Web design has certainly come a long way since the Internet’s introduction in the 1980s. Take a trip back with us to relive the highs and developments of the World Wide Web over the past few decades, and take a peek into what’s current and what’s to come. Spoiler alert: the robots do NOT take over.
The 1980s saw the launch of the Internet, albeit at a significantly slower speed than today. For those fortunate enough to have access to and understand it back then, web pages were available to introduce them to businesses outside of their local area. Keep in mind that these web pages (full websites were still over a decade away) were nothing more than literal white pages with text.
In the 1990s, HTML and PHP were introduced. A more visual Internet experience was taking the place of the web pages of the past decade. Old-school, long-form videos were uploaded and GIFs made their way onto websites. This all brought a fresh look to the Internet and there was finally enough speed available to handle the visually stimulating updates of the old web pages, which resembled reading a book.
Over the past sixteen years, website design has grown by leaps and bounds. Millions of people search and scour the web every day, seeking out the best deals on products and the latest in entertainment. Thanks to smartphones, surfing the Internet has become a leading pastime.
While Fortune 500 companies can (and do) spend millions each year maintaining, upgrading and optimizing their websites, this is something that can be a bit out of reach for the local, family-owned businesses looking to establish their place on the World Wide Web.
If you don’t have a team or staff of graphic designers, programmers and content writers, there is hope on the horizon! Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finally making its way into the world of web design. With a series of questions, an AI tool can map out the best option for your website, including visual elements and optimized content without getting your hands dirty. One leader in DIY website design and GRID, WIX is testing this technology and hopes to make it available sometime in the near future. Until then, it really DOES take a village to build and maintain a website.
At Unleaded Group, we still handle every aspect of your website in-house. By staying at the forefront of design trends, we are able to create unique, customized and responsive websites that not only make your digital presence shine, but also keep you ahead of your competition. If you are looking to update your company website, or need to begin the process from scratch, Unleaded Group is the place to be. Contact us today at 720-221-7126 to find out more, or to schedule an appointment with one of our consultants.