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A Brief History Of The Web

In today’s world, daily life is completely intertwined with internet use. You wake up, check your email, social media feeds and the news. You don’t even have to get out of bed. Then you get in your car, maybe using Google Maps or other navigation apps to find a new destination. Then at work, chances are you use computers and the internet for at least part of your day. And if–God forbid–the internet goes down, everything comes to a grinding halt.

With life and work so dependent on the web, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when it didn’t exist. It’s shocking to think that the internet is not even thirty years old. The idea for a global hypertext was first proposed in 1989, and the World Wide Web was developed between 1991 and 1993. The new internet was revolutionary, but incredibly rudimentary compared to what we have today. The “browser wars” between Microsoft and Netscape led to the creation of many new technologies and the rapid development of web design. Obviously, Microsoft won and introduced the first competitive browser in 1996, complete with its own features and tags.

The 21st century brought greater changes to the internet and the way people interact with it. Social media, online shopping, and smartphones have all contributed to our greater dependence on the web. The internet is important for our personal and professional lives. Today, it is virtually impossible to be competitive in business without having a web presence. This is why web design is so important. It is a field that has exploded in the last decade, and will undoubtedly continue to grow.



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