“People have always been unaware of new environments because they’re afraid of them from the moment of birth. People sense that the new environment around them is hostile. It’s a real threat to their whole existence and so every time an environment changes, we hasten to seek security and comfort in the old environment. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin that eats with one’s consent, pursues newborn gods though they are made and molded of things past. The new is always made up of the old or rather what people see in the new is always the old thing: the rearview mirror; the future is the present and this is something that people are terrified of.” – Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Herbert Marshall MaLuhan was a Canadian philosopher and predictor of the World Wide Web almost three decades before WWW was actually invented thus predicting that the future is in the present. This scenario fits well when it comes to business owners who started out in the tech world to optimize not just their digital identity but also through websites when it was introduced.
However, it begs the question – why did the WWW emerge or better yet why were websites created in the first place?
Tim Berners-Lee was responsible for this. He is a British computer scientist credited for inventing the first-ever website on August 6, 1991 at CERN (World’s largest and most respected centre for scientific research based in Geneva, Switzerland). At first, Tim created the website for the sole purpose of automated information-sharing between scientists, researchers and institutes worldwide that looked something like this:
By June of 1993, there were 130 websites available on the Internet. As a matter of fact, the growth of the World Wide Web (WWW) was exponentially faster than the growth of the Internet (see image below):
Some of the websites that were developed in early 1990s included:
2. World Wide Web Worm (WWWW)
3. ACME Laboratories
Now the question is, what did these companies gain by developing their websites and putting themselves out on the Internet? Answer – they showed the world that they believe in change for the better and to be one with it, it is necessary to start with it to reap the benefits rather than wait and see what happens.
Metaphorically, they believed that the Future is in the present meaning that the coming era will be all about information technology. Chronologically, however, this evolution in the website – as an object – is a cumulative effect of advancements in technologies and mass communication. The first web page that was published by Berners-Lee in the early 1900s embodied an ecosystem for website development and design that led to an awe-inspiring transformation of businesses worldwide.
Subsequently, this disruptive web development and designing ecosystem led to creation of ultra-modern, time-relevant, responsive and stable programming languages and improved versions of past languages to help website development and design companies create websites, web, and mobile apps right from the scratch, that too in a record time.
Today, there are more than 1,884,815,708 live sites across the internet and it’s increasing drastically everyday.
Web Development and Designing in the Present: 2021
With the arrival of a new decade – 2021, businesses have incalculable possibilities to turn their ideas into money-making brands, services, and products. Provided that they have blueprints for website development and designing along with well-documented content, sale and marketing strategies. And – Viva la Vida – they can go from nowhere to everywhere digitally.
Having said that, more and more businesses are turning to the Internet to get themselves visible across search engines. Web designers and developers are rightly equipped with tools and resources to create customer-friendly and engaging UX (User- Experience) and interfaces to help businesses achieve their business goals. For instance, you can run your online store with a safe-and-secure payment gateway or shopping cart, or integrate voice search capabilities to optimize the functionality of your website.
However, in the web development and designing world – ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ makes no sense because what worked for somebody before might not be resourceful for you now given significant changes in the customers’ needs and evolving technological trends.
On the bright side, according to Digital Commerce 360: a leading research research and news company that works to produce competitive data for retail businesses and B2B companies:
“Ecommerce hit $408.51 billion, up 21.9% from $335.15 billion in the first two quarters of 2020. Plus, online penetration reached up to 19.0% from 18.2% for 2018.”
If this is the present now, think about the possibilities of owning a website today and reaping the benefits in the future.
Web Development and Designing in Future: 2021 and Beyond
As technology is evolving constantly, humans have become inquisitive to chalk out ways to get more innovative, agile, and creative than ever before in every walk of life. And, this time, the walk is ‘website development and designing’.
Therefore, unlike other services and industries, web development is the first-recipient of every technological change. This is the reason that not a first mover but a fast-mover can survive into the world of web development and designing, no matter what.
For instance, the post-Covid19 era is marking significant changes in how brick-and-mortar stores are operating. Every individual wants to do everything online as it is the biggest advantage of staying home, and staying safe. If the trend continues, the figures mentioned above in regards to the boom in ecommerce stores, it could double and triple in figures.
So the question is do you want to be a part of this change and benefit from it?
Wrapping Up - Website Design and Development: Future is in the Present
Hopefully, effective and unique information and trusted data shared here will enlighten you and will help you understand the incredible future prospects of professional web development and designing for your business. So, reach out to us at Black Dot Technologies where we help clients with high-end websites, web and mobile app development because we believe Future is in the Present.