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A Great HTML5 Website Template Called Boilerplate

A Rock-Solid Default for HTML5 Awesomeness

If you're looking for some examples of website development "best" practices, then look no further the the HTML5 Bolierplate by Paul Irish (As well as a slew of other contributors). The site says that this thing is "badass" and I couldn't agree more. I personally have been using a slightly modified version (Made it ColdFusion compatible) of this for the past few websites I've created and a few older sites that I converted. I'm quite impressed.

Why am I impressed? Well, for starters, Google Analytics is showing that the traffic on the sites that I converted jumped 500%. This is essentially telling me I had some problems with the way I was structuring my sites.

One of the really cool features of this collection, is that it includes something called an Ant Build script. I'm still not 100% everything this thing does, but in a nutshell, it optimizes everything in your site. It will minimize JavaScript, CSS, HTML and reduce the size of JPGS, PNG's. Very cool indeed. To use, all you have to do is open terminal (I know, but it's not that hard) and then CD to the build directory (located inside the bolierplate framework) and type ant build. Then sit back while it does its thing.

Don't just take my word for it, check it out yourself and see the awesomeness.