The UN-OFFICIAL and abridged history of web development.
Without question, the evolution of web development changes almost daily - here is a look back over the last decade (or so) of how things have changed.
While we were still pondering the impact of the ‘Milli Vanilli Scandal’, anyone who could write a few lines of HTML code was starting a business in the web design & development space. In these days, a website with a phone number, address and email link were acceptable. A few photos and a contact form were considered ‘cutting edge.’
2001 – 2003
The Internet ‘monoliths’ that we are familiar with today – such as eBay/PayPal, Amazon, Dell, etc.) were carving out enormous footprints (and market share) online. These companies were pioneers who showed everyone what can be possible online. They truly pushed the boundaries of Internet-based business process integration.
2004 – 2006
A website became a necessity vs. a luxury. Content management programs became crucial in the development of a complete website. This trend set the stage for products like Tellerik/Sitefinity, DotNetNuke and Wordpress. Your organization now needs a platform vs. a website thanks to this trend.
2007 – 2010
We were (collectively) introduced to Social Media. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn dominated the news media. During this time, web integration (i.e. online purchasing, data management, etc.) turned into a mainstream requirement for serious organizations.
2011 – 2012
‘APP’ development was the new trend. The brilliant marketing of Apple – coupled with the exponential adoption and usage of smart phones has created an environment that no one would have imagined 5-6 years prior. Mobile marketing is here – and here to stay.
2013 and Beyond
‘Websites’ are required – but a ‘Web Presence’ is a necessity. In order for your organization to succeed in the new economy – you require a trusted partner.