The History and Evolution of Web Design [Infographic]

Web design has evolved significantly since the mid to late-1990s when the most popular sites were,, and 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,,,, and 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 and

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,,,, and 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!

Web Design


Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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