1996 - Affordable Web Design Ltd founder launches company's first website on January 1, 1996, offering web design services to small Canadian businesses at affordable prices. Web design styles were very basic, mostly being " scroll down " and there were very few rules governing what to incorporate into websites to attract internet searches. Although large corporations used the internet for their internal communications, it did not become popular with the general public as an everyday occurence until 1999. Affordable Web Design Ltd has been at the forefront of web development since we started over 26 years ago and we have always kept up with the constant changes in web design and development in order to offer the most effective websites to small businesses today. Our mission today is still to offer the lowest cost yet effective web services possible.
1996 saw the introduction of a search engine called Google, whose name stemmed from Googol, the name given to the mathematical number 10 to the power of 100, considered an incredibly large mathematical number. According to the founders of Google, their name was chosen to reflect their mission " to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.". At the time, there were a handful of search engines such as Yahoo and AOL, but searching for information was not simple. Google's new algorithm made searching a lot easier than it had been up to then.
1996 - Microsoft Hotmail Launch. " We are going to give you a great new way to get email. It's called 'Hotmail'. Be free from your internet service provider!" proclaimed the world's first web-based email when it launched on 4th July 1996.
By 1996, the 3.5" square floppy disk was in its last throes, soon to be replaced by the optical disk drive which was used for CD's, DVD's and Blu-Rays. Hard disk drives, ZIP drives, and USB flash drives eventually took over as the primary medium for storage in the market. First developed in 1976, the "floppy" was a magnetic storage disk first released with only 160 KB of disk space. The original disks were 8-inch squares, which were then replaced by 5-1/2 inch disks and then eventually by 3-1/2 inch diskettes in the 1980's.
By the end of 1996, there were 36 million Web users. By 1999, there were 360 million users. Currently as of 2021, the global population has reached 7.8 billion people. There are over 4.9 billion unique internet users, accounting for approximately 63% of the entire population. The average growth rate of internet users is 8.2% per year. More than 25% of websites are in English. There are still over 2.9 billion people with no internet access.
As of 2021, there are more than 1.8 billion websites online. 4.28 billion people use their mobile devices to go. Twenty-six "smart objects" are located near every human on earth.