The web feels more bloated than ever.
(I’m looking at you “the Cascade is the worst part of CSS” guy!)
That’s a great step, but it doesn’t fix the underlying problem: the tools that we use to build for the web often fight against the grain of it, and add a tremendous amount of overhead, cognitive load, and literal cost in terms of money and electricity used to power it all.
So, how do you actually build a lean, efficient site in 2023?
- Start with mostly static HTML. If you’re building a blog or a marketing site or something like that, your journey can often stop here. Grab a tool like 11ty or Hugo and you’re good to go!
Of course, each situation is a little bit different.
You might need a database, or a specific hosting environment. You might have specific technical requirements or be locked into certain vendors.
But generally speaking, you can still build lean, fast websites in 2023. It mostly requires fighting against the tide of constantly chasing the new hotness and the latest buzzwords.