Low-Tech Website
Because we now consume an increasing amount of internet data in our daily lives, the electricity consumption of the internet is also rapidly increasing. Often overlooked, the internet's significant power usage has a notable ecological impact. Therefore, this website is designed with the aim of minimizing energy consumption and CO2 emissions resulting from internet surfing, making it a Low-Tech website.

An important decision was made to build a static website. This means that no information is fetched on demand from a database. The website does not communicate with the server, and the displayed information remains constant unless changes are made to the online code files. This leads to a reduction in energy consumption.

On most websites, images contribute the most to the weight of a page. To address this issue, all images are processed using an image compression technique called dithering. Dithering is commonly used in computer graphics to create the illusion of "color depth" in images with a limited color palette, a technique known as color quantization. Applying this technique can make images ten times less resource-intensive. Furthermore, they are converted to the WebP file format, introduced by Google, allowing high-resolution images to be displayed on a website with much smaller file sizes than traditional formats like PNG and JPEG.

Loading additional fonts creates extra requests to the server, consuming both storage space and energy. Therefore, the interface uses system fonts, such as Helvetica, to avoid unnecessary HTTP requests.

For more information on the development of sustainable websites, you can visit the Low Tech Magazine.