One thing that has been bothering me as a web builder 1 hobbyist trying to get into the industry is that most of the online classes that I’ve enrolled and taken all use Apple Macs as their system. In fact, most of the software and apps that I would love to have and put it into good use for my future projects seem to only be available in Mac versions, such as alternatives to the Adobe CC that actually has the same functionalities as Adobe CC and even easier tools for faster web building.
And then, there are really good scripts, like static site generators such as Jekyll, in which they offer no support for Windows. 2 Even though I earned my Udemy certification for Jekyll some months ago, I had to halt my lessons on that course just to follow instructions from an outside source. After the certification, Udemy suggested that I also take the course called Hugo, another static site generator that does support Windows, as well as Mac OS and Linux. I haven’t finished Hugo yet, but I’m loving it so far.
It has nothing to do with my goals in improving my portfolio, but I do plan on adding a hobby website 3 using Hugo (possibly) or just plain HTML using Foundation or Bootstrap. With this, at least, I can add something to my portfolio that’s not always based on WordPress, you know?
To make this drabble (?) short, I really do wish that everyone, regardless if you’re a hobbyist or a professional, would consider catering your sites to a wider audience, niche or not. People have disabilities, outdated devices like old desktops and laptops, people who still use outdated browser software, 4 and those who are always on the go and rely on their mobile phones or tablets. 5
I want to reach out to a wider audience with my projects and creations. If not a wider audience, maybe a wider “niche” audience. If I apply these standard practices to my projects, as much as I can anyway, then the web will be a better place.
On the sidenote…
- that is, a web designer or web developer ↩
- When I was a kid, my first exposure to computers was an Apple IIGs (the early ancestors of the Apple Mac), but when my dad bought our first computer, it was an IBM PC with Windows 3.1, and ever since then, I have been a PC user. Not only that I got used to it, but it’s also less expensive as well. ↩
- A very classic anime called Card Captor Sakura (aired on U.S. TV as Cardcaptors back in the late ’90s) ↩
- Believe it or not, there are still those who still use older browsers. Why they don’t bother upgrading will remain a mystery, especially when web browsers can be downloaded/upgraded for free. ↩
- I’m one of those people, always having my phone and my tablet along with me. ↩