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September 3, 2020 by Blog

The Transition from Traditional to Modern Website Development

Ever wonder what’s the one thing in the world that’s constant? It’s change. Our bodies, minds, all living things, galaxies and the entire cosmos are undergoing a change every second that passes by. The only thing that remains constant is the act of change. Evolution or the act of transition from one state to another is bound to happen as the world is evolving every second since the inception of mankind.

Although, what we are talking about above occurs naturally within the realm of nature. There is another phase of transition that can somehow be seen as artificial. Its source is the human brain as it’s always looking for ways to explore new dimensions, largely for improvement and curiosity. From engineering to arts, the progression towards change for improvement is innate and humans are constantly looking for ways to improve their respective fields.

Today’s blog focuses on the transition from tradition to modern website development. We will shed some light on why this transition occurred and how modern websites we currently see underwent this change.

The First Ever Website:

Tim Berners Lee is credited with making the first ever website in August of 1991. For obvious reasons, the website developed was light as internet was nowhere fast as it is these days. The website comprised only of text with hyperlinks. Take a look at the screenshot below:

The first ever website developed was an important step as it paved way for modern website design itself. info.cern.ch was built as a database with no design and only text. However, as it was the first step towards website development, its importance remains significant. For the next couple of years, similar websites were designed with more or less the same features. The real growth of website design was seen in the mid-90s.

The Mid 90s – When Graphics were first Used

During the mid-90s, the use of graphics became popular as developers felt the need that there’s so much that could be done with a website. Also, special emphasis was given on the symmetry of a website which included rows & columns. Perhaps, it was the first sign of website moving towards a more user friendly approach.

The above website was designed and developed in 1995 and might we add that this was the first time a website was used for marketing purposes. Batmanforever.com in its original form is not available but this screenshot depicts how the user interface had tabs and how graphics were used. Still, this website isn’t as close as anything we design today or what we call as a modern website.

Late 90s to 2010 – The Decade of Reformation for Websites:

The late 90s to 2010 was an important phase in the world of website development. The key player during this time was Adobe Flash Player. Through Flash, numerous websites even incorporated animated images and playback videos. This totally leveled up the playing field for websites as more and more developers moved towards creative aspects of designing a website. Once the visuals got appealing, website developers got interested in designing a website from the perspective of a user. Hence, mid 2000 onwards website designs started to divert towards user friendliness and predicting their behavior.

This time span was truly marvelous as it opened doors of creativity and amazing graphic visuals. A combination of video & images was both being used simultaneously to try and capture the visitor’s attention as much as possible. Also, this transition was boosted particularly through WEB 2.0. Through Web 2.0, users were allowed to interact with websites in imaginative ways. Whether through signing up for their weekly newsletter or maybe chatting with their customer support. All these features drove websites to evolve towards a modern look.

Search Engine Optimization also played a big part in defining a website’s design and looks. With Google’s updates, it became obvious that features such as user friendliness and fast loading websites were the future.

The Current Wave of Modern Web Design:

Modern web design is characterized by minimalistic and sleek design. This style of design is the central feature as the current wave has completely redefined minimalism. Website designs these days tend to focus on visuals that aren’t too flashy or dull. Hence, a sleek looks provides the perfect balance.

With the passage of time, designers have found creative ways to get the best out of a visitor. Whether it comes to newsletter pop-ups or when a certain Call to Action is implied on a website. Usually, the header is a part of a website where modern web design tends to focus a lot. Have you ever noticed why social media icons of a website are somewhere close to the header? It’s because of the fact that most visitors tend to focus on the header. And it’s not just social media icons but also web designers tend to put on important messages, slogans and even videos so that they can compel the visitor to spend as much time as possible on a website.

The Trend towards Dynamic Websites:

Dynamic websites lie in the core of modern website design and that is for only one reason which is to engage visitors. Dynamic websites can be defined as a website that whenever browsed displays different content or pages. Again, dynamism in websites opens up doors to engage a visitor in a highly creative way. This is the reason why most websites are transitioning towards a dynamic interface. As it can be seen as a new way to engage visitors.

What’s Next?

That’s kind of hard to say at the moment as change is constant, remember? Well, the world of modern website design is still in its initial phases and we believe that it will undergo maturity within the next few years. However, one thing is for sure that website design will evolve into something that might just surprise us! By the way, if you want a modern website for your business then hire our web developers today!

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