Thoughts on Chris Coyier’s Answers to Questions About Web Design
Chris Coyier, always the concise blogger, offered a list of “no-nuance” answers to common web design questions. In the spirit of no-nuance, I agree with his answers!
But if I didn’t and cared to quibble with a few, just for fun here are a few of my added comments:
What font-family should I use?
font-family: system-ui, sans-serif;
This is fine and dandy for demos and simple websites, and if you’re starting out in the field, just do it. But for most real-world production projects, going with OS defaults is not going to help your design stand out (unless you’re intentionally trying to build a “native-feeling” app), and some differences across platforms may not be visually acceptable.
What framework should I use?
Probably a good default choice these days, but for static sites I also have a lot of admiration for Eleventy (especially with WebC), and of course I’m personally partial to Bridgetown which I use for everything now (including this blog).
What web host should I use?
Use a host with a free plan at first, like Netlify .
I agree with the firstpart, but I hesitate to suggest Netlify as a go-to. I have a variety of bones to pick with Netlify —not the least of which is their backend deployment story is far too hype-driven (serverless/edge-only) and doesn’t support most fullstack frameworks. For a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) host that—like Netlify —is easy to use and free for static sites, as well as supports many frameworks in languages such as Rust, Ruby , Python , PHP , Elixir , JS runtimes other than serverless, etc.—or virtually anything if you want to reach for Docker —I highly recommend Render .
OK, that’s it. Sorry for the additional nuance! 😂