I’m Michael Parks, and I am a web developer. Welcome to jm-parks.com, the WordPress site for jmparks.com!
Early Days for a Web Developer
A little after that, we got something called “Cascading Style Sheets” (CSS). That allowed us to have much more control of how the page looked, and even where things were placed on the page without using tables! Another big advantage was the ability to separate the information (content) from what the page looked like (style). That meant that we could change the look and feel of the entire website by making relatively small edits in one central location.
Big Changes for a Web Developer
Around the same time, another big change was taking place – Content Management Systems (CMS). In the early days, each web page was a unique creation – you could copy a page to have the same logo and navigation and just change the content, but you would still have two separate pages. If you changed the logo or background color you would have to make the same change to every page individually. A CMS allowed the web owner to keep all the content in a central repository, like a database, and just ‘plug’ it in to a common template that would have the logo, navigation, and other common items. Changing the logo or background then meant you only had to change the template, and every page that used that template would get the update.
(I also do video production, check out my TV show “The Santa Cruz Music Show“)