A Simpler Web

created Jul 12, 2017 - updated Aug 9, 2018

I prefer websites that are built with simple HTML, minimal CSS, and no JavaScript for read-only web experiences.

If I log into a web site (app) that permits me to conduct private work on my dashboard or admin console, then I'm fine with the site using JavaScript. My little web browser editor called Tanager relies on JavaScript.

Simple web reading tools:

Designers who seem to advocate for simple, useful web design:

In my opinion, these are well-designed web pages that are simple and fast-loading. These pages focus on the content. The content is the interface. The content leads design.

Jul 27, 2018 thoughts

Still spitballing.

A simpler web, however, could still have a lot of moving parts. The key would be to choose what's useful.

Potentially would need login accounts at:

  1. domain name registar
  2. web hosting company
  3. personal website
  4. email account
  5. email subscription provider
  6. web-based feed reader app

Items 2 and 3 would be the same account if using a CMS-hosted solution to manage a website, such as Svbtle, WordPress.com, and Blogger.com. Since I use a server-hosted solution that requires me to install a web server, publishing software, etc. (the admin tax), then I need an additional login mechanism to create and update content at my site.

The bare minimum for me would require the first four. Offering an email subscription service to send email newsletters and using a web-based feed reader are optional.

It's possible, however, that domain name management can be managed by the web-hosting company, regardless if it's a CMS-hosted or a server-hosted solution.

I think that I can transfer a domain name that I registered elsewhere to my web hosting company. That reduces the number accounts by one.

I might be able to reduce the number of login accounts required to three. I use a server-hosted solution.

If an author chooses a CMS-hosted solution, such as WordPress.com, then the author may only need two login accounts.

Obviously, my personal website is sawv.org.

I offer RSS, JSON, and h-feed feeds.

Occasionally, not every day, I use web-based feed reader The Old Reader.

I display an email address.

I accept webmentions.

I have a favorites/bookmarks page. I mainly visit websites not via a feed reader and not via the favs page but by typing the URLs of the websites into the browser's URL window. I remember the URLs of most of the websites that I like to follow. Many of the bloggers who I visit don't post every day. I visit when I have a moment, and it all works fine.

The IndieWeb started a webring in June 2018. I used IndieAuth to log into the IndieWeb webring start page, and then I added their HTML code to the bottom of my homepage on Jul 25, 2018.

I have tested using TinyLetter to provide an email subscription service to others. Maybe I'll do this for family, since I don't use social media. I could send out a weekly or bi-weekly email digest that contains links to my posts that my family may find interesting. These simple, boring posts could be about our happenings, including how my produce garden is doing and photos of our dog Barney. This seems like a Slow Web movement idea.

"I miss blogrolls (iwantmyname.com)"



HN comment:

For what it's worth, here's my take: turning off social media is far and away more "zen" than having it, no matter how infrequently you use it. Being unplugged from that culture has helped me spend more time thinking about and doing things that have lasting impact on my life. Like learning and building. In my experience, caring about staying up to date on pop culture keeps people from actually doing things they say they want to do.