In this edition:

  • Newspack scores well against other CMS options
  • A key use for iframes
  • Tuesday call gave us insight into the American Journalism Project
  • This week’s launches
  • Get our meetings on your calendar

New website analysis tool leads us to blow our own horn a bit

Now that Newspack is available in Wappalyzer, we can compare the average of all our sites’ core-web-vitals performance against other CMS systems using this tool. And we come out looking pretty dang good.

Core web vitals is Google’s new metric for measuring site performance which rolls up a bunch of different performance metrics, including how long a page takes to load, how long a page takes to become interactive, and how stable the page layout is as a page is loading. Sites with high Core Web Vitals scores are featured more prominently in search results.

Page weight is the size of a page, including images, scripts, and the HTML markup. The lower the page weight, the less data a site uses when it loads.

Lighthouse score is a comprehensive performance measurement and the successor to Pagespeed Insights. The higher the score the more performant and optimized a site is.

We’re pretty proud of the numbers Newspack has put up, mostly because it means you and your readers get a website that’s faster, friendlier and lightweight.


The iframe block lets you keep AMP turned on for pages and posts that feature interactive graphics

If the new iframe block features we highlighted last week weren’t enough, we’ve discovered another handy use for it: You can place interactive graphics from services such as Datawrapper and Flourish on your posts without turning off AMP.

It’s long been a modest annoyance to disable AMP on pages where we’re using handsome graphics. From now on, you should insert an iframe block and drop in the URL to your graphic. That’s it; don’t touch AMP.

It also does a great job with Document Cloud, which lets you annotate and embed pdfs into a story, within its own viewer.


Tuesday call featured American Journalism Project and a discussion of their philanthropy

We were joined Tuesday by Jason Alcorn, vice president of learning and impact at the American Journalism Project. He leads organization-wide knowledge management in support of the group’s mission and programs.

Catch the recording of the call here.

The American Journalism Project is a venture philanthropy dedicated to local news. It makes grants of about $1 million over three years to local nonprofit newsrooms, with a focus on developing the business and development skills of the organization. Grant applications are closed for this year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about 2022, which is only a couple months away.


127th Newspack newsroom launched

Congratulations to newsroom leaders on your launch in the past week.

As always, you can see the gallery of launched Newspack sites here.


Get our regularly scheduled meetings on your calendar with a couple of clicks

We have a Zoom call each Tuesday to which all publishers and their staffs are invited. The time alternates by week in an effort to accommodate publishers in various time zones.

Click the link here to add the late call, set for 5 p.m. Eastern

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And this one is for the 11 a.m. Eastern call on opposite weeks

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We also hold a 30-minute How To session each Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern. We offer a quick look at one topic, block, feature or other useful maneuver. You can see how these work by going here for or small-but-growing library of videos. The password is ilovenews

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