The Web Revival

The Web Revival is about reliving the spirit of the early web in the modern age and is one name of an internet based movement, the name comes from the Folk Revival of the 1930s-70s.

Some other names related to the Web Revival:

  • Old Web - This name also evokes the spirit of the early web, it's favoured by sites that focus on older technology and styles, for example The Old Net.
  • Web 1.0 Movement - This name refers the simple static sites of the 90s and is similar to Old Net.
  • Smol/Small Web - This name is often favoured by minimalist sites such as m15o’s Status.Cafe
  • The Yesterweb - A brand name used by the Yesterweb Community, a large group of people who make personal sites.
  • Neocities - A brand name for the web hosting company and community that houses many web revival sites!
  • Indieweb - A separate web collective, mainly with professional web developers, it is less related to the web revival.
  • Digital garderning - A separate web movement, less related to the web revival and closer to the Indieweb movement. Focuses on personal knowledge management, learning in public, commoning knowledge and the still untapped possibilities of early hypertext proposals and technologies.

What ties it all together?

Web Revival enthusiasts come from all walks of life, however most share a few things in common:

  • Creativity comes first - They value creative expression and the ability to customise and decorate their digital spaces.
  • The Web is Friendly - Most are inclusive and value warm genuine interactions, egos should take a back seat here.
  • Non Social-Media - Most are sick of social media, they dislike its drama and often toxic cultural impact.
  • Right to Repair - They value the freedom to control their own data and understand the tools they use.
  • Money is not the goal - They dislike the corporate webs obsession with monetisation, professionalism and branding.
  • One World-Wide-Web - They value the ideals of free shared information and global connectivity expressed on the early internet.
  • Messy things are OK - Things don't need to be perfect, we want our web lives to be fun ones not flawless ones.
  • Heck No Crypto - To most, crypto currencies, the “Web3“ and NFTs are not welcome for many reasons.

These ideals are expressed by creating websites, homepages, zines, forums, podcasts and more! The goal is simply to find what was best about the early web, find whats best about new technology, mix the two; kick all the Mark Zuckerberg's and Elon Musk's to the curb and get on with living our best lives.


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