5 tips for creating simpler and speedier websites

There has never been a better time to be a frontend developer. HTML5 and CSS3 have allowed us the flexibility to design user interfaces consistently across a wide variety of platforms, whilst JavaScript has been elevated from a scrappy scripting language into a fully fledged programming language with its own ecosystem, development environments and developer community. We are now equipped to do battle with native apps – indeed, the line between what's native and what's not blurs ever more with each browser iteration.

In our quest to become fast-yet-full-featured, I feel we're missing some tricks. How often have you added a library to your frontend code? And then added a framework? Maybe a selection of plugins. A dash of responsive grid. Some shims and polyfills. And finally a sprinkling of images?

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