This is probably one of the coolest articles I have read in a long time. “Hunting the Nearly-Invisible Personal Website” is absolutely worth a read!
I found this article using the “forum animal” “Hacker News” and it’s funny to see my blogroll linked in the article.
The personal website is a somewhat mysterious animal that lives mostly unobserved in the jungle of the Internet. A few inexperienced Internet users who live completely within the golden-walled gardens of Facebook and Google may not even be aware of the species' existence.
Max Böck created a nice site featuring “whimsical websites”. Websites that have special features and “spark joy”. A nice idea. 👍
Congratulations! It is exciting to see that some people run websites that are (almost) as old as I am. In 2000 I was just one year old. What will the Internet look like in another 20 years?
I don’t really like the language of this website (it would also have been possible to communicate the content in more civilised language), but I agree with the content:
You keep forgetting. Let me describe the perfect-ass website:
Shit’s lightweight and loads fast. Fits on all your shitty screens. Looks the same in all your shitty browsers. Accessible to every asshole that visits your site. Shit’s legible and gets the fucking point across (if you had one instead of just a 5MB background video of hipsters poking at their iPhones).
Kevin Galligan wrote a metronome with HTML, CSS and JS, which has a total size of less than 1 KB. Because the existing ones were as large as 11 MB without more functionality. In the accompanying blog post he rants about the modern web (with data-based proofs) and explains how he achieved to make the metronome app as small as 1 KB.
The overweight web also has an environmental impact.
Kev Quirk started a series of articles on how to handcraft a basic little website. It is always better to self-host a simple website, e.g. with links to contact options, than using services (and silos) like All My Links. His example (with instructions) is available on MyLight.Website. The series isn’t complete yet, but it will probably be useful for everyone looking to create a website with just HTML and CSS, which looks good though.