Fourth Generation Web Site Design

Fourth generation designed sites have been referred to as being the multi-media rich site, with all the bells and whistles. But really fourth generation sites are only an extension of 3rd generation with some unique web–driven selling proposition which can only be delivered on the web. For example, remote access to education over the web, with all the course notes, tutorials and exams, etc, or perhaps just overnight ordering of products and services 24 hours a day.

There will come a time when 3rd gen sites will be accepted as the norm, regardless of the site's purpose.

For the designer, will the client instantly recognise the web sites's purpose at just a glance, has the site been specifically designed for education, commerce, information, government, or just for entertainment?.

The end purpose must be built into the site design if it is to meet the client's requirements.