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Ten Ways In Which The Role Of A Website Designer Is Quickly Changing

Previously, website designers mainly concentrated on creating web pages that were aesthetically beautiful. However, the trends have changed over the years, and present day websites have a definite structure and an established language code. In this blog post, we will look at ten of the web designing practices that have fallen out of practice over the past few years.


Tables Are Obsolete

It is true that in the yesteryears, designers used tables to give a website a definite shape and form. Moreover, the scene was dominated by the use of shims and slicing images. However, such practices have long fallen out of vogue. The current trend is to embrace CSS styling and semantic markup.


Flash Is No Longer Popular

The plugin of Adobe Flash seemed to provide a world of options to designers in the days of early Internet. However, accessibility was greatly hampered, and by using the fonts of this plugin, websites were high on aesthetic pleasure, but low on functionality.

Even though Flash is very popular today, its outreach is rather limited, especially because it cannot function on iPhones by Apple. Designers now use CSS and jQuery to accomplish things which could previously be achieved only by using Flash.


Websites Do Not Ape The Print Any More


Previously, website designers were preoccupied with the idea creating pixel-perfect mediums of print on the Internet. This idea is still much in fashion with the rise of responsive website design. Designers yearn for control, and it is difficult for people in the printing world to accept the unconstrained freedom enjoyed by designers.


People Have Greater Expectations

People use the Internet for more reasons than gathering information. They wish to interact with friends, share their experiences, and watch videos. The Internet has become a medium and platform for robust exchange and website designers must quickly adapt to this trend where all channels of communication are open to the visitors.


Skills Should Be Constantly Updated

Designers should be able to multi-task, as the trends of website designing are changing every single day. It is no longer limited to aesthetic detailing and copying the Dreamweaver. Designers should be quick to learn the changing trends and adapt to them so that they are not left out of the loop of progression.


The Internet Is Now Social

Incorporating social media sites like Facebook and Twitter into websites is an integral part of web designing, as these mediums of social exchange are platforms where information and ideas are generated, exchanged and circulated. It is therefore imperative for every designer to pay heed to these networks and include them in the layouts of web pages, as much traffic is pulled in through these sources.


Web Fonts Now Offer A Typographic Choice


The latest breakthrough in website designing is the use of web fonts. Previously, headings were exported as GIFs, a process that would make it cumbersome for clients to access and update them. The advent of web fonts eased this problem. Designers and clients are now allowed to have typographic control of the kinds of fonts they use.


The Web Window Is Now Varied

In order to ensure that websites open up flawlessly on all kinds of devices, more test need to be conducted. This has also been the major reason behind the establishment of specific web standards for designing websites.


The Use Of HTML5 Is The Latest Norm


The demand for designing content-rich, semantic websites has been fulfilled by HTML5, a code that incorporates CSS3, and also offers a lot more. The latest up-gradation of the HTML5 code allows designers to customize a particular website and give it a unique touch of creativity.


RWD, or Responsive Website Designing Is The Latest Trend

Responsive Web Designing is a form of designing which ensures that websites display themselves in their entirety on any screen size. Every web designer should be able to responsively design a website, for it is the need of the hour, given that a major portion of the customer base consists of those who access the site from their mobile devices.

With every passing day, website designing is moving further and further away from print design. There are constant changes that every designer should embrace to stay afloat in the competition.

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Sudeep Banerjee

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Sudeep Banerjee is the Founder & President of B3NET Inc., the leading Orange County Web Development firm, since 1999 in California. He is a forward thinking leader with expertise in Digital Marketing, Web Design and Mobile Application Development and Amazon Sales Consulting. He is an author, speaker and a consultant with 28 years of experience. He loves to play Basketball and Golf.