But this year, I decided to give it a shot anyway.
Rather than invent something fake with an intention of making a cheap joke, I decided to update the FreeDOS website. So for all day on April 1, the FreeDOS website was a "throwback" to the 1980s. If you missed it, this is what it looked like:
I swapped out the web stylesheet with one that used DOS colors, and loaded a VGA font copied from int10h.org.
Our "April 1st" website was very popular, and gave us a boost in website traffic and downloads of the FreeDOS 1.2 distribution. (Of course, some Internet wise guy decided to bot-attack us on the same day, maybe as his own "prank." Ironically, an attempted DOS attack on a website about DOS. But after you account for that in our website hits, we really did get more visitors that day.)
There's not much to this, so I figured I'd share the details and stylesheet in case you want to do this on your own website.
The FreeDOS website is built around HTML Version 5, using a pretty standard template. We structure every page like this:
logo | search
main text (section)
footer text (section)
It was fairly straightforward to create a web stylesheet to redefine the website colors to look like a DOS terminal. Here is the stylesheet we used: (you'll need to download your own copy of the VGA fonts for this to work)
The April 1st website was only meant for the one day, but I have to admit that I really liked it. And from your responses on social media and via email, I think a lot of other people enjoyed it too! Maybe the "throwback" design will make a reappearance sometime in the future. This seems like something to bring out for special occasions.