browser requests a resource that has been redirected, the server usually returns an HTTP response like this: The browser must then make another HTTP request at the new location to retrieve the resource. This additional trip across the network can delay the loading […]

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May 8, 2020
The Free Alternative to LiveChat & Intercom

Existing live chat services do live chat really well, but they also cost a pretty penny. We set out to find a free & powerful alternative to existing live chat services. Many times, there are some stunning open source alternatives that are free, and offer more features than paid services. For live chat, there's an […]

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May 7, 2020
Do's And Don'ts Of An Architecture Website

We generated an architecture website checklist just for you. Over the past couple of months, the Isotropic team has been hard at work identifying and analysing hundreds of websites across the industries we serve. Our findings have been pretty helpful in isolating the industry-specific do's and don'ts of websites and web presences. Over the next […]

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May 6, 2020
How To Fix "Avoid Chaining Critical Requests" On Your WordPress Site

What Is It? Critical request chains are a series of dependent network requests important for page rendering. The more prominent the length of the chains and the bigger the download sizes, the more critical the effect on page load execution. Browsers typically parse HTML utilizing a streaming parser—resources are found inside the markup before they […]

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May 6, 2020
Implementing Infinite Scroll On The Default Elementor Posts Widget

As unfortunate as it is, Elementor doesn't provide any support for Ajax infinite loading. We've been requesting this feature for awhile, so it doesn't look like they'll be adding in anytime soon. Luckily for you, it's a pretty easy thing to implement with a free and super simple third party plugin. In this blog post […]

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