Monday, November 5, 2012

Web Transformation - How it Changed Over Time?

Social media was not always around; nor were ecommerce, great graphics and concepts like crowd sourcing. Web of today is so different that if one of our children, grown up on Twitter and Facebook, time travel to go back two decades, he/she might get the creeps from web pages. So, let spare some time to study how our good old web was and how it has evolved to its present state;

First half of 1990’s
When web was not as popular as it is now, text based websites were the norm. Most of the work was done in HTML and pages were text based with single column arrangement. Web developers weren’t yet thunderstruck with the idea of dynamic elements. In 1994, the very first website came into existence and was published by Tim Berners-Lee. Web was much simpler at that time, and concepts like user experience belonged to some alien world.
Second half of 1990’s
Web started gaining speed after the initial years of activity; table based sites came into existence and online page builders too started cropping up. With the introduction of tables, multi-column websites became a possibility. For a website programming company, this was nothing less than a boon as it lead to better content organization and navigational layout. There was a race to have the most advanced look and, sometimes, for accomplishing the same, good design principles were ignored. Animated text and GIF took over the websites. Flash and PHP too came into existence in the same era, making a significant impact.

First half of 2000’s
Web was going for a major overhaul with the introduction of CSS. With the help of Cascading Style Sheets, web design and content were separated. Page elements like color, text size and background were now defined in style sheet. Javascript too rose to prominence in this duration only; tables were popularly being replaced by Javascript for page layouts. Opportunities were endless with Javascript; computation, menu animation without Flash and other related functionalities became simpler. Drop down menus and forms also became popular with best web designing company. 

Second half of 2000’s
The movement of semantic web started in this period only. The central idea behind the movement was to make it easy for machines to make sense of web pages. The masterminds behind the concept used Meta data and hyperlinks to accomplish the goal. By the end of the era, concepts like web applications and interactive content gained acceptance. Along with Javascript, XML was also ruling the charts in web design and development. Content publishing in the form of tutorials, video and graphics also gained popularity. The mobile revolution too was worth noticing event in the later years of the concluding decade. People were turning to mobile devices to access internet, and that too in large numbers. Looking at the trend, website owners started considering owing separate platforms for mobile users.

The present, we all are very much aware of; sales and usage of smart phones is on all time high. Responsive web design is the apple of designers’ eye.

So, this was a quick flashback of web from the eyes of FATbit, a company that has seen, contributed and mastered most of the recent web design and development advancements.