Once upon a time if you wanted a website, you would have to learn another language. Of course, if you didn’t want to spend the time learning a new language and had the money, you could always hire someone who already spoke internet. However, if you didn’t have the time to learn another language and you didn’t have the money to hire the job out, you were pretty much totally out of luck. These days things are a little different. Drag and drop web design is a growing industry, allowing anyone with an idea to create a web page or smart phone app.
While the schism between the computer savvy and computer inept is closing, it’s still very useful to have a working knowledge of the framework underlying web development. HTML is that framework underlying all web pages. HTML is an acronym which stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.
Today, you no longer have to know a single thing about HTML and you can have your very own webpage. There are websites which do all of the work for you. You just drag and drop. Put this widget here, that banner there, sprinkle a little text over there in a text box, maybe some content like a top ten list, an about page with some simple text and a picture, a contact page with all of the relevant information and you’re ready to go!
There are website builder tools. They are easy to use and are user friendly. Most of the website builders are free today, so depending upon your business requirement you can choose the design and customize the design. A website builder is a suite of customization tools and gadgets that allow even the most tech inept to build something beautiful on the internet. With a website builder doing tasks, which in the past would have required a knowledge of programming, such as adding a scrolling text box or adding an RSS feed, becomes much simpler due to the fact that all of the difficult programming work is done for you. You can drag and drop and plug and play. It is the essence of creating simplicity for design.
Website builder tools are even expanding into the field of app development. Now, if a company wishes to have an application with their name on it, they can design it using a similar suite of tools as they would have used building their web page. Drag and drop app development design suites are here and are set to explode with the ever growing need for global connectivity.
All in all web development has changed quite a lot in the past 5 – 10 years. What once used to be reading hieroglyphs is now as simple as putting together an IKEA table. This trend is unlikely to wane as demand for and consumption of technology seems poised to grow exponentially in the coming years.