What is Important in Website Design Today?
February 7, 2010
Having been involved in web development myself since 1995, I have seen the status quo of websites go from plain text, with an image or 2, in html format in the mid 90′s, to cgi and perl programming in the late 90′s which was the beginning to allowing vast web sites to be developed.
In the early 2000’s graphically heavy Sites became the standard. Vast images were sliced into pieces and reconstructed on a Web page to give stunning visual presentations. Then came Flash. Flash was flexible enough to develop entire websites and easy enough to master for creating fully interactive presentations.
On the programming side of things, ASP was then king, Front Page Extensions was a must for Website Hosts, and with .Net you can still say ASP is very prominent, but it’s no longer king.
In today’s web development, a simpler more efficient programming method has climbed to the forefront, and that is PHP and MySql. Keep in mind this was a short synopsis of the last 15 years, what website design should be, and is all about today is social interaction, and SEO. SEO (Search Engine Optimization), is critical today more than ever. Phone books are getting tossed aside, search engines are today’s phone books, and if you are not found on the first page, you may be years behind your competition.
Also as I mentioned, social interaction is key as well. Today, a website needs to interface with Facebook, and twitter, this type of interaction is key. Websites today need to be less complicated, or have a version that displays well on a mobile device, or a tablet as we now see will be coming from a number of companies. There you have it, we have almost come full circle on websites, simple all of a sudden, may now be better.
We will see, untill next time.
Oh, and P.S. being Super Bowl Sunday which should probably be declared a National Holiday these days, good luck to both the Colts and the Saints, may the best team win. My team (the Dolphins) obviously did not make it!