If you’ve ever looked at search engines, you’re likely not going to give Firefox that much regard. After all, Apple users have Safari, and majority of web users turn to Google, anyway. However, if you’re one for experimentation, you’ve likely understood that Firefox does have its merits – especially for those who want a change of pace from Google and other mainstream browsers. Now, Firefox is on a roll as its new web components feature can actually make it easier for creators to make their own websites.
In this proverbial “flipping of switches,” Mozilla Firefox has now made it much easier for those interested in creating their own websites to make their wishes come true. Their new “web components” friendly technology now allows programmers to use things such as web components in order to create more pleasant and convenient website experiences for Firefox users. This is Mozilla’s push towards quicker improvements, faster loading, and fewer problems.
Apple’s Safari followed suit in the process back in 2016 and 2017, while Microsoft also gave users the promise that it will add such a system to its Edge browser.
Mozilla’s Mark Mayo said the addition of web components will make it much easier for Firefox users to see faster and better web pages throughout their stay. Interestingly, Mozilla also has an upcoming wave of developer-focused improvements this 2018, which is Mozilla trying its best to push yet again its fruitful relationship with web developers who did a great deal to help Mozilla rise to fame even decades back.
Web Components: What Are They?
Interestingly, Chrome (Google) already made the push on making web components even as early as 2012, although browser makers only really embraced two huge pieces of components, called Custom Elements and Shadow DOM. The latter allowed coders to be able to perform isolations of code chunks so they don’t get to disturb other parts of the website software. Meanwhile, Custom Elements allowed coders to make the foundations of their own custom websites.
Firefox back then just supported Custom Elements, but its Shadow DOM support followed suits.
Basic websites may not find much benefit from web components, but more advanced websites can take advantage of their offerings and make more pleasurable experiences for users. Big sites such as YouTube can make use of these offerings and make their sites more sophisticated and advanced, and big websites may be slow, limited, and clunky with the lack of such an infrastructure.
Web components will fully allow developers to create solid foundations of new sites and reuse them at will, without ever worrying if they’ll cease from working or if the browser will inevitably cause you problems from using these “templates” to your sites.
For instance, website tabs exist to usually differentiate sections with key visual differences. Web components can make it much easier for developers to be able to do these, and use these kinds of infrastructure to other projects. They even have options to copy from sites that have already had these figured out.
Web components also greatly help things called “frameworks,” which are pre-written software that’s widely used by programmers today. Frameworks is similar to Google’s Angular or Facebook’s React, wherein it’s used to make websites. However, Frameworks appear to give easier options for users as unlike the other two, Frameworks allow users to use parts of their framework to other sites.
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