The Future Of An Industry
Web Design Automation (WDA): Websites, Social Networks and Sub-Networks created by WDA compliant software do not require a Webmaster, Graphic Designer, Programmer or Information Technologist to design or deploy. WDA software also provides built in hosting for any websites or sub-networks created using Web Design Automation software. Any database structures and dependent functionalities needed by any created websites are automatically generated, and the ability to turn on or off any data reliant feature or presentation mechanism requires no additional programming. Administrative input by users is typically limited to wizard style selection via check-box, and the subsequent saving of any new configurations. Web Design Automation also allows the "on the fly" switching, addition, removal or substitution of feature sets inherent to created networks, sub-networks or individual websites without the loss of pre-existing data or settings unrelated to the components being manipulated. Web Design Automation products also support infinite graphical customization through the use of properly formatted HTML/CSS compliant templates. WDA products also provide support through SDK's for Third Party Widget development. The future of web design will largely be shaped by this type of automation software as the consumer market grows for these types of services. Analyst estimate that there will be over 450 million new websites purchased by the year 2015. More than 80% are expected to be built by novice webmasters using WDA and CMS software.
WDA (Web Design Automation) -VS- CMS (Content Management Systems)
WDA compliant products are different from Content Management Systems in that they are coded by a single provider and can not be composed or "built up" using modules from more than one code provider. The previous requirement ensures a single support path for users. WDA products must also provide instand web hosting service for ANY website they create (negating the customers need for a third party web hosting provider). WDA products must provide a Self-Service web interface to users that allows them to create websites from anywhere on the Internet. Lastly, WDA products must be able to function without ANY administration beyond initial setup of any kind, until a user desires to make a functional change or feature adjustment. In general, CMS products typically allow the build up of functionality through the addition of Third-Party modules that can be individually purchased and added after the CMS product is installed onto a web server. Furthermore, few CMS products allow the creation of stand alone websites instead opting for individual profiles that together make up a connected network. Social Networks created with WDA products are comprised of individual websites that in turn have individual members with individual profiles. WDA generated websites do share common functionality traits with CMS profiles like the ability to communicate from one website to another, the ability to invite and communicate with individual members and user management.
History of WDA: The WDA industry emerged in the mid to late 2000's and grew out of the need for the non-technophile or resource limited consumer to create custom Websites without the involvement of the previously required Information Technology, Webmaster, Network Administration, Graphic Design, Search Engine Optimization, Hosting or Programming professionals needed to do so in the past. Also of concern was the time and cost associated with website design, deployment and hosting. Pioneering technologies like Content Management Systems provided baselines for the creation of new, increasingly automated functionality which eventually led to WDA. The industry, through the attempts of several pioneering software and technology firms sought to automate the entire process of web design and deployment to provide solutions to the lower end of the market space and the home based user. Websites that require certain types of animation or integration with certain types of data streams still require highly skilled professional services to construct and are like to remain this way indefinitely.