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Web Design and Change – Is It Really So Different?

     With continued growth in technology and particularly with computers, web devices, and the internet in general, it seems as though the idea of designing for a global internet presence is drastically different. In a way, this is true; however, there are two sides to the argument and two parts to the answer. Although website development is unlike previous history, not everything is necessarily new and different – it's more like updates of existing ideas.

What Has Stayed The Same?

Almost everything to do with web design is the same, plus or minus a few tweaks. It is different from designing for printed material, requiring certain specifications to allow easy online viewing. It is still important to consider that colors may view in another way on different web platforms, lending even more support to clean, easy-to-read material. Good content is still most important and is perhaps even more so in recent times.

The best way to attract viewer attention and keep that concentration hasn’t changed much, which is also true for many other processes involved in good web design that are still the same because they work.

What Has Changed?

The only actual real changes in recent web design is understanding some new and better methods of functionality and optimization as well as the different ways in which the internet is now accessed. The rest has remained mostly the same, having simply been improved for better use on today’s modern viewing devices.

This basically means that the process of website creation has not really been altered, only some of its defaults. The default margins that were standard are no longer standard. As an example, consider a video game made for a console system - many games release updates each year yet it is still the same game and is still played the same way. The updated version simply has improvements and more features. Today’s web designing is the same as before, just adjusted to work better on current viewing devices.

Same Ideas With Updated Techniques

Taking into consideration how devices have changed, this is the main reason why web defaults are changing. It cannot continue to be assumed that the internet is accessed only on a desktop computer with a certain size screen, which was easily predictable years ago. Now, the internet is being accessed using smart-phones, tablets, and laptops – and yet must still be viewable on desktop computers as well. This has naturally created some design challenges; the resolution to such challenges has been to tweak existing techniques to work again.

The biggest adjustment of recent years is changing from static and fluid design to a responsive version that is user-friendly regardless of the viewing device. This better addresses the fact that current default screen size cannot be assumed. Responsive design allows for enough variables that this question is no longer an issue.

Other features have been improved to work well with responsive layouts. Adjusting content to look good on different screen sizes makes the best use of available screen sizes for users. Touch functionality has become a default, since most non-computer devices today are touch screens. Better ways to optimize code, content, and media have been developed so that websites work quickly on devices that may not be quite as fast as a desktop. The rest is simply putting what is already done in a more flexible environment.

When looking at new web building ideas, don't be intimidated by them; all it really represents is a upgrading of what was already being done. As the Internet keeps changing, it will be necessary to continually re-evaluate common settings and structure. It's not learning a new way of web design; it's more customizing what is there!

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Chris Hunter is an expert in Web Design, Search Engine Marketing, and Reputation Management. To find out more about Austin Website Design, go to the main website at:

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