The benefits of cloud computing are well known in both the computing and business worlds. However, there is one aspect of the internet that may have to be re-thought as the web-based technology takes hold.
This is web design
As someone who has a couple of websites, I use a piece of software that I downloaded to my computer. It’s easy to use and uploading the content is simple – via something called File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
Until now this is how it’s always been – uploading your website details to a host server.
However, while I was uploading my own details recently I began to wonder about the future.
For me, my own needs are simple. I like the idea of being able to see what it is I have created before uploading onto the net. But for others with more complex knowledge and ideas, how will these “experts” in web design adapt to web-based servers. After all, traditionally the company hosting any site is using just the one or several interconnected servers, depending on the size required.
Cloud, on the hand, essentially involves several computers linked together rather than a localised computer. It’s how the web works.
Hence, web designers may have to decide to make greater use of the benefits offered by, say, Google Apps rather than trying to create something the old fashioned way.
Google is, as always, leading the way with this technology. Not only does it offer great apps for monitoring websites, it now offers web design and hosting for those who want it.
Once again, it is interesting times.