Where Does Web Development Go Now?
A number of trusted, even tried-and-true, web development techniques used by website designers have been overcome by events and changes in the field of website development. It's important – even crucial – for those in the web development field to keep up with current trends and changes if you are to remain in the field as a competitive contender. This can be a tall order, however, as developments occur faster and faster, so it's a good time to think about where website development is going now.
Some of the proven and traditional techniques for developing websites that still warrant merit in this day of change, include the following:
- Optimising the website for search engine indexing. This goes far beyond what website development companies typically call 'Search engine optimisation'. Optimising your website for the search engines means ensuring that the quality of the actual coding behind the site is high quality in addition to the content on the site. Think about it: if Google finds a lot of mistakes in your website's coding, it will naturally assign a lower search engine ranking to that site. The assumption that professional developers can design and implement a site without coding errors is ludicrous. Many website development firms now use programs that automatically verify the coding behind the site in order to ensure the highest quality and error-free coding that confuses the search engines and causes lower website rankings.
- Create visually appealing website that are easy to quickly understand and navigate. A visually appealing site that is easy to navigate has always been the ultimate goal of website development teams; however with the addition of new technologies such as smart phones and iPads and e-readers, it's become harder and harder for web development teams to design websites that serve all needs. This is where it's necessary to dig into the new technologies and understand how they can interact with websites and with other technologies. A development team will be measured by their design's visual appeal but also how their efforts interact with the technical devices used by their viewers.
- Improve your website development with better graphic designs, but also make it more easily customized through template controls that allow semi-custom development ideas to be quickly implemented into the website's design. This requires web development teams to be proficient in a number of languages, including ASP, PHP, Java, SQL, .NET and more. It also requires website development teams to understand custom blog and CMS themes including WordPress, Joomla, TypePad, and Drupal as well. In addition, development teams have to be aware of and know how to integrate social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, Squidoo, and more into their website designs.
So, no matter how far we've come with website development technique changes, there are still a number of tried-and-true techniques website development teams can still rely on as they work their web development projects, and that's reassuring as web developers work hard to create visually appealing websites that work well for users on a greater number of devices. Quality still counts, and that's very good for long-time website development teams to remember.