If you are involved in a website designing business, you must be aware with the excessive contact with people, almost each day. Many of those people comment that, the website layouts and design themselves have changed dramatically over the past few span of years, and we all agree to it. In this article, we have compiled all the reasons and facts, which determines the change of website in the passage of time.
The Deeper Dive
Let us start from bit of a history, back in 1990s; the size of a webpage was 640 pixels wide. Later on, in the early 2000s, it grew to 800 pixels and then finally to 1024 pixels, a few years after. Somehow, the advancement of technology during those years took another leap and invented a new object, which was capable of communication, combined with entertainment with the whole world in one hand; the era of smartphones. Just due to our bad luck, the size of webpage does not fit the device anymore, thus, all the scientists and engineers had to come again and generate a solution for that as well. Another problem was that, we did not know the size of the device, which will launch next in the market. Maybe, it can be shorter for what we have today or can even be wider. The scientists finally came up with a solution, the answer was, responsive web designs. A responsive web design is something, which has the capability to change its design and adjust according to the sizes of the screens. Therefore, most of the websites we see today holds the ability to switch in our smartphones accordingly, and work properly using losing neither any of the design features, nor any functionalities.
Just Touch and Go
Now after designing the website as responsive, there was another issue, which had to be taken care of, the speed of the internet. Most of the broadband internets that are now available to masses and can load stuff just in a snap, gave a new challenge to the web developers. The challenge to match the speed. Some statistics and study highlights that, due to way too fast speed internet, people have become quite lazy and they do not enjoy spending too much time on a website or want to wait for it to load properly. The actual minutes that people stay upon website for it to load is as low as 10 minutes. If the website somehow fails to load during this time, BAM! This gives your competitor a plus point upon you. Due to this, the use of jQuery and CSS enhances and brand new website development strategies came into market, which will reduce your website size to recognizable low, leading it to seamless functioning and quick loading.
A Mouse Not for Everyone
In the starting age of digital world, it was clear and assumed that everyone uses mouse. Although some of us know that, it is not completely correct. However, most of the website developers completely forget this one thing. Some visitors, you use keyboards to survey the website suffered badly while navigating. On the other hand, many people do use a mouse. In the old days, many website designers used to say that, designing a website for massive number of people is the worst thing you can do. Design companies produced some websites, which most people were unable to use. Then, if we focus upon the invention of a smartphone, websites, developed with “mouse” feature, would not do any good. For all these reasons, some smart website design agencies that is the not a number of people they must design a website for, but they must design it for better usability and user experience, while keeping in view the future and the time ahead.
The Ultimate Content King
In the past years, the websites we used to design were just images, aesthetics and logos. Today however, the time has changed. We now design websites according to the content. These days, content plays a significant role in the digital marketing world, publicizing and promoting your website as well. It gives you and prospect about you and your products, services etc. Unique, genuine and original content is essential, which does not only help your customers and viewers to get better information but also helps in your Search Engine Optimization, to make your website rank higher. Therefore, for this purpose, web designers and developers started making websites that were not based on just aesthetics and images but on content. Although, they have some white spaces left so that the user can user on what he wants on the most.
The Rise of the API
If you are a pro and you can design your own website or application, you can even test its functionality quite easily before you think about how will it look like upon other devices? The requirement is that the designers must work along with the developers, to design something that works through a command line. If that feature does not work as you have thought, than you will have to change the API, rather than adding a junk of visual designs. Once the API works just like you want it to, making it appropriate for all the other devices, which you want it to support, becomes easier.
Many a times, you would simply not design the complete API of the application that you are developing. Most companies rely upon a Content Management System (CMS) instead, with all sort of tools to achieve what they most desire.
Business people and developers obviously hold different interest than designers. Developers’ looks for things to, easily develop, business people look for things, which are economical. However, the concern of designers is to produce the most beautiful thing possible. These different goals can sometimes, conflict with each other.
However, if designers will be involved in the entire selection process, they will have a choice of tool and would know how it works, what is hard and what is easy. Thus, the issue will be resolved to some extent.
This was the brief history of website and how much the website has changed in the span of years.