Written by Stu Kushner

A Short History of The “Website”

The first web pages appeared in August of 1991, as a simple, text-based page with some links.  It basically told what the World Wide Web was all about.

For the archeologically minded, a copy of the the website still exists online.

Early sites were entirely text-based, with minimal graphics and no “layout” to speak of, mostly just headings and paragraphs. Web sites then were entirely text-based with a single-column design and inline links. Initial versions of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and allowed only a basic content structure: headings, paragraphs, and links. Eventually, new versions of HTML allowed the addition of images and later tables were added.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was established in 1994. Its purpose was to set HTML as the standard format for web pages in order to prevent individual companies from building proprietary browsers and programming languages that would minimize the overall purpose and effect of the web as a whole.

“Table-based” layouts came next, giving more options to designers of websites. Designers discovered that it could also add structure to their designs, creating more multi-column layouts.

These table-based designs grew in complexity, with background images that often gave the illusion of a simpler structure to the website. “Spacer” GIFs were used to control whitespace.

HTML sites were very limited in their design options, especially when built with early versions of HTML. The introduction of Flash technology to web design (late 1990′s – early 2000′s), and the popularization of DHTML techniques consisting of several new web technologies such as JavaScript for creating interactive and animated page elements, allowed users to not just read static content, but also to interact with web content as well.

Where is web design headed? We’ll know when it gets here. Enjoy.

Written by Stu Kushner

Web Design HTML and Color Design Tools

 Website Design I look for cool website design tools. Here are some that I found and that I would like to share with you.

  • HTML Code Generator – This site has a screen editor that allows you to create content and then convert it HTML Source code by simply clicking on the “Source” button.
  • Favicon Creator – This lovely little site enables you to import a graphic and then convert it to .ico-file that that you can use as a favicon on your website. The editor allows for easy cleanup.
  • Color Palette Generator –  If you are looking to create a color scheme based on the colors of an image or a logi, this site makes it easy. Simply provide the url of the image and click the “Color Palette-ify!” button.
  • Color Picker – Convert from Hex value to RGB codes and also find complimentary colors.
  • Color Code Generator –  Generate a color code and complimentary color codes for your website.

As I find new tools, I will update this page. And if you find anything you like, let me know and I will add it to the list!