Designers took advantage of the available features at the time and developed linear Web Sites. The web sites followed a top to bottom and left to right pattern and consisted of images and fancy text design which utilized Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This lead to many new web design companies in India and the world over being formed.
Later a new standard of HTML was released with more features and capabilities, even new browsers that supported these standards became commonly available. Thus the Web Site design too took a turn towards incorporating more images compared to text taking advantages of the faster Internet speeds as well. The coding became more complicated and the graphics more frequent. The use of brighter colours became more common and banners replaced headings. The Web Designer’s also took advantage of the feature rich textual content designing feature like multi column layout that was so far not possible.
Flash was a popular tool that was introduced initially utilized as part of websites but later becoming powerful enough to be used to make entire web sites. Thus this period saw a great many layouts built exclusively in Flash and it was quite a hit. Though a certain part of the population believed that since Flash required a plug-in it would hamper the popularity of their site and hence opted for an alternative in the form of GIF animations.
Thus Web Design has come a long way and has seen many limitations in terms of speed and technology. But all that is behind us now since the speed of the Internet has since increased ten fold and so has the technology. The Website designers these days can allow their creative ideas to flow seamlessly being assured that they have the technology to back them up.
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