Alternative Ways to Offer Content over the Internet

created Apr 5, 2019

Instead of viewing content over the "normal" or surface web, other options exist with some not using the web.

Most of these experiments are more silly than useful.

The info below contains my posts and URLs.

Markdown text content

Markdown-only Web Browser

Instead of creating HTML pages, websites would create plain text files that use simple Markdown formatting. A web browser would fetch the Markdown pages, and render them for display.

At the moment, I do not have a standalone, native, desktop browser app that does the above. I'm relying on web browser extensions.

.onion website, accessed over Tor

Installing thttpd and Tor to create a .onion website


The above .onion site runs on my old Linux desktop computer, located in our home. I don't have the computer running all of the time. I need to host my .onion site on an always-on Raspberry Pi.

Gopher protocol


The Lynx web browser and the cURL command-line tool support the gopher protocol.


telnet 51515

I created a tiny server to display some content.

Weather info from my flash briefing file can be viewed at the above server.

Also, a few of my web posts can be read at the above server too.

If this was real, I would create the content on a local computer and FTP up to the server.

I'm using Redis because I wanted to play around with Redis. I don't really need to store my content within Redis. I could manage everything with files on the file system.

I'll continue to work on the server that I call Towhee.

Email newsletter

Recently, I began experimenting with this program. Newsletter As A Service

Subscribing to the newsletter is done over the web with a form. I don't think that Buttondown provides a way to subscribe via email.


RSS, Atom, JSON, or h-feed feeds.

Publish the entire article in the feed. At the moment, I don't do that. I only display titles and/or some intro text.

It would be interesting if a so-called website contained one HTML page, the homepage, which offered only two lines of content, and both lines were links.

Users could read the author's content via the email newsletter and/or the feed within a feed reader.

Owning (leasing) a unique domain name and using a server-hosted solution, such as Digital Ocean or AWS, permits using multiple protocols over the internet, such as web, gopher, email, and telnet.

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