It was made popular less than a couple of decades ago. The web industry is one of the most profitable business in the modern world. The industry that is known for its web development has created a world where information is abundance and available for anyone, anywhere and anytime.
Beside being one of the youngest and the most profitable, web development has been one of the fastest growing industries in the world since the mid-1990s. In 1995 there were fewer than 1,000 web development companies in the United States, but by 2005 there were a massive increase to over 30,000 of such companies in the U.S. alone.
The growth of this industry is main caused by the demand of large businesses wishing to sell products and services to their customers and to automate business workflow.
Web development is a term for the work involved in developing a website for the internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (private network). This can include web design, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting, web server and network security configuration, and e-commerce development. However, among web professionals, "web development" usually refers to the main non-design aspects of building websites: writing markup and coding. Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses (e-commerce), or social network services.
For larger organizations and businesses, web development teams can consist of hundreds of web developers. Smaller organizations may only require a single permanent or contracting webmaster, or secondary assignment to related job positions such as a graphic designer and/or information systems technician. Web development may be a collaborative effort between one or more departments rather than the domain of a designated department.
The growth of the industry and business is responsible for the increase of demand from other related and non-related companies and businesses from any sizes that want to expand their reach for targeted customers to effectively and efficiently sell their products and/or services, and also, to automate their businesses, thus decreasing human error and cost.
Each and every reason a business and company have their own website to increase their exposure, reaching global audience and further increasing their profit. With their own website, every commercial entities can further connect to their customers and clients in easier ways, anywhere, 24/7 with minimun cost. Websites that populate the World Wide Web is the fastest way to spread and gain information.
Smaller website 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. The increase of web development firms available today decreases the cost to develop a website. From the cost of several thousand dollars to less than a thousand, depending heavily on its features, design and complexity.
This fact alone has manifested into many people around the globe setting up new websites daily and thus contributing to increase in web development popularity.
With the advancing technology the world have today, more and more resources are available, and there is also an increase in platforms of which a website can be build and their open-source language they are build with.
E-commerce rises as internet users increase. The business that made its way in buying and selling on the internet has changed how consumers purchase the products they need.
Further innovation that is brought by web development is blog. Blogs approache individuals to share and connect to the global audience. Blogging has given a way to express thoughts and emotions. Web applications like WordPress has made this purpose a step easier. Open source Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Joomla! and Drupal and enterprise CMS like Alfresco have extended web development into new modes of interaction and communication.
The next generation of web development is supported by tools that uses the strong growth. LAMP, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition technologies and Microsoft .NET technologies are some examples that 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.
By the increasing knowledge and technology that includes hardware and devices, the future web will create an atmosphere of connected information that is faster and even more effective without sacrificing significant amount of cost. Innovations will enable web developers to create applications for web services that will connect more available devices, connecting more people in the world, improving the changes that it can contribute to other industries.
In addition, web development has moved to a new phase of internet communication. Computer websites are no longer simply tools for work or commerce but used most for communication. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter provide users a platform to freely communicate, share and being seen. This new form of web communication is also changing e-commerce through the number of hits and online advertisement.