Tim-Berners Lee, a British engineer and computer programmer, is credited with doing something really special that most of us tech-savvy folks can really appreciate. Yes, with the help of a bunch of computer scientists who wanted to explore communication through computer networks in the early 80s at a European high energy physics research facility, he not only invented the World Wide Web but the first website as well.
The objective of the setup designed by Tim-Berners Lee was two-fold: to create the ability to link academic papers electronically as well as create a platform where these scientists at CERN could communicate with ease and quickly with other experts at other labs around the world.
Tim worked on the standard hypertext language protocol (HTML) and the first web browser that converted the information into screen-based text. And only two decades later, it has literally exploded and revolutionized how we view technology as well as how we live our lives, in a world where the Internet is no longer considered a ‘want’ but, a need.
When it comes to web design aspects, the earliest web sites were developed with basic HTML (classified as a markup language later with versions such as XHTML and XML) but has evolved rapidly while also incorporating Style Sheet languages, Client-side and server-side scripting, database and multimedia technologies in today’s world.
With the growing awareness of the power that the Internet offers its users, web design has changed to a profession that requires not just an understanding of programming but as a complete skill set that is involved in presenting content deftly through the medium of the World Wide Web.
Much like theater, film and television get together for a couple of nights to celebrate their best work over the past years, the internet industry also has a slew of awards that are given out to the best websites created year after year.
So, here are the best three website awards that are given for innovation and excellence in the internet industry:
1. Favorite Website Awards (FWA)
With traffic of two million visitors a month, the FWA claims that it is the most visited website award program. The FMA bases its results on these factors: Design (40%), Navigation (25%), Content (15%), Graphics (15%), and Personality (5%), and thus puts up the Site of the Day, of the Month and of the Year on their site. One more award is the People’s Choice Award that is awarded based on the online people vote.
2. Interactive Media Awards
With the objective of encouraging innovation and excellent in website design, the Interactive Media Council, a non profit organization of web developers, designers, advertisers and other web professionals seek to offer the winners a boost in marketing and exposure. The awards are annual, and the factors for deciding winners are Design, Usability, Feature Functionality, Content, and Standards Compliance & Cross-Browser Compatibility across a hundred categories.
While being one of the oldest awards for the industry dating back to 1997, the WebAwards grants annual awards to websites in 96 categories for which entries are encouraged. These entries are based on factors such as Design, Innovation, Interactivity, Content, Copywriting, Technology, and Ease of use, and are given equal weight.