Web Design

In the early 1990’s there were what we call text based sites now. The design of these sites was prominent and used to be single column text based pages in HTML. It was the need to add more design elements which lead to addition of more complex elements which could be utilized to make the web look better. Significant advancements in Web Design happened in the year 1991 when Tim Berners published the first website and this lead to the development of W3C or the World Wide Web consortium in 1994.

It is strange how the web used to look in the 1990s and how it looks now. The web looked like a text page in which information was written and hyperlinked to another text page. Table based websites and page building utilities were introduced in the mid 1990s. With the help of tables one could make multiple columns and experience a text based design model. The sliced background images, setting up of design principles and frames in the pages were the new trend.

The most fascinating development however, was introduction of animated scroll text like marquee on the web page. The number of hits could now be tracked and tools like geocities and angel fire allowed almost anyone to build their own websites. In 1996 Macromedia jumped in with flash with capabilities to make dynamic and beautiful web design. The whole world was awed by the beauty and simplicity of flash.

No one can deny the significant contribution of PHP in web design. With addition of PHP to web design a person could now interact with the visitors. The visitors could subscribe, could fill in their information and communicate with the website owners directly. CSS brought an altogether new dimension to the web design in year 2000. Web content was now segregated from web design.

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