- website for the world wide web (www) Website includes, E-Commerce
business development web content development, client-side/server-side
coding and web server configuration. Web development can range from
developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the
most complete web-based internet applications, electronic business
or social network services.
Since the mid-1990s, web development has been one
of the fastest growing industries in the world. In 1995 there were
fewer than 1,000 web development companies, but by 2005 there were
over 30,000 such companies. The web development industry is expected
to grow over 20% by 2010. The growth of this industry is being pushed
by large businesses wishing to sell products and services to their
customers and to automate business workflow, as well as the growth
of many small web design and development companies.
In addition, cost of Web site development and hosting
has dropped dramatically during this time. Instead of costing tens
of thousands of dollars, as was the case for early websites, one
can now develop a simple web site for less than a thousand dollars,
depending on the complexity and amount of content.Smaller Web site
development companies are now able to make web design accessible
to both smaller companies and individuals further fueling the growth
of the web development industry. As far as web development tools
and platforms are concerned, there are many systems available to
the public free of charge to aid in development. A popular example
is the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). This fact alone has manifested
into many people around the globe setting up new Web sites daily
and thus contributing to increase in web development popularity.
Another contributing factor has been the rise of easy to use WYSIWYG
The next generation of web development tools uses
the strong growth in LAMP and Microsoft .NET technologies to provide
the Web as a way to run applications online. Web developers now
help to deliver applications as Web services which were traditionally
only available as applications on a desk based computer.
Instead of running executable code on a local computer,
users are interacting with online applications to create new content.
This has created new methods in communication and allowed for many
opportunities to decentralize information and media distribution.
Users are now able to interact with applications from many locations,
instead of being tied to a specific workstation for their application