I prefer keeping things at a necessary minimum. Why should a website in the first place, have fancy animations and colors when just a message needs to get across? Such an ideology is suitable only for marketing and advertising sites where the appeal factor is used in luring customers. In my opinion, any other kind of website should be as minimal as possible.
The internet that we know today wasn't the same about 10-15 years back. Things used to be much simpler, page load times were significantly lower and social media was almost non-existential. With the rise of tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. the billion-dollar industry of data mining began with mass surveillance becoming the norm, whether we liked it or not.
Good design is as little design as possible.