Why Your Website Makes Me Hyperventilate
There are many reasons why your website does not cut the mustard. It may be slow, outdated, and look like it was designed with silly putty and sleep-deprived depression.
Exploring the interweb recently I found some horrible websites that looked like they were designed when Prodigy, Compuserve, and AOL ruled the world. Here’s what I found.
Copyright date is from before 2012
When I research into companies I believe could benefit from my services the very first thing I do is scan all the way down to the bottom of the website. If the copyright date is from more than two years ago, there is a good chance updating needs to take place.
In the website design and development world a lot happens in a short amount of time.
You’re still using script.aculo.us
Web 2.0 was supposed to be the great renaissance that everyone was waiting for. In some ways it was, in other ways it wasn’t.
Anyone familiar with stripe generator?
Now it’s a one horse race with the jQuery framework powering 65% of the top ten million highest-trafficked sites on the internet.
A Valid XHTML Icon Appears
Man, I thought it was so cool when I got my XHTML Strict 1.0 validation through the W3C. I made it a point to show off just how much I knew about coding website to web standards that I attached it everywhere.
Still Rockin a Featured Content Slider?
I am a web developer snob and will come right out and say it: featured content sliders are so 2010! There are so many new ways to show off images rather than scrolling through a featured content slider. Don’t get me wrong: I have always loved them along with the Lightbox, but it’s important to keep your site current.
The best web developers today use Parallax and Bootstrap.
Parallax is simple scrolling effect using jQuery. There are so many cool effects that can be emphasized utilizing this architecture.
It’s a Flash Site or there are still Flash elements
I spent plenty of hours teaching myself Adobe Flash. I learned about ActionScript and I even had a bigger flash nerd than me interrogate me during an interview by quizzing me on the definition of polymorphism.
Needless to say I didn’t get the job, and Flash has become irrelevant ever since.
Originally Flash was meant to integrate audio and video into websites. Youtube was built around the technology and it was the only means to make the web interactive. Hackers and malware developers soon learned how to abuse the proprietary technology.
Shortly before his death, Steve Jobs acknowledged the many technical drawbacks and not too long after HTML5 arrived on the scene.
Since then, HTML5 has continued to develop at a rapid pace, and now can do everything Flash can… plus it’s open source.
What Does This All Mean?
As far as professional web design services and powering an awesome website that is easy-to-use and has a bunch of features, the playbook consist of a few key pieces. There is almost nothing you can’t do using HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, and WordPress.
I believe in taking the tried and true methods that continue to move forward and putting a new spin on them rather than trying to resurrect outdated technology.
Concerned your site is behind the times? Think you may need a web coder? Let us know. We will take a look at it for you