Web designing is the term normally used to describe the design process relating to the front-end (client side) design of a website including writing mark up. It partially overlaps web engineering in the broader scope of web development.

 Glimpses Of The Start Of Web and Web Design

·   In 1989, whilst working at CERN Tim Berners-Lee proposed to create a global hypertext project, which later became World Wide Web.

·   In 1993 Marc Andreessen andEric Bina, created the Mosaic browser.

·  The W3C was created in October 1994, to “lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability.”

·  In 1994 Andreessen formed Communications corp. That later became known as Netscape Communications the Netscape 0.9 browser.

·  Throughout 1996 to 1999 the browser wars began. The browser wars saw Microsoft and Netscape battle it out for the ultimate browser dominance.

·   In 1996, Microsoft released its first competitive browser, which was complete with its own features and tags.

·   CSS was introduced in December 1996 by the W3C to support presentation and layout; this allowed HTML code to be semantic rather than both semantic and presentational, and improved web accessibility, see tableless web design.

·    In 1996, Flash (originally known as FutureSplash) was developed.

·  During 1998 Netscape released Netscape Communicator code under an open source licence, enabling thousands of developers to participate in improving the software.

·  2000 was a big year for Microsoft. Internet Explorer had been released for Mac, this was significant as it was the first browser that fully supported HTML 4.01 and CSS 1, raising the bar in terms of standards compliance.  It was also the first browser to fully support the PNG image format.

·   During this time Netscape was sold to AOL and this was seen as Netscape’s official loss to Microsoft in the browser wars.

·  Since the end of the browsers wars there have been new browsers coming onto the scene. Many of these are open source meaning that they tend to have faster development and are more supportive of new standards.

Creating a Web-Site

There are two primary jobs involved in creating a website: the web designer and web developer, who often work closely together on a website. A Web Designer is very different from a Web Developer. While a Web developer works more on the server side development, web server configuration, and web server security, a Web Designer designs web pages. So, in order to become a Website Developer, a Web Designer would need to learn additional programming languages and methodologies, such as Object Oriented design and Java programming.

Further, graphic designers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) writers, internet copywriter and user experience (UX) designer may become involved during the Web Designing i.e.. creation of a website under particular circumstances.

  • Graphic designers create visuals for the site such as logos, layouts and buttons.

  • Internet marketing specialists help maintain web presence through strategic solutions on targeting viewers to the site, by using marketing and promotional techniques on the internet.

  • SEO writers research and recommend the correct words to be incorporated into a particular website and make the website more accessible and found on numerous search engines.

  • Internet copywriter creates the written content of the page to appeal to the targeted viewers of the site

  • User experience (UX) designer incorporates aspects of user focused design considerations which include information architecture, user centered design, user testing, interaction design, and occasionally visual design

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