Welcome to ITS GUI online

What's all this about then...

A GUI (usually pronounced GOO-ee) is a Graphical (rather than purely textual) User Interface to a computer. As you read this, you are looking at the GUI or graphical user interface of your particular Web browser. The term came into existence because the first interactive user interfaces to computers were not graphical. Green text on a black background was as exciting as it got, so we've come along way very quickly, thank goodness for technology...

Not only has technology made great strides but the WWW has developed into one of the world's phenomena.

Here's a potted history of the World Wide Web showing the key milestones of Internet development:

1957 - The USSR launch SPUTNIK the first orbiting craft and in response the US forms ARPA(Advanced Research Projects Agency) within the Department of Defence.

1962 - US Air Force commission the RAND Organisiation to report on methods that would ensure its maintenance of defence and offence measures after a Soviet attack. RAND'S Paul Baron proposed a networked system that sent packages of data electronically form one computer to another. In the event of computer site being disabled, all other sites would contain copies of the lost data.

1968 - Universities California (UCLA), Santa Barbara, Utah and Stanford are linked to the ARAP Honeywell Mainframe establishing the first Network. This network was christened Apart.

1972 - Barons idea of sending electronic data has developed into email and ARAPNet uses this technology to link 400 users, principally defence and government sites.

1973 - The ARAPNet is extended to include key UK sites and the term INTERNET is used by Vint Clef and Bob Kahn when discussing their proposed use of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

1976 - Dr Robert Metcalfe develops Ethernet, a coaxial cable that allows electronic data to move very quickly. Ethernet continues to be used today within local area networks (LAN's). US position a satellite to receive and reflect data and the Net becomes more widely used in Europe.

1980 - The Net is extended within the US Universities for access to research and information.

1983 - US Military withdraw from ARAPNet as security to their systems is becoming increasingly under threat. Military use is transferred to their own secure systems.

1984 - Use of the Net extends to 1000 users all using UNIX based systems.

1987 - The growth of the PC and the use of a modem allowed access to the Net, although with a multitude of users using different operating systems it was not to prove compatible. The original page formatting software that reassembled the electronically submitted data(MOSAIC) was becoming limited but still used.

1989 - Freeness is introduced by OHIO State University in Cleveland allowing free access to the Internet.

1992 - Great advances in satellite communications and rapid growth within the PC market allow users from around the world, access. The archaic MOSAIC is unable to support the graphics that are now available on applications and a greater degree of uniformity of access is needed to ensure that different architecture and platforms can access. The World Wide Web is born.

1993 - The wide use of the WWW overtakes all other forms of use

1994 - MOSAIC is further developed to be a multi platform and application supporting software and is relaunched by SUN Systems as Netscape Navigator.

1995 - Various companies (CompuServe, AOL etc.) offer online connection services whereby, for a subscription, users can access their server and through them gain links to the WWW. Microsoft includes their version of a Web Browser, Internet Explorer (IE). Universal prototcols are established to provide common access and file handling devices to allow for ease of use. HTML is supported by mini applications that can be included using CGI.

1996 - Use of HTML based web sites are limited in terms of their interaction with users only being able to support text and static images. Javascript and Visual Basic scripting is developed to provide the missing interaction.

1997 - Commercial users have grown substantially and businesses are conducting £billions worth of trade requiring access to databases and programming develops to keep up with demand.

1998 - Internet Service Providers are opening in their hundreds to accommodate the rapid rise in use. Modem speeds increase to 33 kilobytes of information sent per second. Micorsofts Internet Explorer version 4.0 is released after Netscape drops it's US Court case against them.

1999 - The internet is regularly used by 100 million people, a figure that is expected to double within the next few years. XML is released as the follow up language to HTML and reflects the increased empowerment of the browsers. Internet Explorer version 5.0 is released and becomes an integral part of the MS Windows 98 operating system. Ecommerce and Internet databases are becoming the norm, with an estimated $50 billion of trade anticipated in the coming years. Web pages become much more complex with software developments.

2000 - A new millenium dawns and the WWW continues to grow at a staggering rate.


ITS GUI Offer Comprehensive Client Services

Web site Design

We create exciting and refreshing sites that give the client the web presence they require, ensuring that it is coded correctly and submitted to search engines. Close liaison with the client is assured, to get the result that everyone is happy with. Go on give us a challenge.

Web site Re-designs

A "change is as good as a rest", that's what they say.. Maintaining a fresh online image is what it's all about. A re-design can often fit the bill and also keep your customers eager for more.

Web site Assessment Review

An independent jargon-free review of your web site will highlight recommendations on how to improve usability, performance, search engine ranking and help you get the right image and business for your company. Contact us today for an assessment quote.

Web Hosting

We are pleased to announce our new dedicated client hosting. We can offer hosting of a site UPTO 1000Mb that includes UNLIMITED TRANSFER, UNLIMITED EMAILS all for as little as £5 per month!

Hosting also includes your own Control Panel and the ability to Read Your Email online

Please speak to us today to discuss your hosting requirements as not everyone's needs fit one package and we want you to come away with the best hosting deal, tailor made to you.

Content Management

Do you have a web presence, but just no time to keep it fresh and up to date. There are still so many sites out there that still display 'last updated on:DD/MM/YY' where the YY is clearly past it's sell by date. You've made the effort to get your business on the web, so don't blow it with outdated content. We can setup a contract with you to maintain your site and not let you get left behind.

Domain Name Registration

Got a cool name for your business...want to check that it's still available, or just want to renew your existing name with us. Please contact us today and let us help you find the domain name you're after.

Database Driven Sites

Database technology allows you to generate new value-added services as well as provide an easy mechanism for collecting information about your customers. With databases you can create intuitive, easy-to-use user interfaces which in turn are easily maintainable yourself, using simple on-line forms, without the need for outside services.

Ecommerce

We can offer various different ecommerce solutions to meet your requirements. Whether it's a comprehensive E-shop or integration with a third party secure payment service, such as PayPal or WorldPay you're after, then contact us and let's get you up and selling!

Page Optimisation & Search Engine Submission

It's still amazing to see the number of sites, that look great, but still do not have any meta data that allows them to be picked up via search engines. We will add the necessary meta data to all pages and submit these to the key search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, Excite and Alta Vista, ensuring that your site can be found amongst the billions of pages on the web.

Web Marketing

We will work with you to offer the best web marketing service for your business. There can be many different methods of marketing and promotion utilising campaigns, such as Google Adwords/Adsense or Yahoo.

Small Business Pack

Whether you are a soletrader or small start-up business you need a helping hand to get started with your web and media branding. ITS GUI can design your web site, produce headed paper and business cards for a low-cost all inclusive package.

eBay Business Shop

Have you been selling on eBay for a while? Need an eBay shop to really get those items flying off your virtual shelves! ITS GUI can help with an individually tailored design and graphics that create a unique image for your store. To find out more about getting started with an eBay shop and what ITS GUI can do to help, click creating eBay shops.

Please contact us today to discuss your requirements and remember that a great interactive web site says so much and needn't cost a great deal.…