Firstly, the Internet and World Wide Web are two different things, but often mistaken for one another. Even myself, I sometimes refer to the Internet as a broader term for the WWW, since it is the Internet that provides the underlying technologies for the WWW.

A brief history lesson: According to Google, the Internet was created in 1983 by Tim Berners-Lee as a way for computers to communicate over long distance, originally for military purpose. The WWW was created in 1989 as an extension to the Internet while Berners-Lee was working at CERN as a way for individuals to share information in the form of web pages. A collection of web pages hyperlinked together is known today as a website.

Back before smartphones were a thing and everyone was looking at websites through a monitor the shape of a cube and in beige or light grey, websites were very basic and had very little style. The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standard wasn’t even published until 1996.

Nowadays, 30 years later, websites need to take into account the various screen sizes for smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as desktop computers. The name of this standard is responsive web design. The term responsive referring to the website’s ability to adapt and “respond” its content to the screen size it is being viewed on. This means 3 columns need to collapse down into 1 column on the smallest screen size and text needs to wrap.

Why is this important? Because no one likes having to navigate a website with a poor user experience. If you have to pinch and zoom to read the text, that’s an immediate no-no. If you have to scroll horizontally to access content off the edge of the screen, again, you have a big problem. Not even this, but Google ranks responsive websites a lot lot higher than non-responsive websites.

You’d be surprised that even today, in 2021, I still come across websites that aren’t responsive and you have to perform some of the painstaking actions I just described above. If this sounds like your website, I would strongly urge you to have your website re-designed by someone competent.

With most open-source CSS frameworks like Bootstrap, Bulma and W3.CSS being responsive out of the box, I don’t understand why some websites are still stuck in the 80s.

Rant over for this week, I hope you’re enjoying or at least learning from my grumblings.

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