Introduction to becoming a freelance web designer
The last ten to fifteen years has seen several enormous leaps in technology that have given us the Internet that we know and love today.
Initially invented by the US military to give them a communications network that could survive a nuclear attack, the ARPANET, was developed. In 1969 the first computers were linked, they were located at the University of California at Los Angeles, SRI (in Stanford), University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah. This early Internet was later adopted by scientific and government establishments to assist research as an aid to speed communication.
In the mid-nineties easy to use web browsers such as Netscape and Internet Explorer came onto the scene and this totally transformed the way the Internet was used - no longer a text-based medium the web was now comprised of images and the Internet took another massive leap forward.
Life before internet has now become hard to imagine. The internet runs the world, and there are billions of websites, ranging from blogs to social media platform to business websites, to business that operate only on the internet. In today’s society, a website has become a representation of a business. A website are a huge part of businesses, therefore the demand for web designers is also great.
Having a mobile friendly website is essential, in today’s day and age where mobile is king. From shopping to social media, people are spending more and more time on their smartphones. As a web designer working on mobile-friendly websites is something that is popular right now as business websites need to become mobile friendly in order to reach the huge pool of consumers.
So to succeed in this industry you will not only need to be multi-skilled but must also relish the challenge of learning new technologies and skills to keep up to date.
Hedley Thomas - Web Site Consultancy Services. www.tactics.co.uk
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