Weekly Musings 123

Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

After last week's edition hit the inboxes, a few of the fives who subscribe to Weekly Musings got in touch asking if I was planning on pulling the plug on the letter. No such luck. You're stuck with me for a while longer.

This time 'round, I'm going back to a topic that I looked at a some time ago. It's a topic I've been mentioning in a few recent letters so I thought it was high time to give it another look.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's musing.

On the DIY Web, Redux

Over the years, the web has gotten big. And it's just getting bigger. Not just in number of sites (which is in the 1.8 billion range), but also in the sizes of many of those sites.

A lot of that bulk comes from people using database-backed content management systems and web frameworks to build their sites. And I'm not just talking about business or ecommerce sites, either. People construct their personal sites using platforms like WordPress. They're building sites which, for the most part, really don't need all that power and leverage.

There's a lot of waste online. It's waste that really doesn't need to exist.

But it doesn't need to be that way. An idea that's been floating around for a while online is that the web can be smaller again. Maybe not all of it, but definitely the personal portion of the web. Some people call that the smallnet or the small web. I've taken to calling it the DIY web. It's a web that's handcrafted using HTML or with software or services that churn out simple, functional pages or sites.

No matter what tag you slap on that idea, I believe that it can make the web a somewhat better, a somewhat friendlier place, definitely a more compact place.

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