The wonderful world of website design shouldn’t be a magical mystery tour. Magical maybe, but not mystical. In this article, we’re going to be exploring the many ingredients that make up a successful website design potion. We’re going to be looking under the hood of the process and discovering exactly what makes a great website design work. But first, let’s back up a bit and briefly look at how the internet, the conduit for websites, was started.
Basically, Google is a young upstart. A child savant standing on the shoulders of giants. Incredibly, Google was founded just over two decades ago (take a moment to let that sink in) on September 4th 1998. But before Google, even before Windows, back in the early sixties, there were groups of earnest scientists huddled in dusty computer labs at MIT, Stanford and UCLA. They probably didn’t know it, but they were starting a communications revolution.
With funding from the US Department of Defence, these scientist and engineers were beginning to develop the fundamentals of the ‘information superhighway’. The results were disparate to start. Different protocols began to emerge. Recognising the issue, the first regulatory body was launched called the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). The IAB formed task forces to tackle problems relating to compatibility.
Early forms of basic internet were around in the late ’60s and ’70s. These were mainly being used by academia. It took the deliberate development of a culture of information sharing that really made things change, and fast.
After 3 decades of development, along comes our hero, Tim Berners-Lee. He bought it all together and, in 1991, uploaded the first web page to pretty much the same internet that we use today. This is what the first page looked like. On 4 April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the “Nobel Prize of Computing” the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. More about Tim here.
Much more about the history of the internet can be found here.
Clearly, we’ve witnessed exponential growth in processing power, internet speeds and the number of internet users since the old days. In addition, we’ve seen an incredible increase in internet commerce. In fact, the figures are staggering. Here are just a few figures to contemplate:
Obviously, the internet is a treasure trove of mind-blowing statistics. You can read more here.
Simply put, it means two things. Firstly, you’ve got a whole lot of competition and secondly, that’s a whole lot of possibilities. And so, here we are, back at the wonderful world of Website Design. With today’s internet, you’ll be competing with dozens, hundreds or maybe thousands of companies depending on your target area. Furthermore, many of these competitors will have an appealing website. A website that’s visually attractive, its design is easy to navigate, its design reflects the product and the kind of visitor it wants, and it informs. It informs in a way that motivates contact or a direct sale.
Website design encompasses a lot of skills and many elements. These include the following:
There’s an abundance of website design companies out there so how do you choose the right one? A new website is your chance to market your business, make a good impression and drive sales. Therefore, it makes sense to spend time researching the right website partner for you. We suggest you gather a shortlist and then follow these simple steps below.
So, there we have it, a brief look at the wonderful world of website design. Hopefully you’ll have a better idea now of what’s involved, what to expect and how to choose your ideal website design partner.