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Help local customers reconnect with your store

September 23rd, 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, people have built new habits and ways of managing their “new normal.” People and businesses have leaned into the digital world; in the last six months, we’ve experienced 10 years’ worth of change. With these changes, we are more committed than ever to helping businesses reopen and recover. As…

Create compelling Web Stories on WordPress

September 22nd, 2020

Web Stories bring a familiar full-screen, tappable story format to the wide audience of the web. Now it’s even easier for creators to create and publish Web Stories with the new Web Stories for WordPress plugin. We introduced the beta version of the plugin earlier this year, and after  incorporating your feedback and adding features,…

Web Creator Spotlight – Coley Gaffney

September 22nd, 2020

Think of a job in the food business and Nicole Gaffney—a.k.a. Coley—has likely had it. Since dropping her 9-5 job in 2010 and beginning a catering business, she’s been a contestant on “Master Chef,” opened her own smoothie and acai shop, Soulberri, in her hometown of Brigantine, NJ and even published her cookbook, “The Art…

11 questions with web creator Hetal Vasavada

September 22nd, 2020

Hetal Vasavada of Milk & Cardamom is a New Jersey native who bakes and blogs from her adopted home of San Francisco, CA. Her cookbooks have been reviewed by The Washington Post andThe New York Times, among others, and she’s even been a contestant on “Masterchef USA.” Before you say wow, consider the fact that…

Accessible Web Animation: The WCAG on Animation Explained

September 22nd, 2020

It’s true, web animation can be accessible! Sometimes it just takes a little extra effort to make sure that it is. There are strategic things we can do to make sure our animations have a positive impact on accessibility, like planning how they contribute to the overall UX and ease of use of our site….

Introducing the New JSX Transform in React

September 21st, 2020

Although React 17 doesn’t contain new features, it will provide support for a new version of the JSX transform. In this post, we will describe what it is and how to try it. What’s a JSX Transform? Browsers don’t understand JSX out of the box, so most React users rely on a compiler like Babel…

Thinking About Power Usage and Websites

September 21st, 2020

Gerry McGovern asked if I had any insight into energy consumption and websites. He has a book, after all, about the digital costs on the planet. He was wondering about the specifics of web tech, like… <blockquote\>If you do this in HTML it will consume 3× energy but if you do it in JavaScript it…

Our work to move data portability forward

September 21st, 2020

Google and the Data Transfer Project recently submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about data portability. Ahead of tomorrow’s “Data To Go” workshop with the FTC, we’re sharing an overview of our work along with some updates. When it’s easy for people to move their data to compete with products, the pressure is…

Pre-Caching Image with React Suspense

September 21st, 2020

Suspense is an exciting, upcoming feature of React that will enable developers to easily allow their components to delay rendering until they’re “ready,” leading to much smoother user experience. “Ready,” in this context, can mean a number of things. For example, your data loading utility can tie into Suspense, allowing for consistent loading states to…

World Tourism Day: How digital skills can support recovery

September 21st, 2020

After months of isolation, while living in quarantine, travel is the leisure activity that I miss the most. And I’m not alone. Our research, conducted with the Boston Consulting Group, shows that 31 percent of people hope to plan leisure travel once they feel safe enough to do so. World Tourism day is coming up…