List of lightweight front-ends to modern websites

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    Hello guys,

    Don’t know if someone made such a list before, but I was inspired by this reply to share it with you guys. Here are some lightweight (sometimes alternative) front-ends to various websites I access on an older machine. The way I deemed these websites light was running them with only one tab open on Mozilla Firefox on Windwows 7 (so I had a heavier base) and see if the machine is struggling (it was an Acer Aspire One D260 with 1 GB of RAM and 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU). I guess that running those websites under lighter weight systems like Antix or MX and under lighter browsers would bring better results. Also I tried to avoid the mobile versions of the websites because even though the screen was small and the websites are light, it still felt like not having an optimized interface for the desktop. I also had the script blockers disabled. So without further ado, here is my list:

    Reddit

    * https://reddit.qnzl.co – just what it says; a minimalist Reddit. Great if you only want to read reddit threads without getting involved in the discussions. Just type in the name of the subreddit you want to browse and there you go
    * old.reddit.com – the official, older Reddit website if you want to get the full thing and you’re also a fellow redditor 🙂

    YouTube

    * https://tube.qnzl.co – pretty similar to the Reddit alternative website. Made by the same author. Self-explainatory. Just a search bar to get yourself wherever you want. Hell even I wrote more words in this description than there are on the homepage of the website, haha
    * https://invidio.us – a more full-featured alternative that also has a dark theme
    * https://hooktube.com – don’t let yourselfes deceived by the name, it really is YouTube, haha. Did not quite feel the need to use it so I don’t know how should I describe it. But I can see you can replace “you” with “hook” in any YouTube url and you’re taken on that website. seems pretty neat to me.

    Wikipedia

    Official website seemed quite light. If you know any lighter front-ends let me know in a reply and I’ll update the post

    Gmail

    * If you don’t want to enable less secure app access in order to use any email client with it through IMAP then I recommend switching to the basic view (you can only do it on the login screen but on lower end machines you might have enough time).

    Miscellaneous

    For posting anything on the internet I used Telegraph (telegra.ph). It doesn’t feel like being that lightweight as some of the previous options, but it has no fancy graphics or animations that could stress the CPU. Just like a plain sheet where you can write and post pretty much anything and share it further.

    Doing some research right now I saw there are other light-weight front-ends to modern-day websites, however that machine is quite dead at the moment and cannot test them (I also afforded a more beefy computer recently and was in the process of moving the whole data, bummer):

    * Twitter: Nitter (https://nitter.net)
    * Instagram: Bibliogram (https://bibliogram.art – no login as well, useful for public profiles)

    If you know other such websites, let me know and I will add them to this list.

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    Hi… Here are some more tips:

    – very light and secureSearch engine: https://duckduckgo.com/lite

    – View youtube videos from antix: use smtube from the menu, it’s as light on the resources as it can be…

    P.

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