Web Development and its History

When we talk about the ‘internet’, it does not refer to some abstract line of operations. It has more to do with the virtual constructions that parade its space. Now, these virtual constructions are what we call web development. These websites created across various planes and places come together to form the powerful force the internet is this day.

So, these websites make things happen literally. Like say, you want to check up on some information, you just have to go to www.google.com or wikipedia.com. Or you want to converse on social media, then you visit facebook.com; twitter.com etc. or you use their app.

With these long row of opportunities provided by websites, you would want to know the long and enduring history of website developments. That is, how alphabets and codes have come all this way to make our lives better. Well, here is a briefing.

The internet was born in 1969. But at that time, there was no such thing as the internet. You could say not lots of people saw the need for it.

It was only twenty years later, that is in 1989, that the first website came about.

At that time, the websites were just raw HTML data whose servers were simple HTTP daemons. It took quite a lot of work to publish it on the net.

By 1994, the now popular websites got their place online. We had websites like Amazon, Yahoo, Netscape etc. Many common folks, as well as media personalities, still had issues understanding how it worked, especially the use of ‘at’ (@). The programming language used then was FTP. But from 1997-2000, PHP, a programming language purposely meant for developing websites walked in. By this time, about a million organisations and people were enlisted with the “wired world”. The whole idea of dot.coms started getting vibes. And more website builders like Drupal were released.

The wide and wild boon of the Wifi in 2002 further foregrounded the use of the internet.

And as more businesses demanded the use of the internet to manage enterprises, the internet evolved from a monologue to a dialogue. It became a two-way communication stream. Websites now had developers devoted to building them from the scratch. But these developers had the challenge of managing servers.

This challenge solved it slowly, the first step was the release of iPhone 1 in 2007. Now, people started to see the future in cloud computing. With the launch of Github.com in 2009 came a lot of decentralised environments and servers. Also, many website strata started upgrading their system. An example is Pantheon. And with the whole idea of Multi-Cloud Development being put together by them, there are no limitations to creating websites. And now over millions and millions of websites now live on the internet, providing information and solutions for the global space.

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