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Get Geographic Information from an IP Address for Free

September 24th, 2019

Say you need to know what country someone visiting your website is from because you have an internationalized site and display different things based on that country. You could ask the user. You might want to have that functionality anyway to make sure your visitors have control, but surely they will appreciate it just being…

Link Underlines That Animate Into Block Backgrounds

September 23rd, 2019

It’s a cool little effect. The default link style has an underline (which is a good idea) and then on :hover you see the underline essentially thicken up turning into almost what it would have looked liked if you used a background-color on the link instead. Here’s an example of the effect on the Superfriendly…

WordPress 5.3 Beta 1

September 23rd, 2019

WordPress 5.3 Beta 1 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend running it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test the WordPress 5.3 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge…

Score big and try Google News for the Rugby World Cup

September 23rd, 2019

Grab your flags and jerseys: The 2019 Rugby World Cup, hosted in Japan, is running from September 20 through November 2 this year. The tournament, which began in 1987, is held every four years between the top 20 international teams. They’re competing for the illustrious Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the alleged…

Google Play Pass: Enjoy apps and games without ads or in-app purchases

September 23rd, 2019

Google Play has always been about connecting you to the best apps, games and digital content out there. Since everyone plays a little differently, we’re introducing a new way to enjoy many of these digital experiences: Google Play Pass. Play Pass is a new subscription service that gives you access to more than 350 apps…

Latino genealogists use Google to search for their roots

September 23rd, 2019

Editor’s note: For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we teamed up with Los Angeles-based artist and photographer Arlene Mejorado, whose work explores themes of racial identity and cultural experience. She brought the family stories of Joana Diaz and Lenny Trujillo to life for this article. Mimi Lozano says genealogy has been a way to dispel the…

Static First: Pre-Generated JAMstack Sites with Serverless Rendering as a Fallback

September 23rd, 2019

You might be seeing the term JAMstack popping up more and more frequently. I’ve been a fan of it as an approach for some time. One of the principles of JAMstack is that of pre-rendering. In other words, it generates your site into a collection of static assets in advance, so that it can be…

Random Notes from a JAMstack Roundtable

September 23rd, 2019

I hosted a JAMstack roundtable discussion at Web Unleashed this past weekend. Just a few random notes from that experience. I was surprised at first that there really is confusion that the “M” in Jamstack stands for “Markdown” (the language that compiles to HTML) rather than “Markup” (the “M” in HTML, sometimes used interchangeably with…

Our commitment to ensure a sustainable future for all

September 23rd, 2019

Today is the start of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This year the UN is placing a large focus on climate change, so we’re here to share details about Google’s longstanding and ongoing investments in sustainability. Along with our own actions, we’re committed to partnering with governments and other companies to ensure…

Simpler ways to drive growth across the customer journey with video

September 23rd, 2019

Consumers are moving faster, jumping from channel to channel, and researching more often in unexpected ways. This explosion of touchpoints means more opportunities—and more complexities—for marketers. But just because today’s customer journey is more complicated, doesn’t mean orchestrating your advertising campaign has to be. At Advertising Week New York, we’re sharing new ways to help marketers…