Web development in its broadest terms is just any action that creates websites. Cut into smaller sections, web development includes e-commerce business development, web design, web content development, client-side and server-side scripting, and web server configuration. That is of course just simply technically speaking. If you were to ask a web development professional, they would claim that the scope of this only includes the non-design features of websites. This is because web design is a whole other area to such a company.
If someone were to ask me what “web development” was 15 years ago, I would have suggested it perhaps has something to do with spiders spinning silk and looking for quarry. Obviously, that is a form of the term, however and more obviously, that is not what we are speaking of at present. Web development got a huge increase in the mid 1990’s with the internet beginning to gain impetus. Ever since then, it has been one of the best growing industries in the world. You might be stunned to know that smack in the middle of the ’90s, 1995, there were fewer than 1,000 web development companies in the United States. Ten years later, there were more than 30,000 just in America alone.
Perhaps some of the best news connected to web development is that the cost has dropped considerably from the earlier years of the industry. Back at its infancy, it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to create a single website, and I’m sure many of us remember they weren’t all that showy back then. This is significant because it allows mostly every business access to the critical resource of the Internet.
The truth is it’s very difficult for a business to reach their full possible anymore without the use of the Internet. It is where everyone is at. In fact, new studies have shown that more people than not favor using the internet as their shopping place verses a traditional mall. Every business can benefit from web development hands down.
Since the fact that the Internet is a must for businesses to achieve the highest success, the next issue comes in. How do you make a website? Well, it’s not that simple. There are many, many aspects to creating a successful website. I say successful because it is true that most anyone can jump on the Internet and pump out a general, simple website, but not just anyone can create a successful one. As avowed previously, there are many features to web development and only skilled professionals appreciate them all and how to utilize them.
So, what should you be looking for in a web development company? Make sure they offer a large mixture of departments that build, maintain, and optimize your website for the best results possible. Along with the real web development stage, you also have web design, technical or strategic support, software development, writing services including copy writing and proofing, and of course search engine optimization (SEO).