The internet is a giant web of interconnected websites. With its freedom of speech, it is probably one of humanity’s most impressive inventions. At least as we build it the right way. However, its growing footprint might tell us otherwise. Why not start today in making it greener? Enter the #LetsGreenTheWeb campaign from ClimateAction.tech.Continue reading “We can make the web greener, together”
For the most of us it comes as a surprise: our digital activities have a carbon footprint. It is significant and growing rapidly, especially during a pandemic where we are obliged to communicate much more through the internet. It comes from different sources, but it is hard to measure what the actual footprint is. Fortunately, we have tools to measure the carbon footprint of websites.Continue reading “How to measure the carbon footprint of a web page”
It was a sad day today in Belgium. Not only because of the weather, we are used to that. It was also Grey Day. February 5 was the hypothetical day when our renewable energy ran out for 2020.Continue reading “The day our renewable energy ran out”
A minimal website can look dull. A website that loads in only about 20-30 kb, like this one, maybe does. But it doesn’t need to. There are different ways you can make a lightweight website look beautiful and give a delightful experience for the visitor. Let’s look at some ideas to design a beautiful website with a minimal environmental footprint.Continue reading “Making a web page light and delightful”
Animated GIFs are very popular. They are often used in social media to display emotions, to surprise and to make people laugh. And I have to admit, they are funny sometimes. Nonetheless, emoji might be better to communicate and also for our environment. 🌍Continue reading “A GIF is not the best gift 🎁”
When you visit a web page, your browser will ask the server to send the data it needs to build that page. The browser will then build the page with the received data, but maybe not completely from scratch. If you have visited that page before, the browser might have some parts of the page saved (or cached) on your computer. It will, however, always ask the server for some of the data.
What if we could tell the browser not to contact the server if the content has not changed? Well, we can: enter service workers. And they can even do much more than that.Continue reading “Don’t go back and forth: using service workers to reduce your website’s footprint”