Digital Trends: The best website builders. “We’ve put together a regularly updated list of our favorite website builders to walk you through finding the right one. Keep in mind nearly every free website builder on our list also offers a set of premium packages, many of which include expanded storage and bandwidth, as well as features often lacking from their freemium counterparts. The premium plans also remove unwanted ads on your page and the subdomain housed in your website URL, which is a must if you’re breaking into a professional field.”
Motherboard: This Solar-Powered, ‘Low Tech’ Website Goes Offline When It’s Cloudy. “It’s not just Motherboard; every website and product connected to the internet would not be able to exist without a vast network of wireless routers, fiber optic cables running underground and underwater, and data centers that house the servers which bring the internet to life. Data centers in the US alone eat up 70 billion kilowatts of energy per year, according to a 2016 estimate from the Department of Energy—that’s 1.8 percent of all energy use across the country. The internet is not ethereal, and a new project from the blog Low-Tech Magazine aims to make that issue more tangible.”
Daily Beast: The Strange Disappearance of LGBT Content From Federal Websites. “One of the first things LGBT advocates noticed after the inauguration of Donald Trump was what happened to the White House’s LGBT rights website—namely, it vanished. That removal—as Snopes and other fact-checkers noted—was part of a more general archiving of material from the Obama White House. But it was telling still, as the Washington Post observed, that the incoming presidential administration ‘did not choose to include anything about the LGBT community’ on its new web presence.”
CNET: History Search remembers what’s on all those websites you visited so you can find it again. “The History Search extension indexes every website you visit and lets you search your history afterward. A free version keeps track of your 3,000 most recently visited pages, but paying $4 per month lifts that limit, developer Convergate said Tuesday.”
Digital Inspiration: The Best Places to Download HTML Templates for your Website. “Are you looking for responsive, beautiful and professional looking HTML templates for your next website but don’t have the budget? Well, here are a couple of free resources on the Internet where you can regularly find good templates for use in your web projects without restrictions.”
Threatpost: Open .Git Directories Leave 390K Websites Vulnerable. “A scan of more than 230 million web domains worldwide has uncovered 390,000 web pages with open .git directories – a worrying state of affairs that can expose a range of sensitive information.”
National Library of Medicine: Revealing Data: Why We Need Humans To Curate Web Collections . “In this Revealing Data series we explore data in historical medical collections, and how preserving this data helps to ensure that generations of researchers can reexamine it, reveal new stories, and make new discoveries. Future researchers will likely want to examine the data of the web archive collections, collected and preserved by libraries, archives, and others, using a wide range of approaches, to document unfolding events.” Good stuff from Alexander Nwala.