History of Web Design
The World Wide Web is not a concept of the olden days, and so the history is not extensive. The first ever web page dates back to just the 1980s when the first ever websites were uploaded. Here is a quick look at all the important eras through which web design has traversed since then.
The First Ever Browser
The first ever website that was uploaded on the web was an outline of future plans. The page was boring, but at that time, it was a new concept and so people did show an interest. This page could be accessed through the Mosaic browser, which was introduced to the world in the 1990s. The program was free to use and allowed people to access the internet. Initially, the browser was based on the Unix system but Windows and Mac versions were also launched later on. Right after this, other browsers were released such as the Cello Browser, the Netscape Navigator, and the initial version of Opera and Internet Explorer. This was in the year 1995.
The Development of HTML
HTML has been used for web designing since the initial days and at that time, it was the only coding language. Developers did not have much flexibility and the created web pages were only limited to texts, tables, and some graphics. The HTML of this time also used tags, some of which can be seen even today like the h1 to h6 tags and the anchor tags.
As time progressed, HTML also developed and the year 1995 saw the release of the third generation HTML. Unlike the initial days, now style sheets could also be used for designing purposes and so there was more choice for graphics, patterns, and colors. Flash was introduced soon afterwards which led to dynamic web designing.
The 5th Generation HTML
The websites of today are different from those that were developed in 1995. This is because they are regarded as the fifth version of HTML, which was launched to remove all bugs of the previous versions. HTML 5 is an attempt to define a language for both the HTML and XHTML syntax. A lot of new features have been added such as SVG content, audio, video, and canvas. Web pages can be integrated with more multimedia content without additional plug-ins. Elements like header and section can also be used to improve the content on each page.
The Mobile Buzz
This phase is the current era of web designing. More than 50% of all web traffic is generated from mobile devices, and so mobile web designing is of significant importance. Focused on availability and usability, the concepts are aimed at integrating the entire website on a smaller screen with simple navigation and easy interface.