I founded AIM (Ananda Internet Marketing) now Internet West in 1995, and have specialized in designing Internet Commercial E-Commerce Websites with state-of-the-art technology from the very beginning of this ever expanding mass medium.
During the mid to late 1990's I was also the Internet Systems Manager for the Noble Group, a computer consulting firm in Foster City, CA. I maintained and managed their websites The Noble Group.com and Experts.com and designed and developed a multitude of websites for their clients.
In addition I was an instructor for Senior Surfers of Mountain View, CA, teaching adult's computer PC applications and on the staff at San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning Information Technology Program, as a part-time instructor.
I've seen the technology for website development evolved and change over past 20 years. But one thing remains constant and always will, the USABILITY of the site must be simple and intuitively easy to use and navigate. My method and philosophy of website development remains the same. The KISS METHOD (Keep it Simple Stupid).
You and your Website Developer:
While visual appeal is most important, CONTENT has always been and will always be KING when search engines review your website. It is necessary that you provide your website developer with good quality content that is related and relevant to what you do; it is the one of the most valuable things you should focus on during the development of your website.
Think about how you would search for your information, product, or service and provide your Website Developer with a list of key phrases (search phrases). A keyword phrase is two or more words that best describe your web page. For example, if your web page is about "'making wine," your best keyword phrase would be 'wine making.' This will enable the search engines to determine what your website is about.
About the Internet and the World Wide Web: A Brief History
The Internet was established by the US government in 1958 as a worldwide network of computer networks, named ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) in response to the surprise Sputnik launch. Then original mission was to prevent technological surprise and major national issues, including space, ballistic missile defense, and nuclear test detection. The Internet was designed in part to provide a communications network that would work even if some of the sites were destroyed by nuclear attack. Data was broken up into pieces, called packets. The packets were sent to numerous nodes on the way to its destination where the packets were re-assembled as a complete message. If a packet was destroyed at a node, the message would still get through via another node.
It was originally limited to research, education, and government uses. Later it opened up to Medical Institutions and eventually the public. At that point it was a free exchange of information using text only line commands. There were no links or images, graphical user interface (GUI). We had Bulletin Board Systems (the original Social Network) the primary online community through the 1980s and early 1990's, before the World Wide Web arrived (a subset of the Internet). The original Email accounts were through CompuServe and AOL, one had an Internet Address.
In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, known as CERN, created and gave to the internet a new protocol for information distribution. This protocol HTTP, or the (hypertext transfer protocol), which opened the way to the World Wide Web in 1991, is based on hypertext, a system of embedding links to link to other text, pages, images and websites. When you navigate from one Website to another, look at the address bar near the top of your Web browser. You'll find that the www is preceded by (http ://) this indicates that you're on the World Wide Web (which is a subset of the Internet) and that you're using the hypertext transfer protocol.