You might be wondering what Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 are? Or how they compare to one another. This article explains the brief history of web interfaces and also gives a quick overview of their differences.
Web 1.0: The Beginning
Web 1.0 is a term that describes the early days of the World Wide Web and associated technologies. It was a time before smartphones, social media, and search engines existed. It was an era of simple websites, primarily written in HTML. The main purpose of Web 1.0 was to deliver content to users and provide information.
Unlike today’s websites, the first generation of websites were very simple—they had a few text links on them and no graphics! They were also often referred to as “static” pages because they showed little or no interactivity, like the page you see on Google today when you search for something like “How do I make a website?”.
Programmers created the first websites by writing code and uploading it to their servers. Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) was invented in 1996 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and it changed everything! The HTTP protocol enabled information to be transmitted among and between these computers.
The Basics of a Web 1.0 Site Include
– Static site pages
– Content and data are stored on a server
– In order to position content on a page grids and tables are used
– Pages are made using a Common Gateway Interface
– HTML forms are sent through email
Web 2.0 : The Present
Web 2.0 describes the second wave of the Internet, which started in the mid-2000s. It refers to a combination of technologies, processes, and social media that has changed how we use the Internet and interact online. Web 2.0 has been described as “a massive paradigm shift in how we think about information”. It allows users to create their own content on a website or blog, share it with others, modify it, and publish it back out into the world again. Social media is a dynamic interaction between people and content. By using social media, people can share information much more efficiently, and blogs and wikis allow you to create your own content while also sharing it with others around the globe easily. Our lives have been impacted by Web 2.0 as it has allowed better collaboration and organisation.
Web 2.0 encompasses many different technologies and trends, but the most common are:
– Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and instagram
– Online communities such as forums or message boards
– Online shopping sites like Amazon
– Digital content creation tools like video editing programs and video sharing platforms
– Mobile apps that allow users to interact with other people without having to log on to a computer
Web 3.0 : The Future
Web 3.0 is an evolutionary stage of the internet. It’s built on blockchain, the technology that enables decentralisation. Decentralisation is the process of distributing a system’s control among multiple users, groups or components. Web 3.0 will remove intermediaries (banks, governments server and agency owners) between you and that website you want to visit. It gives you more control over your data, provides an open standard for communication, allows you to have easier access to data/services wherever they are located and creates a permanent ledger of transactions on the blockchain so it can’t be tampered with again in any way.
A few benefits of Web 3.0 include:
Transparency: Everyone in the network can see exactly what’s going on at any time by looking at all data stored on the blockchain
Trust : Using cryptography, the system ensures that only those whose identity has been verified through digital authentication tools such as passports or social security numbers are allowed to participate in transactions on this network; this prevents any fraud from occurring.
Security: Since nobody owns or controls the Web, nobody can steal data or information. Additionally, attacks on websites will be nearly impossible.
Click here to read our article about Web 3.0, where we explain what it is and why it could be the future of the web.