You may have stumbled upon this Times New Roman, pale background, lightning-fast website and thought “what on earth is this? Really? In 2022?” And yes, this may not be the most coventionally beautiful website in the world; however, to me it is perfect.
It rakes in sexy 100 page-speed scores all round (on both mobile and desktop), all of the content is CMS loaded with Supabase, it’s perfectly readable and it’s fully responsive for mobile. What more could I want, than a practical way to convey my thoughts into a single-source which is accessible to all.
Hacker News is one of the most popular forums for developers and programmers at the moment. During my first visit, I didn’t really know what to think. It looked like some ugly old 90s website. Where were the strobing gifs and neon colours? (I thought to myself). What I saw instead, was a really active community with constant, engaging discussions.
The more time I spent there, the more I realised that the only thing that matters on a website like this is the content. If that’s what you came there for, then everything else becomes annoying after a short amount of time. You just need to look at websites like Reddit which have gone the opposite direction and swapped out their fast, pre-rendered website, to a js-heavy react alternative which “looks nice”. They do still have the old version live, but it has been moved to old.reddit.com. Using this mirror, I compared the page speed scores and found that they originally went from a “pass” score of 91% with the old site, to actually failing the test with an overall desktop score of 43%. I find this quite shocking but not really surprising, given the browsing experience.
The buzz-words of “web3” and “blockchain” get thrown around a lot, but the most refreshing change to see is the return of simpler and faster websites with a content-focus opposed to sensory-stimulating styling.
To summarise, it is interesting to see the direction that web development is going in 2022. The buzz-words of “web3” and “blockchain” get thrown around a lot, but the most refreshing change to see is the return of simpler and faster websites with a content-focus opposed to sensory-stimulating styling. This more basic approach may ward some people away, but on the flip-side, it may prove beneficial to the communities which they house, as it improves the experience for the users who matter the most.