Web designing has come a long way.
As cliché as it might sound, web design has truly changed from what it was before to what it has become now. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and have a little flashback of what web design was and compare it to what it is now.
Web design was once a very complicated process that involved HTML and other types of complicated coding. Before, to be qualified for a web designing job, one needed to have a lot of experience and education in web designing. Pulling off a fantastic web design with a responsive website overall required web designers to exert as much time and effort. Setting up an entire site can take days before it can go live, and the whole process doesn’t even guarantee that the website will be functional right after development. So overall, web design was a laborious job that doesn’t guarantee results. We salute all the web designers out there who have been to have gone through all the hardships yet have stuck to their profession despite the challenges.
Fast forward to the current period, we are now seeing a fully transformed state of web design. Today, everything about web design has truly altered, and everything has changed for the better. Thanks to website platforms like Blogger and WordPress, you are now able to create a website within an hour or even minutes. That is a massive improvement from what was available before, where it can take days just to be able to create a website. In addition to that, web builders now exist, which drastically makes the web design job easier, even for new or inexperienced web designers. Web designers also claim that designing a fully-customized and functional website from scratch will only take them a single day.
These changes have been significant improvements over how the state of web design was years ago. However, keep in mind that these aren’t the only things that have changed in web designing. As of the moment, there’s a recorded 644 million active websites in the internet space. What’s more fascinating is that this number is continuously growing. What’s the reason for this rapid increase? We all have web designing to blame, of course. Web designing is so easy and simple to do these days that anyone can do it.
There have been constant changes in web design over the years, and here are some of the most notable changes:
Lazy Loading Technique
Page Speed has constantly improved throughout the years. We are already through the days of having to wait for minutes (yes, MINUTES) for a website to load. Even Google before took minutes to load fully, and it has resulted in people becoming impatient over the years. Right now, 40% of internet users will immediately abandon a website if takes more than three seconds to load up. Of course, we expected people to grow impatient. It’s in our nature to be impatient, and it’s a good thing that web design have adapted and websites no longer take long to be able to load. Today, a site that loads longer than three seconds is now considered unresponsive. Thanks to the improvements on web designing, we are now experiencing a fast-paced website loading speed.
Aside from page speed, also notice today’s websites loading quicker despite having added multimedia features and larger images. This is due to improved methods, better internet connection, and a technique they call the ‘lazy load technique.’ It is a design pattern utilized in web designing to delay the initialization of a particular object until the point at which it is now needed. What this means is that this method allows users to choose what they want to load. Having this technique make things faster and more efficient, and will also provide greater user experience.
Parallax Web Design
The constant improvement of web design has also paved the way to a new medium of web designing: Parallax design and scrolling. A parallax design is widely prevalent in today’s web design trend due to its multitude of benefits.
What’s a Parallax website?
It’s basically a single-page website that cuts the need for internet users to navigate through different pages and having to open multiple tabs. The Parallax website also has a scrolling feature that gives a modest 2D look to the site. To do this, the background and foreground content is moved at different speeds, resulting in a somewhat 2D look.
Importance of Having A Mobile-Friendly Design
Nowadays, more and more people are surfing the internet using their mobile devices. Designers have to always consider mobile web design. Here’s a little statistics to take a look at mobile stats in today’s generation.
- According to Venture Beat, there are around 1.2 billion mobile users (and counting) around the world.
- Smart Insights claim that about 25% of the U.S. population are mobile-only internet users.
- Statistics website, Statista, claims that 10.9 billion apps are being downloaded from mobile devices.
- According to Search Engine Land, about 60% of Google searches are being made on mobile phones.
We’ve already waved goodbye to the times when people used to turn to their desktops to browse the internet automatically. Now, mobile internet users can check anything and everything on their mobile devices. For this purpose, it is essential for web designers to consider developing mobile-responsive websites.
What’s a Mobile Website?
For the ones who have no idea what I’m talking about, a mobile-responsive website is a medium of webs design that works perfectly on all types of mobile device, most specifically on tables on smartphones. Basically, you cannot and will not find success on the web if your site is not made to be mobile-friendly.
Today’s web designing relies heavily on ‘visual aid.’ A recent study has proven that we remember more of what we see in comparison to what we hear and read. For that reason, more websites are now relying on multimedia, in the form of images and videos to help deliver the message even more. Some websites also use infographics to explain a concept further. Also, videos are also extremely popular these days. So as much as possible, fill your websites with these forms of media. Just make sure not to overdo it, or it would look like you’re trying too hard.
Keep Yourself Updated
The Web designing industry has indeed come a long way. If you are a web designer, you need to pay attention to these developments and make sure that you are changing and adapting with time if you want to be relevant and continue to grow.
Is web design in the right position right now, or do you think that it still has a lot of room to grow and develop? Since when have you started web designing? Share your thoughts with us now by sending us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.