Is it okay to build sites that rely on JavaScript?

Back in 2016, Nolan Lawson ignited a bit of web controversy when, during a talk at the Fronteers Conference in Amsterdam, he suggested that it's okay to build a website that doesn't work without JavaScript, and then followed up with a blog post in which he argued that narrow interpretation of progressive enhancement – start with HTML, then add CSS, then add JavaScript – doesn't really make a lot of sense.

So, given that nearly everyone has a JavaScript-enabled browser what with it being 2018 and everything, is it okay to build sites that don't work without it? We asked our panel of experts.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.