Don Bisdorf

Do Not Adjust Your Set

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On the remote chance that anyone is checking my web site regularly and wondering what happened to it today: it's not broken.

Laptop displaying computer code.

Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels

I've been seeing discussions for quite a while now about web site bloat. In brief: many web sites are far more cumbersome and complicated than they need to be. You don't need a few megabytes of Javascript to make your web site pretty or responsive or adaptive. Much of the time, plain old HTML will get you what you need, without wasting bandwidth or CPU time. Avoiding bloat makes your web site more acccessible to a wider variety of browsers and platforms, and makes it more ecologically friendly to boot (less transmission and processing means lower power usage).

In my case, moving back to a purer HTML approach was as simple as switching to the Hypertext Grav theme. I lost a little graphical flair, but my content is all still here, and I still get to use Grav's authoring and monitoring tools.

So now I have a leaner, swifter underused blog.

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