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Web 1.0

In the early years of the web, sites were designed around what are now referred to as Web 1.0 elements. These elements included static pages (as oppose to user-generated content), segregated and inaccessible user data, use of frames and tables to position content on the page, prolific GIF buttons (also supported via tables), and email forms. The most significant element of the Web 1.0 experience was that users consumed content and rarely, if ever, contributed in any meaningful way to web site they were visiting.

The phrase Web 1.0 came about in contrast to Web 2.0 (a term coined by design consultant Darcy DiNucci in 1999 and popularized by O’Reilly Media’s 2004 “Web 2.0” conference).

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