When designing websites for a playground equipment company and also a translation service business, I knew I had to keep up with today’s latest trends. Later when we had to design an e-commerce site for a coconut oil firm, we again faced the same situation. Website design over the years has gone through a night and day transformation. If one were to view websites designed in the infant stages of the internet one would find them quite user unfriendly and very static. In this day and age however, websites are rarely static with dynamic pages being the major theme, static HTML has been greatly replaced with PHP and now users can leave feedback.
One of the major reasons for the change in website design trends is the uses of websites. Websites before were used as sources of information. Now on the other hand, they have a wide variety of uses, from e-commerce, social sites to blogs. This has made the work of creating websites much more difficult since not only has a website designer have to deal with the visual aspect of the site, one also has to deal with the functionality of a website.
A website is not good only because it looks good, it has to work, it has to collect user information, give feedback to the owner and be interactive. Content management systems are therefore greatly important to any website designer. Content management systems are basically tools used for managing content on your website. Many website sesigners are ever troubled by clients who want to change content on their sites.
This becomes a bother especially when dealing with static sites that need an altering of the code. content management systems however help website designers create sites which novice users can alter the content. The most common CMSs are Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. Joomla and Drupal are the major players when it comes to site creation with WordPress being majorly for blogs. Joomla and Drupal need quite an extensive knowledge of PHP and abit of learning on their inner workings but on the other hand can be used to make the best user friendly websites without the hassle of writing code line by line.