The internet has come a very long way. And apparently, it was very quick too. In 1989, 2 years after the creation of internet, around 41% of adults in the U.S. had used a PC. The 1st mobile phone with access to the internet was introduced in 1996. In 2013, round 55% of people living in the United States had smartphones with the capability to connect to the internet. Now, around 41% of the entire population of the world has access to the internet.
To stay beside the fast-paced fluctuations of the World Wide Web, Weebly, a web-hosting company used their own site to highlight how in just the previous decade, internet and web design has come a long way.
Reading through the lens of the website of Weebly, here are 11 changes we overlooked about the internet:
2006: Internet Explorer and MySpace were the Best
The internet was an entirely different monster in 2006. According to Weebly, there was a bit of craving for complicated design in 2006. As what Weebly told The Next Web, MySpace still was a thing and their website was like a dorm room of a university.
In 2006, almost every web user accessed the internet via Internet Explorer. It was also in 2006 when Facebook spread outside educational institutes. 2006 was also the time Jack Dorsey posted his 1st tweet. With around 75 million users or more, MySpace was the leader of social media platforms.
2007: Apples launched the iPhone, and the seed of smartphones is planted
The plan that sites must become mobile-friendly came into conclusion in 2007. This was with the launch of the first generation iPhone of Apple.
At the time, the phone of choice was Blackberry. According to Pew Research Center in 2007, there were around 35% of Americans saying that they will have a difficulty of giving up their Blackberry gadgets.
2008: Considerations for Mobile-Friendly Internet Continue
The internet was available through iPhones and Android smartphones in 2008. Also, this was the time when owners of websites started to comprehend the value of turning their sites into mobile-friendly.
2009: The Internet Becomes a Content of “at a glance”
In 2009, Weebly had an extreme makeover in their site.
According to the head of brand design at Weebly, Jenny Emick, a static website is not enough anymore and overfeeding individuals with visuals or information means that they will leave your website immediately. They have worked to show a digital space that’s engaging and inviting while being still easy and simple to navigate.
Also, 68% of residents in the United States relied on the internet for information on the recession, television media, and rivaling print in 2009. It was also this year when Twitter had its breakout, earning an estimate of around $1 billion. It was also this time when Facebook earned around 200 million or more new clients.
2010: Images Begin to Join the Internet
A social media focused on sharing photos was introduced in 2010. Both Instagram and Pinterest were released. This activated the significance of online images. Also, internet users become attracted in applications, as 34% of residents in the United States had mobile phones that featured applications in 2010.
2011: LTE enables Quicker Access
LTE started to take hold in 2011. This enabled quicker net speeds and provided developers the chance to add extra details to their sites.
Also, Google Plus was released in 2011. It was also in this year when LinkedIn hit around 99 million clients and the stock is given on the York Stock Exchange.
2012: The Abundant Facebook Year
Even though there were only small changes between 2011 and 2012 according to Weebly, 2012 was Facebook’s year.
Facebook grasped 1 billion users and purchased Instagram in 2012. This showed that images are turning into a significant part of the internet. Also, the social media network debuted on NASDAQ.
2013: It is official, Images take hold on the Web
According to The Next Web, full-bleed images began to become common in 2013. The website of Weebly drastically changed to match the trend. It now includes prominent photography and more visual elements.
According to Emick, it is a comparative term in web design to stay current. Also, it largely depends on the market for which you are designing.
2014: We are Presented to the Immersive Experience
Weebly created their site immersive in 2014. Same goes to other sites. Immersive experience means one with graphics and transitions that tell layers and a story. Having it became normal.
It was also in 2014 when mobile phones accounted for around 24% of all usage of the internet. It was also the time when the shipments of tablets increased by around 53%
2015: Interactive and Scrolling Sites Began Taking Over
Sites started to terminate the “above the fold” design and became truly interactive in 2015. For those who do not know, “above the fold” design is a design where essential content is all located in the upper section of the site so you do not have to scroll.
A lot of websites followed this trend. This made them much more immersive. This also forced users to scroll down actively to look for the content they want.
According to Emick, the design requires feeling new, but not out of touch and approachable to real individuals who would make a very significant choice based on a single visit.
2016 – 2017: Where are we now?
Websites are now taking advantage of videos in the background. This became very famous in 2016 and still becoming more and more famous in 2017. Also, websites are now using typography and moving graphics on the homepage.
The trend in 2015 – scrolling websites and interactive formats also stayed into the 1st parts of 2016.
A lot of people now are using smartphones, which are almost capable of what a computer could do.
So, where does that leave us?