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Web Development Industry

Compare to other businesses, the industry of website development is relatively new. It has not been into existence up until the invention of the Internet in 1969 and the World Wide Web in 1990. However, website building was not an instant hit during the first few years from the launching of the world’s first ever and only website in the world, developed by Tim Berners-Lee in December 1990. In fact, there were only 10 websites in the World Wide Web at the end of 1991.

People saw the potential of web development as an industry only at the start of 1996, in which there were already 100,000 websites on the web. In 2008, there were already 162 million websites and they continue to increase up to this time since people are turning into the Internet to look for information. In fact, there were already 2.27 billion Internet users around the world at the end of 2011. Because of this obvious hit, web development became one of the fastest growing industries in the world, in just a short period of time.

The industry of web development is broad. It offers a lot of work opportunities. It also covers other related disciplines like web design, graphic design, web maintenance, and search engine optimization. Job opportunities vary from the development of Internet web pages to the construction of Intranet websites. And since everything has gone global, it is also important that websites must bridge language barriers among nations. Because of this, the development of multilingual websites has become a trend, too. However, business prospects involving web development aren’t limited to these. In the knowledge era, in which everything has gone digital, people want to use advance ways of communication as well as closing business transactions.

Today, web developers are also creating e-commerce websites to make product buying and selling more convenient for both shoppers and retailers. Moreover, since there is a great demand for global communication and online socialization, they also start developing social media sites like social networking and bookmarking sites, video and photo media sharing, Internet forums and blogsites. Furthermore, since the invention of smart phones, web developers have started to create mobile apps and mobile websites to give mobile users a comfortable browsing experience.

But aside from the obvious thirst for information, communication and socialization of the people living in the 21st century, what could be the other reasons why web development is one of the most in demand businesses today? We listed some reasons why people would likely put up his/her own web development company over other forms of entrepreneurship.

  1. Nowadays, more businesses and organizations are maximizing the Internet to promote and advertise their products and services as well as causes. Thus, there is a high demand for website building and web hosting.
  2. The start-up cost in web development is lower than any other types of business. Therefore one can easily start his/her web development establishment using the available technologies and resources in website building and designing.
  3. A person, who is knowledgeable in web programming (and other related disciplines), can actually as start as a freelance developer or as a part-time programmer while still pursuing a degree at school or still working in an establishment.

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