How times are changing in the web design industry….

Nothing seems to stand still for very long in the world of modern technology. And the same can certainly be said for modern web design technologies. New acronyms are constantly popping up all over the place so we’ve taken a closer look at some of the latest Web 2.0 technologies so you know not only what they mean but why you need them.

Kicking off with HTML5, it’s the 5th revision off HTML hyper text mark-up language, basically the code behind a web page. It’s been designed to allow web designers to do almost anything they want without having to use plugins or extra software. From animation to music it can create quite complex applications to run in your browser. What’s great about HTML5 is its cross-platform so works on tablets, smart phones and any type of computer plus Smart TVs. You also don’t have to pay royalties to use it as it isn’t proprietary. HTML5 is actually made up of three types of code, HTML, CSS (cascading style sheets) and JavaScript. Basically the structure, the look and the thing that makes it all happen.

So moving on to CSS, CSS3 is the third generation and offers some really great features. Without CSS your website would look pretty plain and boring, not to mention messy. CSS3 lets developers to customise a site’s layout based on limited or expanded screen sizes. So in more simple terms, it means your website design becomes responsive and will changed depending on whether your site is being viewed on a tablet, smartphone and computers.

Once you’ve nailed the above you can move on to controlling the web pages behaviour through jQuery, a cross bowser library of JavaScript. It makes light work of loads of common tasks that use lines of JavaScript and bundles them into methods you can use with just a single line of code.

Last but by no means least the last modern web design technology we’ve taken a peak at is WordPress. It’s the most popular content management system (CMS), used by more than 60 million websites around the world and by nearly a fifth of the top 10 million sites. This state-of-the-art platform focuses on usability, the way your site looks and making sure it adheres to web standards all at the same time. WordPress was originally used to create blogs but has now evolved into one of the most sophisticated CMS’ around. It’s based on MySQL, and PHP and runs on a web hosting service. WordPress is so accessible and can be used by people of all levels from those with the most basic of skills all the way up to the web wizards. It’s so easy to pick up and almost anyone can manage the day to day use of a WordPress CMS.

So, as you can see almost anything is possible on the web thanks to the ever evolving technologies of web design. If you want a competitive, modern and intuitive website then get in touch with us today or check out our range of solutions online.