Website Design -Evolution of Browser

Browser Evolution Timeline


Development of Browsers in History

In 1993 the first browser was created and was named the WorldWideWeb, it was developed by Mosaic. The browser at this point in time had very few buttons and some basic colours to it as that was the only type of technology that they have developed at that time.



Internet explorer was introduced in 1995 which also created the use of tables, images and Gifs.  Javascript began to appear on some webpages which meant that the web page could have more complex features, for example in the form of pop-ups. The design at this point in time was still basic, but did have an advance in features such as colour, and images in comparison to Mosaic.


Internet 01


In 1998, Netscape developed a company called the Mozilla Foundation to create a new browser to compete with Internet Explorer. Through time, the browser would develop into Firefox.

The efficency of web designs and technology has changed massivley in the past 20 years as the search engines would not be able to get as many results in comparison to now with millions of results for different types of searches, such as maps, calculations, images, websites and many more. The only moving type of moving objects on the browsers were Gifs, but as time went on, videos were able to be inserted into the browsers which also created large businesses worth billions, such as Youtube. Due to technology developing each day, more and more features are being added onto browsers with new and exciting plug-ins being added in.

Plugins Shockwave

-Flash – This plugin was installed to display web pages and different types of games. The purple of Flash was to compress content on the browser.

-Real Audio – This was mainly used to stream audio and it was used by BBC until 2009.

-Quicktime – This is a format made to handle videos, pictures and audio. It was developed by Apple in 1991.

-Windows Media Player – This is a media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images.



HTTP Cookie is a small piece of information that is stored on the users browser, which allows the browser to remember a small piece of information. For example, a password/email or items that were stored in the shopping basket.


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