Twenty years ago this week, when a BBC News website launched, there were fewer than 8 million people online in a UK – there are now about 60 million.
In 1997, it was a age of Tamagotchis, Minidiscs and PalmPilots.
Mobile phones during a time enclosed a Nokia 6110 and a unconventional Motorola StarTAC flip phone.
Most people used dial-up internet connectors with tip speeds of adult to 56Kbps.
On desktop, shade resolutions were flattering tiny – though they would get bigger.
Below there’s a preference of a website’s pages from 1997 to 2017, arrangement how it has developed to accommodate a changing needs of users while still charity a latest news, facilities and analysis.
1997 – Rising star
BBC News Online launched in Nov 1997, following several forays on a internet, covering:
- the Budget in 1995
- the Olympics in 1996
- the ubiquitous choosing in May 1997
- the wake of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Sep 1997
CNN ‘s website was already adult and running. The Guardian was also among a early internet pioneers.
The BBC News website was usually 620 pixels far-reaching during a launch – that is somewhat some-more than half a breadth of a stream site.
In a initial week or so, stories published on a new website included:
- a narrowly averted craft pile-up during Heathrow
- a timeline of a new European currency
- the trial of a British nanny in a US
1999 – Blue to red
In Nov 1999, a site had a initial revamp. The aged blue ensign and red star was transposed with a red header some-more in line with a rest of BBC News, and a hunt duty changed to a tip of a page.
The website’s afterwards executive editor, Mike Smartt, explained a changes to users and betrothed “ambitious skeleton for audio and video news”.
2001 – Terror attack
The conflict on a Twin Towers in New York in Sep 2001 repelled a world, and vast numbers incited to a BBC News website to find out a latest information.
Several years before amicable media, thousands of people emailed a website with their thoughts – including many held adult in a attacks.
For a initial time, calm from users became executive to online coverage, with constrained declare accounts and photos published in stories and in a special news on a disaster.
2003 – Major overhaul
In 2003, a aged linear format was forsaken in foster of a wider, plane layout. The aim was to make a site easier for users to find their approach around and see some-more stories during initial glance.
2008 – Cleaning up
In 2008, a site got even wider, and for a initial time video could be played from within story pages. The universe map in a navigation was forsaken a integrate of years later.
2010 – Major revamp
In 2010, a website got a “fresh, updated design”, that also offering “easier ways to share stories with others”, according to a afterwards editor, Steve Herrmann.
By now, augmenting numbers of users were entrance to a news website from Facebook and Twitter.
The BBC News app was launched in Jul 2010, giving users discerning entrance to all a latest headlines from opposite a universe while they were on a move.
The biggest story of a year was a UK ubiquitous election, that had a possess special news site.
2015 – Mobile friendly
In 2015, the website became “responsive” – definition a blueprint was designed to arrangement good on opposite inclination and shade sizes. By this point, about 65% of users were entrance to a news website from mobiles and tablets.
NHS tracker 1999 v 2017
The demeanour competence change, though that doesn’t meant we’re not covering a same critical issues.
Here’s a NHS opening tracker from 1999, when a supervision of a day published a new set of clinical indicators giving genocide rates in particular hospitals in England for a initial time.
With a NHS underneath rare vigour today, we still give users a possibility to inspect information on how services in their area are doing, regulating a some-more detailed, interactive tracker.
Slice and easy
We managed to fist in a serve redesign for 2017. News editors can change a series of stories in a full-width, plane slices, with a choice of “dialling adult a volume” during vital news events.
We can now offer a some-more visible front page. Dropping a right palm side mainstay and going full-width means video and news stories are integrated on a page.