Facebook?

Gaucho in the snow

Nah, just me. ;-)

Why should I need Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn or anything alike having my own web site?  And what about you?

Like most informed modern people you surely know that some years ago a teenager became millionaire by “creating” the so called Social Network Service, where you can publish content and be contacted.  Tell me, what do you think decades ago web and email servers were invented for?  To bake pizza?

If an Internet connection is affordable to you then buying your own domain name and renting a web hosting service are affordable to you as well.  It's not expensive at all.  There you can publish what you want, how much you want, in the way and fashion you want.  And to be contacted you have, generally included in the same hosting price, your own email addresses.

Finally, if starting with a single personal web page (i.e. picture + curriculum) using some of the hundred of WYSIWYG editors you have out there takes you more than twenty minutes is because you're not really interested.  That's exactly what it took me years ago, being still a total ignorant in the matter, to write and upload my first web site using the old Netscape browser's composer (currently SeaMonkey.)  There are hundred of editors alike, where editing a web page is as simple as editing a letter on any word processor.  However, while this kind of applications are well suited for the case I'm describing (a simple starting novice web site) they're not recommended for rich functional or stylish sites, in this case you should think about getting professional help.  Take in care that most of the functionality you see lately included in web sites does nothing really useful but eating resources (RAM, CPU, bandwidth,) slowing down page loading and, if that weren't enough, adding security issues.  You may ask why everybody does that, well, you know how people are, instead of pondering whys and wherefores and choose the best deal according to their own conclusions they limit themselves to follow the cattle.  Against logic they don't look for originality for their personal web sites, on the contrary, they're very afraid of being judged wrong by others if it looks different in any way or lacks any of the useless trendy features included by the rest.  By other hand, most of those who sell web pages design and programming are barely more skilled than final users, they just use a bit more complex WYSIWYG applications.  That's why you see the world wide web populated by clones, bloated with garbage code inside.

So, please, help improve the world (or at least to slow down its decline): be yourself.

- Walter -





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