My career in IT began in 1987; perfect timing as the first affordable Personal Computers had just become available.
It was a world that had yet to see the arrival of the Internet or Google; the first ever website was not published until 4 years later in 1991.
It was around the Millennium before I took an interest in web development. I learnt web design from the ground up, hand coding sites with just a simple text editor.
The proliferation of mobile devices brought about the need to learn “responsive” design; websites now needed to function on all sizes of screens.
Although I was an early adopter of responsive design; hand coding for all devices just wasn’t a viable option any more.
Thankfully the cavalry, in the form of WordPress, saved the day. Instead of spending weeks testing designs on dozens of devices you could leave most of the heavy lifting to a system that was tested by thousands of WordPress developers.
By utilising the great work of the huge WordPress community; designers could get back to designing and modern web designs look more polished as a result.
Just before I took an interest in web design I became interested in search engines. By the time Google became the biggest search engine in the world in 2000, Google had already become my search engine of choice.
The more I studied how Google’s algorithm figured out how to rank one website rather than another, the more intrigued I became. That fascination has stayed with me ever since and now I provide digital marketing and SEO services for businesses throughout the UK.
John Sutcliffe has a H.N.D. in Computer Science and lives and works in his home town of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.