Introduction to Website Design

What is the Web?

The World Wide Web is a system of Internet servers that support specially formatted documents (HTML).

... but it is not the same thing as the Internet.

Ok, so what is the Internet?

The web (HTML), but also

email, video, file sharing, games...

It is millions of computers worldwide, connected together to share information

(really) short history of the Internet

ARPANET - 1960s

Written about in 1961, created by US Department of defense in 1969

Internet - 1970s

email invented, Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn design TCP,
1976: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first email

(really) short history of the Internet

Internet - 1980s

DNS (.com, .net, .edu) system created

World Wide Web - 1990s

HTTP/HTML - the world wide web - created by Tim Berners-Lee

Some statistics

The first website was published in 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee

Some notable websites and their launches:

1995: Amazon

1998: Google

2004: Facebook

2005: YouTube

2006: Twitter

In September 2014 there were 1 billion websites

Hosting options

Buy a domain

Register: Many options (ex. Namecheap, Gandi,

Search: Lean Domain Search

Web hosts

With domain registration or

PC Mag - The Best Web Hosting Services for 2015

Website builders

  • low cost
  • wix

  • freemium
  • weebly

  • freemium
  • Wordpress

    More than 60 million websites

    Started as a blogging platform


    Learning HTML

    By example: View source


    Other technologies used in most web pages



    What about mobile?

    responsive css

    Website Types

    Traditional / CMS

    ex. Yahoo

    Web application

    ex. Google Maps


    ex. TechCrunch

    One page

    ex. Cansmith

    For the record


    Now it's your turn!