In the beginning, the first websites were generally built by IT departments who also managed them too. However, in today’s world, website design is a totally different industry.
These days, designing a fantastic website has lead to businesses growing and those without a web presence could potentially lead to failure. For most of the world’s businesses it is the gateway to your success so that prospective customers can come through your door.
If you require more information on website design or any marketing information then contact Voova Digital. With years of experience we can help your business grow in the digital world.
A Brief History Lesson Into The Birth Of The Website
The very first website which was built in 1991 was CERN, and it was 100% text based. It was solely black and white and the only colour that was available was the hyperlinks which were in blue.
It then progressed into HTML and this was the only way to add some structure to the site. This still had limitations and the sites were basic.
In 1993 the introduction to ALIWEB was launched and this was the first World Wide Web search engine.
The first landing page was also launched in 1993 by MTV and this featured an image on the main page of the site. At this point the internet was taking off and so was the design.
The world’s first banner was implemented onto a sites header, in 1994, and this was the start of online marketing. The internet continued to increase in new websites and at this point there was around 2700 websites worldwide. By the end of the year there was over 10,000.
In 1996 internet users increased to around 36 million worldwide.The CNN website was iconic at this moment in time as it used text, images and also adverts. This produced a balanced website and a great useability for the 1990’s. New websites grew from 25,300 to over 250,000.
FLASH! – This changed the layout on web design as it was a first for designers to create, add animation and develope websites to be more engaging to the user. Unfortunately not every user had Flash plugin and these websites were taking longer to load.
In 1998 Google Beta went live and this as we know today was very successful. It was a different search engine to ALIWEB as it had a simplistic design.
After Flash was introduced this is when CSS found its way onto the scene. This meant that speed was becoming a big issue as more people were going online.
2000 was the year PayPal took off, originally starting in 1999. As internet development was developing better more businesses were going online and it was becoming more of a need to have a website.
In 2003 website design all changed. Up until the millennium all websites were handled by IT departments as they were very technical. However, This is when WordPress evolved and it is now the world’s leading content management system (CMS). WordPress aided over 2,000 websites for bloggers in this year. As of January 2015 24% of top 10 millions sites now use WordPress for their CMS.
2004 saw the sights of MySpace.com which let users create their own profiles and connect with other users from around the world. MySpace also let the users create their page with a HTML editor too.
Facebook also launched in 2004 with MySpace but only for college students. However, in 2006 it went public and changed the way we see social media especially in today’s online world. Over 1 billion users use facebook worldwide as of 2017.
In 2007 mobile devices changed the way people browse the internet and many sites weren’t mobile friendly. This forced website designers to approach a mobile friendly site when creating a website. In the same year Apple released the iPhone which changed the mobile revolution and altered the way we see content on our mobiles.
2010 saw the birth of ‘Responsive Design’ by web designer Ethan Marcotte and this changed the way we view online content on a mobile device. In a nutshell, instead of creating a different website the content could be shown on the original site but scaled down.
As of 2017 there are well over 1 billion websites on the world wide web. With plenty of competition on the internet, as a business it is important to ensure that you have a website, that is relevant and also is user friendly. In a different perspective, you should see your website as a ‘sales person’, marketing and advising your customers about your business.
So how can your business effectively have a responsive and a professional website?
WordPress is the world’s most used CMS, Content Management System and now powers just under 30% of the web. It has around 60% market share with just over 500 sites being created on WordPress each day.
This is also the easiest and most powerful CMS in existence today.
WordPress can be installed very easily and most of all it is free to use. It is extremely user friendly, customizable and open for you to can create almost anything on your site. The CMS also comes packed with thousands of great plugins, widgets and themes that can turn your website into something personal, secure and most of all user friendly.
Other Customer Management Systems
In a recent survey in 2017 The Top 5 CMS Systems where ranked from most to least favourite were:
As we have mentioned above WordPress is the most-used open source CMS in the world. All the other platforms such as Joomla!, blogger, Drupal and TYPO3 all are very similar. But as an overall and popular CMS WordPress is rated as number one.
If you would like to contact Voova Digital about our website design services then we can provide you with plenty of advice and expertise.
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