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4:12 pm on Aug 9, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Will web developers still have to worry about the speed of the websites they create?
Even if users access a website with a PC rather than a phone? And how long will the MAJORITY of web traffic be with 5G?

I have no computer skills. So sorry if my questions are naive!

 Following the advice given on this forum a few years ago, I learned to code my static web sites by hand (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScrip).

One of the reasons I'm doing this is that my websites are faster and that gives me an edge in Google. Obviously their design is also more personalized and they are safer than if they were made with Wordpress.

I want to create two other static websites and I wonder if it is still relevant to make the effort to code them by hand?

An engineer told me that the concern for speed in the development of websites would become obsolete in a very short time. True or false?

Thank you very much in advance! :)
4:51 pm on Aug 9, 2019 (gmt 0)

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False.
I had my first modem in 1991: a 2,4 Kb/s, and now in my house I have a 600 Mb/s broadband connection, but I still can see websites taking ages to load, and even some times I must leave websites that do not load at all.

I have a connection 40.000 times faster and proper design is essential and ever will be.

Maybe your friendly engineer is too much young.
5:38 pm on Aug 9, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I'd agree with Lexur, it's false, there is a need for speed, but I think your "engineer" misunderstands. The connection speed with 5G will be fast, but, if the website is slow, that will be the weak link.

Whatever method you use, always build sites that load fast.
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Thanks a lot for your answers Lexur and Engine.

But I'm not sure I understand. :) So even if the connection is 10 times faster, the website could load slowly if it is badly built?

For example a website made with Wordpress and too many plugins that conflict with each other?
10:15 am on Aug 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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An engineer told me that the concern for speed in the development of websites would become obsolete in a very short time.

Sounds like a lazy guy ...

Cars are being more secure over the time, so you no longer need to be careful when you drive ...
12:59 pm on Aug 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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For example a website made with Wordpress and too many plugins that conflict with each other?
WordPress sites start with some speed disadvantages built in such as resource overhead and remote resources - and can be very easily made worse by the addition of "too many plugins". You should not use one plugin more than what is required for your site. Never use a plugin that conflicts with other plugins. I do not know how a plugin that conflicts with other plugins would be available from the WP plugins repository which is the only place to get reliable plugins. Verify your plugins, check for plugin vulnerabilities [wpvulndb.com] and keep your plugins up to date.

WP is as good or as bad as it can be, depending on what is done after the install. ;)

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Thank you very much for all of your responses.

Personally, I make information websites (in French) on which I place affiliate links. So it's not about websites that pose very sophisticated development issues. I code my sites by hand (HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript) and I like to code by hand. (Actually, I do not know anything about CMS like Wordpress or frameworks like Bootstrap)

One of the reasons I handcode is that my sites are faster than the competition.

But this engineer told me that I was crazy to waste my time coding by hand because the arrival of the 5G would make this concern for speed completely outdated.

So I like your answers even if I do not fully understand them ;) Because you strengthen me in my decision to continue coding by hand and to worry about the speed of my websites (lean code, good DNS hosting, good web hosting, VPN, etc.) :)
3:45 pm on Aug 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Excellent decision in my book. There will always be people trying to sell answers to questions that have not been asked (or needed asking).

I work with both handcoded html/css/js and WP sites. The WP sites take more time and upkeep. I have far more control over speed on html sites than on WP but for some types of sites, WP is worth the extra work. So as usual, it all depends...
2:10 pm on Aug 12, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Speed will always be relative. It will come down to how fast you're site loads on any given connection. It's still going to be wise to keep pages as lean as possible. A site that is slow now compared to other sites will still be slower than other sites if they are accessed over a 5g connection.

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When you browse a website on your phone with wifi, do you notice slow websites? You should be able to ping your router at 1 millisecond. 5g is "faster" because instead of communicating with a tower a block away at 20 milliseconds, there are towers everywhere and you can ping them at 1 millisecond. There are also nee frequency bands to help with all of the additional towers. If theres something im missing here...
2:25 am on Aug 13, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I understand better now. And I like your answers. LOL Thanks!
2:33 am on Aug 13, 2019 (gmt 0)

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While basic speed will increase for many, it will NOT increase for all the rest. Always code clean, light, fast, and to the point. FASTEST will always beat FAST and both beat "Good Enough" ...

Code to be Formula One, not a Chevy on two lane blacktop.

Or ... A Fast Site means the webmaster is in complete control and knows what to do for best results. Not speaking ill of WP, but that's "consumer grade" web coding and most times the webmaster has no clue how it even works!
 

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