Web design has evolved significantly since the mid to late-1990s when the most popular sites were aol.com, webcrawler.com, netscape.com and yahoo.com. User experience wasn’t a top priority—and common navigation and organization elements consisted of the top search bar, graphic site navigation and text-based directory. There were 9,000,000 sites by the end of the decade.
Between 2000 and 2005, common navigation and organization elements included the search bar, top navigation tabs and left bar categories. There were 70,000,000 sites at the end of this stretch—and the top ones included apple.com, msn.com, ebay.com, napster.com, adobe.com and microsoft.com. The period between 2006 and 2012 saw the popularization of login screens. Common navigation and organization elements included top navigation tabs, login screen and landing page. Two of the top sites during this phase were reddit.com and google.com.
Here in 2013, web design has been all about limited navigation. The login screen, landing page and search boxes are core navigation and organization elements. The top sites include facebook.com, twitter.com, wikipedia.com, wordpress.com, linkedin.com and tumblr.com. There are now over 250,000,000 sites—and mobile web design is now vitally important.
Which web browser do you happen to use? Google Chrome has now dethroned Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser.
To learn more about the history and evolution of web design, check out the infographic below!