In this day and age, there is a multitude of spectacular websites on the internet. Almost every business has one. However, one aspect that is solely responsible for transforming the way websites look today is “web design”. All those animated graphics and amazing backgrounds you find on sites are the fruits of excellent web design.
That being said, how many of you actually know about the history of web design and how it came about? Probably very few! So here’s the rich history of something that gave websites a whole new appearance:
History of Web Design
The concept of web design was first coined in the early 90’s, when Yahoo, Prodigy and WebCrawler were some of the major websites. These sites were text based (HTML format) with little to no images. In short, there was no design whatsoever. Moreover, due to the limitation of HTML (coding language of web design), designers could only make plain layouts, tables, etc, with minimal graphics.
It was only until 1992 that developers came up with their own set of HTML codes. This was mainly due to conflicts with HTML 1 tags. So to overcome it HTML 2 was created. During the period from 1992 to 1994 the internet grew exponentially and designers gained much more HTML competency. Interestingly, the use of graphics had become quite common towards the latter part of this era.
Subsequently, in 1995 many more HTML tags were coined which resulted in the birth of HTML 3. This further facilitated designers in utilizing style sheets and HTML B tables (which was indicative of design). This happened to be the exact same year when “Microsoft Internet Explorer” was launched.
In addition, it was during this time that web designers had the liberty of personalizing and embellishing their web design. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the websites of this era were much more attractive and colorful. Flash was another great creation of this period which transformed web design.
After some time HTML 5 was introduced. This is the fifth upgrade of the HTML language and by far the best one. It provides a solution (or in fact is) to a number of syntax errors. Apart from this, it also offers several new options such as integration of SVG content etc. In other words, including multimedia content has become quite easy.
It doesn’t stop there. HTML is progressing rapidly and it expected to make even greater improvements with the passage of time.