This site was built entirely with free open source software. WordPress.org as the foundation; the Twenty Seventeen theme for site design; BoldGrid for design blocks and some functionality; Jetpack, Visual Link Preview, and Smash Balloon Instagram Feed plugins; all hosted by InMotion Hosting, which provides easy site management tools through Cpanel and includes BoldGrid Premium at no charge. With hosting package and domain registration fees, total cost is about $100 annually.

I’ve deliberately and intentionally decided not to include some basic social functionality on this site—platform logins, sharing buttons, like buttons, subscriptions newsletters, etc—because there aren’t enough ethical tools to protect privacy, for both site visitors and me. We’re not optimized for search either. There was no point in creating this site in the first place if all I ended up accomplishing was enabling more surveillance capitalism. In addition, I take privacy legislation like CCPA and GDPR seriously, and compliance is tricky even for a simple site without having to worry about aggressive or unethical platform intrusions. Besides, I think Web 1.0 was healthier and happier for all of us.

Outside of the link previews on the Commonplace blog, most photos are my own, usually taken with whatever version of an iPhone is in my pocket. Some are taken with an old Canon EOS 20D. Where I’ve had the fortune to be captured by professional photographers, I’ve studiously tried to tag them with credit where possible. Videos are GoPro Hero 4 Silver or iPhone.