Homogeneous Web Design
Every day, the network seems slightly less diverse. At least when it comes to the tools we use to create and display them.
This does not mean that we lacked the option or license for the creative. But that means that a lot of what we create has at least some common themes. Whether it's CMS, the Google fonts we use or even a trusted plugin, big and small sites are more than ever.
This development has its drawbacks. For example, while one dominant web browser eliminates some compatibility issues, there are legitimate concerns about security, privacy, and potentially stuck innovations. But there are some good things about it.
And this is where the positive effects of the consolidated network today focus. Let's look at what this means for the web design community.
We have more Basic Knowledge
In the past, the Internet has become a kind of testing ground for programmers. Several tools were available to create and maintain websites. For example, Roll-Your-Own CMS was a popular way for customers to manage content without getting too much access.
Although it was quite effective from programmer to programmer, it was not necessarily intended for scale work. If you've ever inherited a site created using a completely custom CMS, it can be difficult to understand what the previous developer was thinking. Even seemingly simple tasks may require a lot of trial and error.
When systems such as WordPress and Drupal appeared, it was a common ground on which we could all build. Taking over an existing website is now a completely different experience. We already know how to create a page or update the software. There is a lot of documentation to find out how it works.
Of course, websites can still consist of a diverse collection of themes and plugins. However, since more sites run on a shared platform, the starting point for creating or troubleshooting is much further. We don't have to worry about creating everything from scratch, we don't have to learn the basics for hours.
There are Reliable Solutions to Great Challenges
Let's move to the previous point and go on a journey in time. For example, suppose it is 2005 and you have been asked to create an e-commerce site for him. Now think about how this approach can differ today.
It would probably be harder for you to find a stable, ready-made solution. Although there were suppliers of shopping baskets, this niche began to be widely accepted by the masses. There were many suppliers who promised a lot, but it was almost impossible to know if they could deliver. Before you find out, you may be stuck in a bad situation.
Over time, many of these suppliers were excluded when market leaders emerged.ECommerce is still a challenge, but web designers now have a range of options to choose from. It's not just about finding one that will be available next year, but more about making choices based on the needs of your project.
This also applies to other niche areas where special features are required. Categories such as member sites, online education and multimedia can be built more reliably and cheaper than was possible at the time. Finding the right software is, therefore, easier and less risky.
Of course, we can do things more efficiently if we have proven paths to our projects. This does not mean that the journey does not go without bumps, but it is easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We talked about how a system like WordPress can speed up a startup, but the same goes for different frameworks. For example, choose an established user interface package, and you have a set of well-established key elements that make up the website interface. It is therefore about adapting or expanding these elements to our needs.
And the tools we use also matter. Modern applications, such as Figma and Sketch, allow us to create a working interface and facilitate translation into HTML and CSS. In fact, we can use it to create entire construction systems that will serve us well throughout the duration of the project.
Over the past twenty years, the network has changed from adapted to its roots in the Wild West into something more similar to the consumer market. This is the result of many experiments conducted by programmers and the emergence of influential corporations such as Google, Facebook, and Automattic.
Although we may argue about the impact that companies should have on the industry, it is difficult to say that innovation has slowed down. However, many new ideas take the form of integrating or improving existing platforms and tools.
In this sense, we don't realize that someone is trying to become another Google, but is developing new ways to make better use of their tools.
All this makes it a good time to be a web designer. We don't spend more hours wondering how we want to achieve something because we have better resources. In other words, we can focus on improving the experience and just doing things.