net April 2019 Issue 317

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Published 21st February

For anyone who might have missed the memo – not to mention a decade of chin-stroking think pieces – mobile is the future of web design. According to figures compiled by Statista, the statistics portal, the proportion of global web pages served on a mobile topped 50 per cent for the first time in 2017, rising to 52.2 per cent last year. Unless you want to miss out on more than half of the world’s browsers, it’s pretty clear mobile has to be a priority.

However, with the mobile web evolving at breakneck speed, it’s not always easy to know where you should focus your efforts. Fortunately, we’re on hand to help: Nick Babich has laid down the golden rules for future proofing your mobile site designs.

And with greater disparities emerging between those on flagship handsets and budget bricks, eking out the best performance for all is becoming critical. To help give you the edge, Addy Osmani is here to show you how to split code and lazy-load JavaScript as and when it’s needed. But the great advice and insight doesn’t stop there: our tutorial on slimming down images for the web will help you trim the fat off your jpegs and pngs without sacrificing even a little in terms of quality.

Enjoy the issue!