The internet really had a good chance to be something awesome. The internet in its early stages was very open, and offered to it's users exactly what it was designed to do, information and connections with others. Most pages were pure HTML and CSS, and you could actually find what you were looking for. A stark contrast to today's modals, drop-down menus, and pop-ups. This is exactly as far as the internet needed to go in terms of web pages. Easily accessible information for anyone with an internet connection. Unfortunately, businesses and large centralized organizations saw the rate at which the internet was gaining popularity and the focus from communities and information quickly shifted to profits and greed. We all know that if money can be extracted from something, people can and will find a way to replace awesome with profit. Now, we are left with a disaster of a system that not only draws a shitload of electricity (which wouldn't be such a problem if we had more green energy), but also is blatantly abused by large corporations and governments, which siphon copious amounts of data from their users. This data is often taken without most peoples knowledge, and you are almost always opted-in to the data collection by default (though their lawyers will argue, that the single line in their terms of service is good enough).
Businesses compete with each other over who can produce the most 'modern' looking UI, recruiting more and more web developers. The bundle size of the website inflates, and you eventually end up with a 3.5 second load time for features the end user will never use. Small businesses and startups see these large companies creating over featured websites and think they need to do it as well. Now your grandmother's bakery want's a SPA built in React with Redux state management, because "everyone else has a super over developed website, how will I compete?" - some bakery owning 88 year old woman in Utah. For gods sake, I just want to read today's news, or read some documentation! Sites like Stack Overflow wouldn't be nearly as popular in terms of clicks if sites on the internet returned to the simple and accessible ways of the past.
The internet is steaming pile at the moment, which we've established already. Most users are funneled through a few domains (Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, etc). Which is exactly why solution to the problem is for everyone to construct their own platform instead of relying on the platforms of large centralized organizations. It doesn't take much to setup your own site, and you can do absolutely anything with it. Blog, git, portfolio, resume, the list goes on. Do your part in reclaiming the internet for the average person. Stop greedy businesses and power hungry governments from abusing your rights, make your platform.
If you're not too sure you want to front the learning and monetary costs of a website, you can always choose to use a free and open source(FOSS) alternative to sites and applications you use. Since FOSS software can be audited, you as a consumer of the software can 100% make sure that the software is not in any violations of your rights. Most FOSS software is maintained by communities which makes it a triumphant move for people who are interested in breaking away from the centralized software world.
Simplicity is beauty. Keep it simple, especially if you're planning to be the only maintainer of the site. Remember, the closer to plain HTML you get, the leaner and meaner your site will be.
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