Design and the ever-evolving World Wide Web
By: Megan Lennek
Designing a Web page can be fun and easy. For someone building a site for the first time (whether from scratch or a template) there are plenty of tutorials and online guides that can help with this process. But the Internet is a glorious, forever-changing mystical beast of awesomeness. As silly as that sounds, when it comes to the Internet and web design it’s completely true. How often are those tutorials updated? Not as often as the web is changing, that’s for sure. Even posts from 2010 can lead you astray and without any support you may never figure out why what you thought was a perfect Web page doesn’t work the way you want it to.
The other thing you may not even think to worry about is that your Web page, that you spent so much time lovingly creating, might not work the same on every browser. What? Seriously? Yup, that’s right. All Internet browsers are not created equal. And some even require legacy support. Some OS (operating systems) like to restrict what versions of their “preferred” or “packaged” Internet browser are available. So if your target audience is using an older OS, they might be forced to use the older browser you didn’t consider when writing your Web page and now all they see is a bunch of text with no formatting. It makes your whole site look bad (with the exception of plain HTML pages) and makes you look bad.
This is why if you want a unique website that is just a recycled template, you need to hire a professional to do these things for you. Professionals know all the tricks of the trade and keep tabs on the mystical beast called the Internet. They also keep track of the newest and greatest capabilities of the web languages. Whether you need a personal or business website, distinctiveness and functionality are essential. Web design professionals are the Internet herders: they can help you tame your part of the vast landscape that is the World Wide Web.