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Website redesign

Minutes to Midnight’s new redesigned website is easier to navigate and straight to the point. Built with Jekyll, Github and Netlify.

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While the recent versions had been running on WordPress, it’s now switched to JAMstack. All code is handwritten.

Decentralized conversations

The website is now part of Indieweb, therefore it’s capable of sending and receiving webmentions, a web standard for replying, liking and reposting other people’s posts on their websites.

Small web

Most websites today are built like commercial products by professionals and marketers, optimised to draw the largest audience, generate engagement and ‘convert’. But there is also a smaller, less-visible web designed by regular people to simply to share their interests and hobbies with the world. A web that is unpolished, often quirky but often also fun, creative and interesting. Parimal Satyal

Sustainability and performance

The fight against a bloated web is a crusade I’ve been part of for a long time. See this digest from Silvia Maggi about the book Webwaste. Minutes to Midnight’s previous website weighted around 730 MB, while it’s now shrunk to 26 MB.

The homepage is 56 KB uncompressed and loads in less than half a second.


Besides being fully validated, the site doesn’t have Javascript functionality preventing a page to be fully visible at any time. Nothing in the website depends on it. The dynamic search engine has an HTML alternative provided in the same page and the other script is processing webmentions. The website is fully accessible with Javascript turned off.

Tracking and surveillance

No cookies, no analytics, no tracking people.

A full case study is on my development website →

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