Why I Moved Off Dev.to
7 reactions 2022-06-01
Dev.to still has the widest readership, which is great for beginners. But the experience has stagnated since the big move to Forem (which it now actively promotes via a popup on mobile).
The brutalist design of Dev.to was appealing in 2017-2020, but now feels a little dated. It has received no updates and I felt like I wanted to see if I could offer my readers something better.
The editor is just raw markdown in a text box, and though I like markdown, I like the niceties of using keyboard shortcuts to add links or bold/italicize text. Also paste-to-unfurl would be nice, but the shortcode syntax required too much customization when I should simply be able to paste in a url (this would also degrade more gracefully)
dev.to is famously notable for their speed so i tossed it into pagespeed insights and was surprised to find a bad score. its probably because of the media heavy nature of the blogpost i picked so not a big deal
However, webpagetest complained a lot less
my swyxkit-based mirror page showed marginally better performance, with the js weight hurting because of the youtube embed.