Max Bock on the Return of the 90s Web points out a great trend in web development, but I can't help but think that there's a bit more to it.
Max Bock wrote The Return of the 90s Web almost 2 years ago now, but I just came across it recently when he tweeted about it. In it, he points to a return to server-side rendering, no-code tools like Webflow, the growth of niche communities centred around personal spaces (as opposed to social media spaces hosted on centralised platforms), and a return to self-curated feeds like RSS (as opposed to algorithmically-curated ones).
I like that these things are growing: they align well with the vision that I have for the Internet. They're sustainable practices that put the most equitable division of power in the hands of the most people. They're trends that I want to see continue.
Building long-lasting, accessible, fast websites that work well for as many users as possible is the name of the game here. It's not a trend—it's just a good design pattern. Let's not let this be another wave for think-piece authors to ride & discard when the next big thing evolves.