Resources List for the Personal Web

Welcome to the 32-Bit Cafe Resources list! This list is to help guide and help those who are in every stage of their web-building journey on the personal web. This list is not meant to overwhelm you, but rather give you options and find tools, graphics, utilities, codes, and everything in between to help get you creating more on the independent web.

We try to focus our findings on free or low-cost, open-source, independent services, tools, and platforms, although we recommend financially supporting the tools you do use.

Feel free to share this list and get the word out about how easy and fun it is to create your own website and join in this side of the web!

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Contributions

This list is contributed to by members and some information has been grandfathered in from our Discord and other communication platforms.

Interested in contributing?

After a certain period of time and activity, you will have access to edit the list. If you’d like to get permissions sooner than that, send @yequari or @xandra a message! Add categories and links in the same format using Markdown to keep things consistent. If a resource you have in mind tends to fit into two categories, try selecting the one that best represents the intention of the resource. Try to list resources in alphabetical order for ease, but it will be periodically cleaned up anyway. Thank you for your efforts!


Webmastery

“Webmastery” and “webweaving” are cool ways to describe web development from a hobbyist standpoint, so we like to use it here. The resources below are meant to be helpful to create your own website.

Accessibility

Beginner HTML Guides

Beginner Self-Managing & Server Guides

Free Blogging Platforms & Static-Site Generators

Code Generators

Code Snippets

Common Webmastery Issues

Counters & Analytics

Hosted Forms

Hosted Services for Websites

Free Layouts

Layout Makers

Text Cliques & Clubs

Staff Note: There are a lot of text cliques across the independent web and would be a bit overwhelming to include here. Instead of linking to individual text cliques, these link to collections, directories, and compilations of text cliques.

Fanlistings

Free Webhosts

Creating, Managing, and Finding Webrings

Widgets

X-References

Graphics

These are resources relating to graphics, graphic design, or creating art.

Browser-Based Graphic Editors

Color Palettes

Free Graphics & Website Materials

Pixel Cliques & Clubs

Here is an ongoing list of active pixel clubs and cliques across the web that have either been created or revived from an older age of the internet. Unsure about what this is?

Placeholder Images

Free Stock Images & Illustrations

Utilities & Programs

These are utilities, programs, and helpful tools that can help make your life easier when it comes to computing, webmastery, and other computer-related hobbies.

Webweaving Utilities

Image & Art Utilities

Social Media Utilities

Retro Utilities & Programs

Typefaces & Fonts

Other Software & Utilities

Independent Web Alternatives

These are alternative projects, web services, and replacements for the corporate web or corporate services.

Creativity Tools & Programs

Directories & Listings

Current and active directories and website listings for the small web.

eCommerce Alternatives

Productivity Tools & Programs

Search Engines

Other Service Alternatives

Service Proxies and Frontends

  • Scribe, a Medium link alternative
  • FreeTube, a privacy-focused desktop client for YouTube
  • Invidious, a lighter-weight YouTube frontend
  • Piped, an alternative YouTube frontend
  • BreezeWiki, allows you to view Fandom wiki pages without the bloat or ads

Zines

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Contributors

Thank you so much to everyone who contributes to the list. Some of these have been added from Discord and other shared spaces, so those folks have been added here. Please sign your name below if you added links to this resource!

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