Design & Development

Caching with service workers

Caching with service workers, the easy way

Caching is one (just one) of the things that service workers do really well. A good caching policy enables your web app to do some pretty cool things, like serving almost instantaneous responses, smoothing over patchy network connections, and even providing offline functionality. With the right caching you can banish 404 response pages to the... Read More

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Bootstrapping Progressive Web Apps with amp-install-serviceworker

So you’re interested in the super-fast load times that AMP web pages offer, and you’re titillated by the rich, native-like experiences and functionality that Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) can deliver! How do you provide a seamless and instantaneous bridge between the two? Why, with <amp-install-serviceworker> of course! In this article we take a look at... Read More

The web performance impact of third-party libraries

In many ways the ease with which one can include third-party libraries in a web page is a testament to both the design of the web and extraordinarily rich and open ecosystem around it. With a few third-party services you can transform a static HTML page into a rich interactive experience with comments, media, analytics,... Read More

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How to build an animated loading spinner

Loading spinners are a great way to provide user feedback during waiting periods. This can signal to a user that your website has not crashed and is processing information. The original way to create loading spinners for the web was by using animated GIFs. Animated GIFs can have weight issues. This is due to the... Read More

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Mobile-friendliness 101: How to build a fixed navigation bar

Fixed navigation bars, or “sticky” navbars, are a very common design pattern. They allow the visitor to access the main site features very quickly since they are always visible, wherever the user is on the site or page. On the other hand, some would argue that they can take up too much space unnecessarily on... Read More

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