The Internet

The Internet revolution

From it's humble beginnings as a simple network between a few American universities, the Internet has grown to be a large-scale network of millions of computers allowing continuous communication across the globe.

The most common applications of the Internet today are:

  • the World-Wide Web (the Web or WWW)
  • Electronic Mail (E-Mail)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
  • USENET (a news service)

The World-Wide Web is the main reason that the Internet has become so popular - This is the part of the Internet that most people experience.

Why do I need a Web site?

Here are just a few reasons:

  • it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • it is very cost-effective when compared to traditional advertising methods
  • it can be interactive - a feedback form allows your visitors to easily communicate with you when they want
  • it can reach people around the world

Understand your audience

Increasingly people see the Internet as a fantastic tool for obtaining information quickly and efficiently. Although the Web is now well established, many Web sites do not live up to people's expectations. Some of the biggest frustrations experienced by Web site visitors include:

  • too many advertisements
  • slow load times
  • confusing navigation
  • too many pop-up windows
  • overcrowded web pages (too many images or too much information)

Learn from the mistakes of others

When I design a Web site I take into account what you want and perhaps more importantly, what your visitors want - simple, clear, easily accessible information provided as quickly as possible.