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Brief History Of Web Design
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Brief History Of Web Design

Good day to you in this article I am going to cover the history of web design and the internet in general.

The internet as we know it today has come on leaps and bounds since it became popular back in the mid nineties. The ability for computers to talk to each other which essentially is what the internet is all about started as far back as the 1960's. It was first designed for the military and then the medical world took advantage of this followed by the academia world.

The first website was launched in the summer of 1981. Of course it was still to be another good decade before the internet as we know it today really began to take shape. In the early nineties a web browser called Mosaic was released to the general public and of course much to our delight it was a free programme. Mosaic was only around a couple of years before a name which some of you may be familiar with came about and that was the Netscape browser.

Back in those days the internet was fed to the general public via telephone lines and a modem. This as maybe some of you can remember meant having to wait for what seemed for ever for web pages to load. This meant that website certainly did not come with the flashy graphics and pictures that adorn websites these days. The waiting time would have meant users clicking off. I did a course back then called the Certified Internet Webmaster and heavy emphasis was put on loading time.

These sites are now referred to as First Generation sites and had limited colour and were very basic in design and layout. They had hyper-links but were more of a way of information to be shared and not so much as a way to keep internet users entertained or amused. Playing of games for example was just impossible.

1991 was the year when the Internet really began to start gaining the general public's attention. That was the year the World Wide Web was born. Important to note there that the Internet and the World Wide Web are in fact two different entities. The WWW runs on top of the Internet. The Internet enabled computers to talk to one another and share folders and documents but not displayed on a website. The WWW is the key to being able to display websites.

Hyper Text Mark-up Language was and still is for the most part today the language to which websites are written and today we use HTML 5.

In the early days you could write a website just using Notepad or any other pure text programme.

In this article we covered the history of webdesign and the Internet. We also covered how the Internet and the WWW are not the same and are in fact two different entities. Lastly we covered how you could still use today Notepad to create a website. Especially so in the first generation websites.

Any questions please ask.

Thanks for reading from Jason who quite simply rocks at writing.


Street Talk

Interesting article JP enjoyed the history lesson..

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Rob. I enjoyed researching the subject matter. Amazing how fast the whole internet and www has moved on in so few years. All the best JP :)

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  about 7 years ago

As everything else in life. Great read JP

  
  about 7 years ago
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