Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What 2011 Brought Us in the World of Websites

2011 was an exciting year for a number of reasons in the world of website design and 2012 shows no sign of slowing down. For any company offering their services be it in London, New York or Hertfordshire, website development moved leaps and bounds.

We all know that trends come around in the world of fashion and website design is no different. However, now with design standards changing it's become more and more easy. It was only five or six years ago that using bevelled images was still considered a good design choice. Now such things make a site looked dated and to be honest extremely poor. 2011 saw the concept of using fancy illustrations in footer banners. Previously, footers were just an area to stick legal information or additional page navigation links. Now it has become a major part of any website design.

2011 also saw the world of browser wars heat up. Google Chrome is ever seeing an increase in downloads and market share with some statistics even reporting an overtake of the 2nd major browser Firefox. It's quite obvious part of the reason is Google's fixation on drilling it into users of their now catch phrased search engine. As a result, it even saw the theme of continually changing browser upgrade versions. Pretty soon we'll be on Firefox 25 before we even know it. While primarily a marketing ploy, it does make people buy into upgrades.

jQuery has been around for a few years now. However, this year, the usage of this great JavaScript Framework saw a huge gain in websites. Used in conjunction with PHP or other server side technologies make it a very powerful tool. Used more and more, we can see this framework getting more and more features especially used alongside HTML5.

One minor change for as web designers was the ability to now comfortably use transparent PNG files in our websites. 2011 saw the use of IE6 (the much cursed browser) fall to an all-time low of less than 1% of visitors. As a result, website design can now really come to life.

As one would expect, the last 12 months have also proved a great time for tablet devices. With various companies now offering competition to Apple, these devises are finding their way into homes around the world.

This year saw the launch of Google Panda, a major algorithm change to the way Google places results in its search engine. Many websites we hugely affected by this and prompted a major change in the way they market themselves on the web.

No doubt the biggest news this year, was Adobe's decision to drop Flash development work from Mobile platforms. While this could be mostly attributed to the rise in tablet devises and Apple's decision to not support Flash, there's no better news for web designers.

HTML5 is heating up this year and with amazing rises in Browser platforms and drastic version changes, HTML5 is finally being used sparingly within sites. It is going to be some time before we can really see what HTML5 can do and 2012 might not be that year. However, HTML5 is an exciting prospect and could mean a time when Flash is as useless as Apple say it is.

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