Design before you “minify”
In a fit of frustration the other evening, I posted this on Twitter:
I’m not really a curmudgeon, I just play one online. And apparently folks are watching my show because that one-off rant received a lot more “likes” and “retweets” than I was expecting.
But some were confused by what I meant. So I’ll explain.
That vulgar epiphany came to me while I was measuring the embarrassing sloth of this website1 and examining the sluggish behavior of quite a few others. Obviously I shouldn’t cast the first stone, but there’s a lot of unnecessary bloat elsewhere out there, too.
Maybe leveraging those Content Delivery Networks will let you get away with it. But maybe they won’t.
Then again, what the hell do I know? I’m just an old Web browser guy. So I’ll leave you with this quote, sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein, that I kept in my
.plan file back when that was a normal thing to have around:
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
I’m just trying to get people to think a little bit more before they deploy. I certainly wish I had here.
I’m currently over-burdened with a relational database, a resource-hungry theme, complicated plugins and other dynamic functionality I’ll probably never use. So I’m seriously considering a return to just static HTML. ↩