The modern web browsers have made the web designers gung ho about their cool new features. However, till the old browser phase out is complete the designers need to think of the different types of web users.
2011 has been a memorable and eventful year for the web design and development industry. This is because a number of version upgrades have come out from the companies making leading web browsers. It is undeniable that the majority of website designprofessionals create website keeping the IE users in mind, but that scene may change soon enough.
Website designing has itself undergone some noticeable changes owing to factors like user demand, SEO implementation, arrival of modern scripting languages etc. However, a section of web design professionals seem to be overly excited about the new cutting edge features offered by the modern web browsers. While the features offered by the latest releases of browsers like Chrome and Firefox are remarkable, it could be a little too early to start designing websites with an aim to utilize all these features.
The target of a website design company should always be its viewers, not the web development technologies and search engine bots. The web developers make websites for the readers and thee technological improvements should not override the basic need to cater to the users. The majority of web designers are quite upbeat about the support for CSS3 and HTML 5 in the new versions of web browsers. These two technologies promise incorporation of complex graphics animation in websites.
The dominance of IE has been challenged by rivals like Chrome and Firefox. Even though IE9 is a fast and feature rich browser it is having a hard time. The web designers aware of the slipping hold of IE on the users are focusing on the alternatives. However, they need to understand how much of the new technologies should be incorporated in their website design strategies. The web designers need to do a reality check before they get animated about the new features of Chrome and Firefox. They need to think of the benefits of implementing the new features from the viewer’s point of view. A technology that may not make much difference for the browsing experience of the end user is not really that useful. Most of the web users simply would not care to know if a cool animation in a web page has been made using Flash or CSS3 as long as it loads fast and looks appealing.
Irrespective of the technologies used by a web design company in a website, the user or website owner would be interested more into the content and its relevance to them. The users expect a website should help them accomplice their objective, be it buying something or interacting with friends. As long as they can do it properly and quickly, nothing else matters much for them. Besides, the web designers should take note of the fact that nowadays a user has numerous options to choose for web browsing. Just because a particular browser has a number of new technologies it does not mean every user will adopt it overnight. Despite the advantages offered by rival modern browsers there are some IE loyalists who will not change their browsers. The designers should make the websites cross browser compatible instead of advising the users to adopt a particular browser.
The number of users yet to upgrade to new browsers is huge and the phase out of obsolete browsers will take some more time. Until then the web designers should make sites for catering to the needs of all types of users.
This is Guest Post by Carol, photos source http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocjess/4758678415/