The different iterations of the world wide web

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Most users of the internet just see one thing when they open a browser and follow a link: a website. A website or web application Is a visual representation of the HTML and CSS code that is sent to the browser. However, there is a lot going on behind the scenes, and that complexity has evolved throughout the years.

There is a general agreement amongst designers and developers that we are now in the third iteration of the web, more commonly known as web3. Let’s take a cursory look at the present three stages of the web:


When we talk about web 1.0, we refer to the era where websites and content were created by a few, and users spent most of the time online consuming content. Part of the reason was the difficulty of creating and then hosting a website for the average user. People were reluctant to put credit card information online.


Web 2.0 is the stage of the web that put its focus on content created by users. It was a paradigm shift int the way the web was used and gave birth to the social networks and social media sites we see today. The driver behind this shift were web technologies like AJAX and fast JavaScript in the browser.


There is some debate but most agree that web 3.0 is the interaction between users and decentralized apps that come from the various cryptocurrency networks. One example would be the usage of wallet apps like Metamask to enable any site to interact with the Ethereum network. Between smart contracts and dApps, a new breed of online apps like Defi were born.

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