Happy World Wide Web Day

What would your job look like without the web?

On August 1 each year, we celebrate World Wide Web Day, a day in which we acknowledge the birth of the very first website and the rise of our interconnected society through the online world.

The first ever website

The World Wide Web (usually called ‘the web’) was developed in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at CERN, as a method of communicating with his colleagues via hyperlinks. The first website released to the public was published in August 1991 and served as a page describing the World Wide Web project, providing information on how users could set up their own web server and then create their own website and web page design, as well as how internet users could search the web for information.

The difference between the internet and the web

The term internet and the web are often used interchangeably, but did you know they are not the same thing? They are related, but not quite the same thing. The internet refers to a massive system of networks, connecting billions of computers globally and allowing them to communicate as long as they are connected to the internet. The information that travels throughout the internet does so in a variety of languages, identified as protocols.

Whereas the World Wide Web (or simply called The Web) is the way we access information which is built over the channel of the Internet. The web uses the HTTP protocol to communicate data. Web utilises browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer to access “web documents” otherwise known as web pages.

The web is really just a small portion of the Internet. The internet is used for things like email, apps, instant messaging and file transferring (FTP).

Growing jobs that would exist without the web or the internet

Social Media Marketers

It’s hard (or easy for some) to remember a time before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As social media becomes more important for businesses, so has the need for specialists to develop social media strategies as part of a wider marketing plan.

Web Developers

This is by far the fastest growing job in the world, with most kids getting taught to code in schools. Web developers are tasked with building websites, testing and documenting software.

Web Designers

From user experience (UX) designers to user interface (UI) designers to graphic designers, the web has paved the way for these native creators to develop a smooth online experience, via responsive website design, digital content, imagery and information hierarchy.

SEO Specialist

Search Engine Optimisation is a huge part of the digital industry. Whether in agency or part of an in-house team, SEO specialists are responsible for ensuring a company or brand is found in the search engine results page (SERP). This can be achieved through technical on-site work and analysis, as well as creative content.

Web/Data Analyst

These people are data-driven individuals who can identify the ways in which a website can be improved and if there are any bugs that need fixing. With this data, they can make an action plan to assist business direction.

As a full-service Brisbane digital and creative agency, iFactory’s experienced team of website designers, digital developers, and creative specialists are ready to work with you to produce a responsive website design that speaks to your business and user goals.  Contact iFactory today.

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