The Return of the 90s Web

In big cultural concepts like music or fashion, things have a way of coming around full circle. I'm pretty sure someday grunge will come back as a hot new sample, and at some point our kids might think frosted hair tips are totally cool.

When I look at some of the trends on the web today, I wonder if we’re at that point yet. I wonder if we’re ready to revisit some of the ideas of the early web again.

Probably not in design - I’m afraid dancing-baby.gif is gone for good. But some of the broader ideas from back then are picking up a second wind lately, and I like it.

# Serverside Rendering

After spending the better part of the last decade shifting rendering logic to the client, it looks like the pendulum is about to swing into the other direction again.

With projects like Phoenix Liveview or hey.com’s recent “it’s-just-HTML” approach, it seems like server-side rendering (SSR) is stepping back into the spotlight.

It makes sense - servers are really good at this, and sending compressed HTML through the network can be lightning fast. The classic request-response cycle has evolved as well: HTTP/2 and smart techniques like Turbolinks or just-in-time preloading allow for a much better experience now than when you first tried to load that Michael Jordan photo on the Space Jam website over dial-up.

Taking the responsibility of rendering UI and all the Javascript that comes with it off users’ shoulders would be a great old new strategy for the next generation of web apps.

# No-Code Tools

Frontpage and Dreamweaver were big in the 90s because of their “What You See Is What You Get” interface. People could set up a website without any coding skills, just by dragging boxes and typing text in them.

Of course they soon found that there was still source code underneath, you just didn’t see it. And most of the time, that source code was a big heap of auto-generated garbage - it ultimately failed to keep up with the requirements of the modern web.

the webflow interface, different design widgets and controls

Today our understanding of the web has improved, and so have our tools. Webflow is one of the contenders for the “no-code editor” trophy. The output it generates is far better.

These tools will probably not be a replacement for developers as a whole - complex projects still require tons of human brainpower to work. But for all the landing pages and marketing sites, this could be the holy grail of WYSIWYG we thought we had in the 90s.

# Personal Websites

It might just be my IndieWeb filter bubble talking, but I think there is a renewed interest in personal websites. A lot of big social media giants are falling out of favor, and it becomes cool again to own a space on the web rather than being one of a billion usernames.

Our digital identities are becoming increasingly more important, and people become aware that they’re not in control of their data. Personal sites were very popular in the era before Myspace and Facebook, and it’s now easier than ever to build one.

Services like Carrd offer a straightforward way to create simple one-pagers, and their numbers show a lot of interest:

Blogging is gaining popularity again as well, used as a tool for self-marketing or simply to express opinions. There are lots of good options for people who want to pick up blogging - either on their own sites or with platforms like micro.blog, that offer more independence than Medium & Co.

# Curated Feeds and Discovery

Another issue created by social media is the prevalence of “algorithmic feeds”. We decided that the constant stream of input for our eyeballs should never end, so we built these complex systems to generate new content for us based on our interests.

But these are giant black boxes, and nobody really knows what signals go into them. Throw advertising, “fake news” and a couple of trolls into the mix, and you get the mess we all know now.

That’s why many people crave a more controlled reading experience on their own terms. Chronological, personal, relevant - a bespoke magazine of trusted sources. A curated feed.

One way to achieve something like that is through plain ol’ boring RSS. One more thing that was said to be dead but is growing in popularity again:

Another possibility is to discover new content through human connections instead of algorithms. People we already know for their content recommend others in the same field, creating decentralized clusters of trusted information.

Website owners used to do this a lot in the days before search engines, by providing Blogroll Pages or forming Webrings with links to others in their cluster.

Webrings were a common way for people to connect their sites in the early web. To be a member of a webring, you had to embed a little widget on your site that contained a “forward”, a “backward”, and a “random” button. These buttons would then link to other sites in the ring.

BTW: If you want to host your own webring, I made this free Starter Kit for you.

Member of the An Example Webring webring

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# Smaller Communities and Web Monetization

Many independent creators are moving away from big “everyone’s on them” platforms back to private, more niche communities. New models for membership sites like Ghost’s “Members” feature enable creators to build communities on their content. People teach courses, self-publish books or provide APIs for specific topics.

Where the 90s had chatrooms and message boards, today there are tools like Discord or Twitch that help people with shared interests to connect with each other. These niche communities can then be a powerful userbase for independent businesses.

Of course the problem of monetization has existed from the very start of the web, and it’s still not easy today to earn money without splattering ads everywhere. But new standards like the Web Monetization API could be a very interesting solution, enabling creators to receive micro-payments for their content.

# Learning from the Past

I don’t know if all of these trends will really play out, or if we’re up for something completely different. I do think it’s a good idea to learn from the past though, because that is what keeps us moving forward.

So maybe the second 90s can be even better than the first. At least we’re done with NSYNC this time.

Webmentions

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  2. Juha Liikala
    This!👇 ”It might just be my IndieWeb filter bubble talking, but I think there is a renewed interest in personal websites. A lot of big social media giants are falling out of favor, and it becomes cool again to own a space on the web rather then being one of a billion usernames.”
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    I love this idea. There is so much missing from the twitter/Facebook/instagram internet that 99% of people interact with today.
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  29. Greg Albritton
    Great post! Appreciate your thoughts. Maybe BTS replaces NSYNC???
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  35. Malte Ubl
    This post makes some good observations. However, a server-side rendered email client sounds horrible. Email must work offline. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  36. Ashutosh
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  47. Alexandre Dieulot
    Thanks for your link to instant.page! A better term than “predictive preloading” is “just-in-time preloading”; predictive is the name usually used when you do complex stuff with analytics, like Guess.js does.
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    The 90s Web made me the Web lover and SEO I am today so I'm saving this for later.
  56. Gift Egwuenu #BlackLivesMatter
    I really like the webring idea.
  57. Andy Bell
    nodding to all of this, except frosted tips. They should *never* return
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  61. Cy Culpin
    The amount of cookie acceptance and popups you have to click through to get to a site these days reminds me of 90s splash pages. In lots of cases it would be easier to have it all in a single splash page and deal with it in one click :)
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  68. Lukasz Domanski
    ”I wonder if we’re ready to revisit some of the ideas of the early web again. Probably not in design - I’m afraid dancing-baby.gif is gone for good“ IMO, RSS prob won‘t make a comeback, but it‘s interesting how we went a full circle on some other stuff. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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    I hope it comes with the sneakers!
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  79. Khürt Williams
    "It might just be my IndieWeb filter bubble talking" <- It's mostly that. In the 1990s, I personally knew very few people who had a website. In 2020, I still know very few people who have a website.
  80. I really liked that post. Thanks a lot for sharing it.
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  84. Nicolas Debock
    super interresting point of view : the no code movement and server side rendering are a flashback to the 90's web. Add to this the meta app (from Wechat to @revolut in the finace vertical) which could be seen as good old "portals" mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  85. Mike Aparicio
    *Bruce Banner voice* “That’s my secret, Cap. I’m always making websites like it’s the 90s.”
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  87. Charles Hall
    personal websites still need to be easier. the current tools have a high barrier to entry. even for those of us that have designed and built the web since its inception.
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  91. Elixir & Phoenix Framework is in a sweetspot for "The Return of the 90s Web" by @mxbck With all the improvements since the 90s, it doesn't even feel old! LiveView can enrich the UX and provide real-time features with ease like never before. I like it! mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  92. Andreas Kapp
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  93. Sukirno Inox
    Yep, ini juga lagi bantuin ngembangin web pake angular, tp berharap bisa SSR juga. Masih belum nerapin Feed RSS. | The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  94. Mich is Me
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  95. John Siebenthaler
    lots to consider - #blogging stands out as a way to (re)engage with your audience... #webdev #PR #marketing
  96. Adam Ludwin
    excellent post
  97. Pat Hartl
    mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… You know what I love about this article? I've never liked SPA's. They great for things that are _actually_ applications like CodePen or Discord, but for regular websites? Keep it simple.
  98. ⭕ Bernie
    I actually just set up my RSS reader and dusted off my blog
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  100. I thought this post by @mxbck was really great. I see a lot of what he sees (and then some) and I absolutely love it. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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  104. Myles Younger
    1/ By @mxbck via @digg. Really good quick read. In my dynamic ads days, I engineered a lot (not 100%) of the rendering to happen server side for several reasons. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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    Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes. #frontend
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  123. Jan Ehrhardt
    I like @mxbck discovering good ideas from the past coming back. I hope this is not just his bubble 😂 mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  124. Jeffrey Horn
    I so badly want this to be true. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  125. january holmes
    Personal websites and blogs making a comeback? I'm all for welcoming the 90s back: mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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  127. sucrito sucas
    "A lot of big social media giants are falling out of favor, and it becomes cool again to own a space on the web rather then being one of a billion usernames." mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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  130. Gary Cotterell
    Interesting read Max. Food for thought.
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  134. Andy Yan
    The 90s....they were rad. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  135. Igor Fedyukin
    Веб возвращается в 90е - интересные тенденции. Индивеб и ССР :) mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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    ملخص جميل عن بعض مظاهر الويب في التسعينات وربما بداية الألفية وعودتها هذه الأيام. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  137. Kai 🚀
    Ох, какой hey.com быстрый. Приятно.
  138. Kiki
  139. Si Jobling
    Interesting observations of the Web coming full circle (not quite 90s but certainly 00s); something I've noticed recently is the return of personal websites/blogs, RSS feeds for consumption and smaller niche communities mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  140. Anne Barela
    In big cultural concepts like music or fashion, things have a way of coming around full circle. Max Böck is pretty sure someday grunge will come back as a hot new sample, and at some point kids might think frosted hair tips are totally cool. When I look at some of the trends on the web today, I wonder if we’re at that point yet. I wonder if we’re ready to revisit some of the ideas of the early web again. Probably not in design – I’m afraid dancing-baby.gif is gone for good. But some of the broader ideas from back then are picking up a second wind lately, and I like it. The changes include more server side rendering, no-code tools ala Frontpage and Dreamweaver, and personal websites independent from Medium, Blogger, etc.See the details in the post.Bonus: Here is the adafruit.com website from 2006, fetched from oldweb.today:
  141. Naomi²
    I like this article on some of the current trends on the web. Also because it means I might come back into fashion mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  142. Jason Morehead
    Personal websites? Curated feeds? RSS? I want to go to there.
  143. Ahmed Al Omran
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  144. Armor Nick
    We are "going back to the 90's web" except it's like we remember it, not as it actually was. Websites used to be crappy, slow and annoying. Nowadays, they are mostly clean and fast. Nostalgia is a strange thing. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  145. Eva Lettner
    OMG webrings! That was such a fun concept and I made loads of friends as an awkward teenager through webrings and the 'I'm a teen with a website' scene.
  146. Martin Hahn
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  147. Gerard van Enk
    Interessante vraag...zou het terugkeren van 'oude trends' zoals dat bijv in mode wel gebeurd ook bij webdevelopment gebeuren? Zou best kunnen, maar dan niet op 't gebied van design denk ik... mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  148. Sergi Muñoz
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  149. cirox
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  151. Mark Hardwick
    So maybe the second 90s can be even better than the first. At least we’re done with NSYNC this time. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  152. Régis Faubet
    Intéressant car il n'y est pas question de design, mais bien de pratiques et de technique. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  153. Guillaume Le Nistour
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  155. Say Wot
    This is good news.
  156. Sven Przepiorka
    Es ist spannend, wie sich das Web gerade entwickelt. Die einen jagen jedem neuen Trend hinterher. Und die anderen lassen sich von der Anfangszeit inspirieren. Ich gehöre definitiv zu letzteren ...
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    Great.
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    Возвращение веба из 90-х. Макс Бёк сравнивает современные подходы и тенденции с тем, что было на заре Интернета — mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
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  163. Serkan Bektaş 🚀
    90'lı yılların webine modern dokunuşlar
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    Smaller communities, personal websites, and server-side rendering. @mxbck is right - let's bring the 90s web back: mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  166. Margaritis Malioris
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… - ..maybe the second 90s can be even better than the first!
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    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… via @instapaper
  168. Matt Hill
    Not sure I fully agree, but in some ways this would be great if true: mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  169. Ron Brennan
    This makes a lot of sense. The gears are turning. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  170. Brian Rinaldi
    Interesting post by @mxbck that looks at trends in the web/web dev that hark back to what was popular in the 90s. For those who've been around since then, it's easy to argue that the web we created is not the web we'd imagined we were creating at the time. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  171. VisionSnap
    The Return of the 90s Web CSS Tricks mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  172. Carsten Bach
    I just shared this text with our team @figuren_theater and you all should read it, too. Thanks @mxbck mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  173. JAC Graphic & Web Design Dept
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  174. CFE.dev
    Great article!!! “I do think it’s a good idea to learn from the past though, because that is what keeps us moving forward”. Thoughts?
  175. Tobias Zeumer
    The Return of the 90s Web - mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  176. Malibu IT Labs
    The Return of the 90s Web: One of my forever-lessons here on CSS-Tricks is that having your own website and blogging on it is a good idea. It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, as it’s been a direct source of fun, career development… mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  177. Scott Gruber
    The Return of the 90s Web | Max Böck. Hand code your website and feel the HTML Energy (HT @htmlenergy). mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  178. Leo
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  179. Esther Schindler
    "In big cultural concepts like music or fashion, things have a way of coming around full circle." mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  180. \\ uto-usui //
    ウェブに2度目の90年代がやってきているムードを読み解くくらくら SSR / No-Code / Personal Websites / Curated Feeds / Smaller Communities mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  181. P-Product 💻🔶
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… In big cultural concepts like music or fashion, things have a way of coming around full circle. I'm sure someday grunge will come back as a hot new sample, and at some point our kids might think frosted hair tips are totally cool
  182. Ross
  183. Raffael Stüken 💥
    On: The Return of the 90s Web By ⁦@mxbckmxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  184. Julian Hatwell
    As 90s music and fash makes a come back, might the same be true for 90s web? mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  185. S͎Եҽעҽղ ☼ ՏղҽԺƙҽг
    Skal vi så have brede eller smalle bukseben i denne sæson? Det lader til at moden er ved at skifte igen (og med god grund) mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  186. Commandork
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  187. Danny de Vries
    What is old is new again. Personal websites are the best thing that's making a comeback in 2020. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  188. Christian Surchi
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… on @refindcom @mxbck
  189. Thorsten Beeck
    Cool blog post. I also found myself in it, I redesigned my personal website earlier this year. 😁
  190. Greg Davidson
    Inspired reading @mxbck's post (mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…) and @kickscondor's thoughts (kickscondor.com/marijn's-link-…). Indie Web goodness 💯 /via @waxy
  191. Samuel Pitoňák
  192. Lucas Rollan
    As someone who got started in web development using Dreamweaver, this brings a tear to my eye. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  193. Andrew Kovalenko
    mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… The Return of the 90s Web
  194. Etumnamboa
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  195. Edgaras
    Pre-rendered sites, the raise of #nocode, discovering web content and more by @mxbck at mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  196. bert boerland
    The Return of the 90s Web mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  197. Web Design Museum
  198. weareSHIFTA
    "¿ Listo para volver a las ideas de la primera #web ? Los años 90 y su editor sin código están de moda | Como también los blogs, que ganan popularidad nuevamente, como una herramienta para el auto-marketing o simplemente para expresar opiniones", @mxbck mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  199. Sahil Parikh
    The Return of the 90s Web by ⁦@mxbckmxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  200. Manish R. Jain
    😂 Someone mentioned SSR (server-side rendering) to me and I'm like - old skool style. What's next - Perl?
  201. Michael Friedman
    Couple interesting parallels that @mxstbr draws between the 90s web and the web we have today, pertaining to personal brand and writing online. mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… Highlights: evernote.com/shard/s584/sh/…
  202. Desirée Zamora García
    If you miss this web, it's here already. Don't friendzone, you were meant to be together: mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  203. ((λ()'Dr.ArneBab))
    The Return of the 90s Web: mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  204. → Ale Narvaja
    🕶️🍿⌛️🧭🕹️🖥️ mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  205. Liran Tal
    90s are making a comeback on the web, nice relaxed read at mxb.dev/blog/the-retur… my only nitpick is that server-side rendering are already deeply rooted, they're not "the new buzz" anymore. https://t.co/WSsZciThtT
  206. Labcodes Software Studio
    An interesting article about how the web looks today mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  207. James Sinclair
    “After spending the better part of the last decade shifting rendering logic to the client, it looks like the pendulum is about to swing into the other direction again.” —@mxbck Not just “about to”, been swinging for a while. “The Return of the 90s Web” mxb.dev/blog/the-retur…
  208. Adam Seligman