No matter how much has changed since websites were first developed, their success is dependent on just one thing. The perception of the users. ‘Does this website have value for me? Is it easy and pleasant to use?’ These questions are in the subconscious of every user who visits your site and forms the basis of their decision to become regular users or not.
From rather modest beginnings web design has had a relatively long journey in quite a short time. The term web designer was originally used to describe a person who provided a service very similar to that of a graphic designer. They are not the same thing however they are both primarily concerned with the presentation of text and pictures.