It's much easier now. Browsers have trained users to a standard set of basic interactions (this used to be a massive obstacle for new programs). Databases, combined with modern storage capacities and CPU speed, have eliminated massive amounts of work. The languages are both safer and more powerful, and less tied to specific hardware. Deployment is trivial via the web. I can do more now by myself than the good team of developers I led were able to produce 30 years ago. There are certainly plenty of projects that require substantial teams, but these are ones whose scope (e.g., AI) or polish (e.g., games) would have been totally unfeasible in the past. More to the point of the post, there are probably many more places now than in the past where a single programmer can quickly make and deploy a useful database-driven website.