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Website Design Progression

Personal computers have thousands of uses; for recreational purposes such as playing games and keeping in touch with friends, to more practical uses such as typing up documents and presenting data. For most people the main use is browsing the internet and interacting with others over it.

Websites have evolved greatly from the basic text based sites from the early 90’s into the multi layered sites we are used to seeing now. Nearly everyone who uses the internet now would consider the early websites to be ugly and clunky; which is true to an extent, but at the time they were the best designs available. At the beginning the design wide of a website was not as important as the information contained. It could take a few minutes for a site or even a single picture to load, meaning that excess design pictures, logo’s and advances were pretty much useless.

After a few years websites became more than just text and links. Pictures became almost compulsory to ensure that a site looked the best and most futuristic, even if the functionality or loading speeds became problematic.

When people started using websites more it created the demand from everyone to have their own. One of the main company’s who capitalized on this was GeoCities, allowing people to make their own sites hosted for free. Unfortunately this created a huge amount of websites which were badly designed and put together, effectively creating the need for website designers for professional companies. People’s opinions quickly changed from giving kudos for even having a website to deciding that some looked terrible, making a huge division in good and bad looking websites.

The not so distant past of website design. Glad it's moved on?

As this was happening it created development opportunities for the people behind the web sites creation, which in turn gave designers more freedom and choice when it came to making a good looking website. Advances such as CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), java script and semantics made websites look much better in the space of a few years.

Many of the functions that were born from these advancements are still around today in ‘simple’ websites and for most people they are common place. Elements such as top navigation menus, web forms, drop down menus and user created content enhanced web pages greatly. Semantics allowed computers to understand the web pages as well as just be viewed by people. This included the addition of Meta data and tags so that individual pages could be associated with others and be brought up in search results.

With more and more people getting connected to the internet and to each other through various means, it is incredibly important to have up to date website design. Whether you look for website designers in London or any other city around the world, you can easily get an effective website that can be aimed right at the people you want.