First blog in our new series on web building

on Wed 14 Jan

History of the Web


Now, we’re not pretending to be expert historians on all things World Wide Web, that’s what Wikipedia is for, but we thought it might be fun to start right at the beginning, and pull out a few of our favourite top facts on the web, and the websites it has housed over the years.



Remember when?

1995 - 1996: The two ground-breaking years that we saw Alta Vista, Ask Jeeves and Yahoo! Directory begin to help us find the newly-launched eBay and amazon sites.  

1997: The year that Dreamweaver, a WYSIWYG static web page development tool was launched.

1998: MSN Search (now Bing), Google, and PayPal joined the scene. And from this point onwards there was no looking back.

1999: the term Web 2.0 was coined, and then later popularised in 2004. It refers to a web that’s no longer just a platform hosting static website pages, but one that enables engagement and collaboration, database connections and, in today’s form, is no longer limited to the personal computer

1999: The year also saw SoundJam MP being launched (it was then sold in 2000 to Apple to form iTunes), became one of the the first weblog publishing systems, and paved the way for the social networking sites of the future


2000: Mumsnet is launched - it’s now one of the most influential sites in the UK

2003: Saw the launch of Wordpress as an open-source blogging tool and CMS (content management system)

2003 - 2006: The four-year rise of social networking sites, with LinkedIn and MySpace in 2003, Facebook in 2004, YouTube in 2005 and Twitter in 2006

2004: Important to us (!) this is the inception year of our parent company, Jelerang

2006: The jQuery Foundation is launched as a member-supported non-profit trade association for web developers

2007: The Webby Awards launches a new category for mobile websites - highlighting the increasing trend of accessing websites when away from the PC


2011: Bootstrap is released by Twitter to help developers build new web apps. It’s a responsive framework that we still use today.

2013: Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as the most popular browser, making web development much easier

2014: The easy-to-use Smart Little Web platform was launched, giving small and local businesses access to professional, beautiful and effective websites.

Phew. And what does all of this mean for today? Well, that there’s a rich foundation for today’s websites to build upon of course! :-)


And then we come to this year, where the focus of 2015 is set to be content marketing. This is all very well, but only if your client has a site built using responsive web design. The winners and losers of 2015 will be marked out by how well they engage with audiences across multiple channels, platforms and devices.


So, if you’re new to website creation, take it from us, making sure that you’re building a website that can be viewed properly on any device should be high up on your priority list.


Please stay tuned for our next blog… Three things to look for when choosing a web building platform

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