Changes in the way we interact with the web

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Once upon a time, creating a website was hard work. Essentially only the technically included could make websites. You needed to know HTML, CSS, JS and a little bit about how servers could be used. This changed with the advent of what you see is what you get (WYSISG) editors. My first experience of creating a website was weekend course on Microsoft Front Page. Without any technical knowledge WYSISYG editors allow users to create websites visually. The most technical thing one needed to know is the server details (FTP account) usually given by the website host.

Even then though, the pages were often static, and one developer would work on them. This isn’t scalable for business that need dynamic content and have multiple users posting content. It also required the use of software that was propriety, so licencing could be an issue for smaller organisations. One major criticism of these editors is that often-produced code that was unnecessary making loading time longer than necessary (which was an issue for slow internet connections!)

Now website creation has become much easier and a lot more advanced. WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that started of as a simple blogging platform. Blogging makes it much more accessible for the general populace to publish their thoughts and respond to comments. WordPress is the most popular CMS accounting for almost 30 % of CMS based websites according to buildwith.com , though there are others such as Drupal and Joomla that also deserve a mention.

Recently, just for fun I decided to make a joke website for my friends whilst on a train ride. Within 45 minutes I managed to register a domain, create a cPanel and WordPress instance and populate the site with content. Given, I’m some what technical but this couldn’t have been done a couple of years ago on a mobile phone. Ironically the hardest part was finding a good plugin that would allow my friends to post memes. Today I’m writing and publishing this post from Microsoft Word for the first time. It’s a testament to how fast the web has developed in its accessibility. Now nearly anyone can publish a post with a word processor that they are familiar with.

After publishing the post I’ve realised that some of the spacing is off for the images. For myself I’ll probably stick to posting from WordPress, the Gunterberg plugin (which will come as a default in the next illiteration of WordPress) allows for an easier way of formatting content. For those interested posting blogs from Microsoft Word see https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-use-microsoft-word-to-publish-directly-to-your-wordpress-site/ for more information.

 

 

2 CMS Trends Source: https://trends.builtwith.com/cms