There are several reasons why this website looks and operates the way it does.
Firstly is simply an emotional call back to a simpler era of the Internet. No scripting, no images - no worries! The written word has to carry the site, not some flashy interface. Words are all I have to make my case.
Having a simple site like this has several advantages.
While this site is hand coded in GNU Nano, any plain text editor will do the job equally as well. If I am stuck on a Windows based computer I will use Notepad++ to gain some of the advantages of the word look up-suggestion feature. With no dependence on complex software I am free to move around to the most relevant software and computer system I can find. This means the site is merely a series of HTML files, this allows me to move it to any server platform available - there is no content management system or scripting to add complexity. It the server can serve files then this site will work without systemic faults.
Another advantage of this is the screen readers have absolutely no problem with finding the relevant text. There are no frames of scripts to obscure various elements. Open up any file you get form this site in an editor and you will not find anything obscure or highly technical. The site uses about a dozen plain HTML functions, most of them relate to text and link properties.
Up until July 2019 this site was running free of HTTPS certification and was running a seperate email server. I have since moved the site over to Github for two reasons. Firstly, to have the hosting on a major website like Github will ensure a long term future as the previous hosting solution had been abandoned in terms of development and eventually support. Secondly, the added use of HTTPS certificates. While supporting older browsers is important, having a potential middle man mess with this website during transmission is something I did not want to be openned up to. Many ISP's have started to do this. HTTPS will at least minimise the chance of this ever happening.
While it would be nice to have a content management system for this site, I just do not find it necessary. Programs like WordPress while impressive do not always play nice with every system. We have become some what complacent and yet demanding in what we want our computers to do, especially on the Internet, and the more software based structure we implement the more chance it has for failure. I have already moved this site across to a new server once and it took less that 5 minutes, to do. Minimal technology, minimal problems.
Some times you just have to let the words do all the talking.
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