ONLINE WEB COMPANIES
Web and IT Services By JP LOGAN
The explosion of the internet over the past 20 years has led to the development of one of the newest creative mediums: the website.
The birth of browsers that could display images was the first step into web design as we know it. The closest option available to structure information was the concept of tables already existing in HTML. So putting tables within tables, figuring out clever ways to mix static cells with fluid cells was the thing, started by David’s Siegel’s book Creating Killer Sites. Though it didn’t feel totally right since the main purpose of a table is to structure numbers, it was still the common method to design the web for quite some time. The other problem was the difficulty to maintain these fragile structures. This is also the time when the term slicing designs became popular. Designers would make a fancy layout, but it was up to developers to break it into small pieces and figure out the best way to make that design work. On the other hand, tables had some awesome features like the ability to align things vertically, be defined in pixels or in percentages. The main benefit was that it was the closest to a grid we could get back then. It was also the time when so many developers decided not to like front-end coding…Read more from Froont.
Challenges of the Web
The following challenges contribute to this discrepancy and impede the Web from reaching its full potential:
- Content Gap. Creation of locally-relevant content on the Web is impeded in many places, not by lack of the Internet, but by a lack of knowledge. Life-critical information and services are in limited supply, especially for those who need help the most. (see the Web Foundation’s response)
- Technology Gap. More than one billion people who read poorly, read only languages not well-supported on the Web, or have disabilities are inhibited from creating and consuming Web content because of the current state of technology and practice. In addition, the introduction of incompatible and proprietary technologies, uninformed policies, censorship and other challenges threaten the vision of the Web as a single, universal medium for the sharing of information for all people. (see the Web Foundation’s response)
- Research Gap. The Web is not just technology, but “humanity connected by technology”. Even experts do not fully comprehend the complexity and potential of this evolving system of people, information and links. This is a risk to the creative, yet responsible, evolution of the Web. (see the Web Foundation’s response)
Until now, there has been no coordinated effort to address these significant challenges and to promote the Web as an agent of human empowerment. To fill this void, the World Wide Web Foundation was launched by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, and others who have the knowledge and passion to realize the potential of the Web as an empowering medium.
The easiest way to register a domain is via the web. There are thousands of companies offering to register a domain name on your behalf. It is worth shopping around as pricing does vary. There are also options to purchase your domain name at the same time as your hosting package, which is often cheaper.
Putting the search term ‘domain names’ in a search engine will return many results of companies offering to register Domain Names on your behalf. Have a good hunt around the Web to find the best deal. Make sure you read the small print. Also, read some of the specialist Internet magazines, these often have recommendations and reviews, that may point you in the right direction.
The official organization that oversees the Domain Name register records will vary from country to country. You may get a certificate as proof of ownership sent to you after registering.
Most companies that offer registration via the web will first run a search to make sure the domain name you wish to register is not already taken.
You don’t need a website to register a Domain Name. Because each Domain Name has to be unique, some people prefer to register their name straight away to avoid the risk that someone else might register it before them.