Harry Cresswell

Greetings 👋

I’m Harry, a front-end developer from sunny London, England. Honestly, it’s not as wet here as you think. ☔️

Doing my bit to make the web a better place – building simple, fast, accessible websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

I’m currently working on a course about building websites with Hugo and sharing the process in public

🧗‍♀️Climbing and 👨‍🔬fermenting things in my free time.
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Harry's Collections

My 2021 Highlights

6 Highlights

Blog posts

1 Highlight

Newsletters

1 Highlight

2022

Jan 24, 2022
Jan 24, 2022
Updated a website
Video content on roofsimple.com is now lazy-loaded using facades, rather than rending iFrames directly, on page load.

If you’re new to all this, facades are just a fancy name for a static image that looks similar to the actual embedded video. Video is expensive in terms of performance, so it makes far more sense to render a static image on page load, then swap out the image for the iFrame, when a visitor clicks the play button. A simple but effective way to improve speed and user experience.

If you use a lot of video on your websites, the performance gains from such a simple enhancement make it well worth looking into. For more on the various techniques I recommend checking out Lazy load third-party resources with facades from web.dev. 

2021

Dec 31, 2021
Dec 31, 2021
Year in review
What I’ve been up to over the past 12 months – what went well, what didn’t go well and what I learnt by living through it.

https://harrycresswell.com/writing/2021-review/
Dec 16, 2021
Dec 16, 2021
Added new feature
Noba International now supports German language!

Made possible by Hugo’s super slick multilingual mode


Dec 07, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Creating a course
I’ve started working on a course about building resilient websites with Hugo and the Jamstack.

https://practicalhugo.com/

It’s early days, but if it sounds interesting to you then you can follow my progress via daily updates.
Dec 06, 2021
Dec 06, 2021
Added new feature
I’ve added an updates page to my website so I can share short-form posts about what I’m currently working on and how I’m going about it.

My aim is to get out of the habit of endlessly editing and polishing content before I hit publish and into the habit of sharing more often.
https://harrycresswell.com/updates/sharing-more/
Nov 26, 2021
Nov 26, 2021
Published a newsletter
A few things that caught my attention over the month of November. 

From a wonderful quote by artist Michelangelo to how to use CSS relative colors. 

Oh... and some excellent resources for sustainable web design.


https://harrycresswell.com/newsletter/180/
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