Difference between Web 1.0 & Web 2.0

Web 1.0

It is the “readable” phrase of the World Wide Web. In Web 1.0, there is limited interaction between sites and web users. We can say Web 1.0 is simply an information portal where users receive information passively without being given the opportunity to post reviews, comments, and feedback.

Features and functionalities :
  • Information is displayed on web page as static content.
  • The use of frames.
  • The use of tables that is website is in html coding and align elements on a page.
  • GIF buttons are used to promote web browsers and other products.
  • HTML forms are sent via email. User fills the form on the web design page and related email is sent to concerned person who will then track back through manual emailing.
Web 2.0

It is the “read & writable” phrase of the World Wide Web. Unlike Web 1.0, Web 2.0 facilitates interaction between web users and sites, so it allows users to interact more freely with each other. Web 2.0 inspires participation, collaboration, and information sharing. Examples of Web 2.0 applications are YouTube, Wiki, Flickr, Facebook, and so on.

Features and functionalities :
  • Provides the ability to find the desired thing through keyword search feature.
  • Links information together into a meaningful information network using the Web, and provides accessibility through social tools.
  • Provides ability of the collaborative work rather than just a few web authors. Web users may extend, undo and redo each other’s work. In blogs, posts and the comments of individuals are displayed, shared and managed.
  • Use of keyword tags to enable searching through a particular website.
  • There is use of syndication technologies such as RSS to notify users of content changes.
  • Execution of software like Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash player, Microsoft Silver light, Oracle Java, Windows Media, etc. to make the Web not only an application platform but also a document server.
A brief comparison  

In Web 1.0 the information displayed on-screen is mostly static and the data is only updated once in a while. With Web 2.0, the information is very dynamic and the rate that information is updated is extremely fast. Sites like Twitter and technologies like syndication are two examples of how dynamic Web 2.0 is.

Another key difference between the two is in the flow of information as there is quite a rigid structure in Web 1.0 where webmasters determine put up information on their sites, which are then viewed or downloaded by end users. In this structure, all control over content is with the webmaster. In Web 2.0, control over content is shifted towards the user. This can be easily shown with the advent of social sites like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, and many more.

  • Web 2.0 represents the cumulative changes that happened to the Internet since Web 1.0
  • Web 2.0 is very dynamic while Web 1.0 is static
  • Web 1.0 is mostly for browsing content while Web 2.0 allows for more tasks
  • The flow of information in Web 1.0 is linear while that of Web 2.0 is not
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One thought on “Difference between Web 1.0 & Web 2.0

  • April 13, 2018 at 5:54 am

    A very good and nice blog. The Infograph is really very useful.


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