But it feels much more meaningful to have art on the internet be put in the environment made and designed by the artist, instead of on the generic platforms of social media and aggregators.
Yes! The websites themselves, from the layouts and art on it, to what the creators wanted to emphasize, to the almost journal like sharing of information from the creators, were pretty much artistic expressions themselves. Facebook, being a public forum, is like entering a gallery to view art. Personal websites though, were like visiting the artist's home.