The biggest websites of today weren't launched online with the exact look and features that they have now. To attract more visitors and subsequently match the demands of their users, they probably underwent changes continuously. Their web design showed the most evident of these changes. Just how far had their designs came compared to their old ones? We compiled old web designs of the top three websites today, and show how these changes mattered.
Popular search engine Google had always incorporated a “less is more” look on its homepage. More than a decade ago however, its design included stocky green blocks containing links which took a large portion of the page. White has won over its homepage today, now featuring a sleeker logo and opting to place links on the upper and lower parts of the page instead of crowding them in the middle along with everything else. Though not much has changed on Google's design, its functionality and minimalistic style holds the very appeal of the search engine.
Yahoo!'s old homepage design, on the other hand, was cluttered with hyperlinks. There was also no banner picture to go with the top news stories unlike today. It was definitely a good call for Yahoo! to have introduced an organized sidebar for its topic links, a slideshow of images to accompany the news and to have videos of them readily available. While Google took a minimalistic approach in its design, Yahoo! decided to take numerous topics and have them outlined for easy browsing.
Facebook's initial design had the site's name written as “[thefacebook],” space suspiciously missing and opting for brackets for emphasis. It kept its blue and white color scheme, though its overall sleeker navigation today, as well as having the sign-up requirements already pulled up on the homepage looks more inviting to potential users and less like a shady forum.
A common trend in the changes made by these three is the introduction of font variety.
Yesterday's web pages dominated by Times New Roman were replaced with smaller, thinner fonts to give reprieve to the eye and for text to not seem monotonous and intimidating. Another is the inclusion of more multimedia – photos, videos, even flash objects. Adding these to the actual link has become substantial in increasing page views.
These old web designs might seem strange or funny at first glance, but, if anything, it only shows how diverse and ever-changing the art of web designing is. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. As long as Internet users continue to demand and deem necessary what makes for an easier, more productive and entertaining web browsing, websites and their designs are sure to follow.
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