Silicon Valley futurists are asking the fundamental, almost philosophical question whether Websites will remain the dominant method of Internet interaction. According to 27-year old David Rusenko, founder/ chief executive of the global Weebly Website builder, there is no doubt that the answer to this is a resounding 'Of Course!'

Based on this firm belief, Weebly unveiled an update to its publishing suite on Thursday (May 2, 2013). This update allows users to easily drag and drop headlines, images and other page elements onto the building canvas in order to build a site. The new form also makes it possible to publish mobile Website versions at the same time as publishing desktop versions. In a society awash with tablets, phablets and smart phones, this is obviously of critical concern to Website creators.

This update arrives at a time the Internet industry is coming to grips with the ramifications of users spending increasing amounts of time within social networks like Facebook Inc and other closed 'Eco-systems'. The potential effect on the open Web of this is added to by the abundance of smart phone apps, which, according to ABI researchers, is an economy that so far this year has been valued at approximately $25billion.

Rusenko, however, refuses to believe talk of the demise of the open Web. His argument is that in the age of pliable Facebook identities and fleeting tweets, Web pages carry more meaning and weight than ever. In his opinion, the picture is clear - while Facebook focuses on conversation, it does not in any way absorb the open Web into its walled estate. As far as he is concerned, for most people, their Website is their digital identity. This is where they can really make themselves known and showcase their personal ideas.

During the relaunch, Rusenko also revealed that Weebly now features an impressive network of 15 million Websites visited by 100 million Internet users. He also unveiled data resulting from an extensive research project conducted by Weebly. According to this data, the vast majority of consumers tend to not trust companies without Websites - yet a staggering 58 pr cent of companies still do not have a presence on the Web.

The update is designed to make creating a Website easier for 'everyday' entrepreneurs hoping to start 'something' - such as, for example, crafts enthusiasts, amateur food bloggers, teachers and others wishing to share their passion before maybe starting a small company of their own.