Important Web Design Trends

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. Here are some of the latest trends in web design today.

Peggy Morrison is a mortgage fraud solicitor and notes “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.”

John Mason does cctv surveys and water management and is a web design expert and notes “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.

Commonly used editors in web design

Designing websites for businesses like wood 4 floors and an led flood lights business, I learned that web design requires various platforms on which the web designer can use to come up with a fully functional website. Text editors are the most commonly used when it comes to web design. There are many types of editors available either for free or for a certain price. Below are some recommendations by Soap Agency, a web design firm, of the editors that are commonly used that you may find helpful for your next project.

Basic text editors

These are simple desktop editors that are mostly available for free. Despite the fact that they are simple, they are incredibly effective when it comes to code editing. Examples are Notepad ++, Coffeecup HTML Editor, Emacs, UltraEdit, EditPlus, Coda 2 and Sublime Text.


WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get”. You can also simply call them website builders. These types of editors are easy work with and one does not require a lot of web design knowledge to use them. They have in-built tools that make it easier for an individual to design a website. WYSIWYG editors include: Kompozer, Artisteer, Adobe Dreamweaver, Flux, SnapEditor, Amaya and Weebly.

Cloud based editors

These are editors that are hosted on a cloud and are therefore available for use from any part of the world. Cloud based editors are usually in form of Integrated Development Software (IDE) or Content Management Software (CMS). A few of these are Kodingen, ShiftEdit, CodeRun Studio, CKEditor, Cloud IDE and Collide.

Tablet editors

These are editors that have been specifically made for use on tablets. They were developed as a step to boost web design from any device. You can therefore write or edit HTML from any location. Examples of tablet editors are Textastic, Buffer Editor, Diet Coda, Code Anywhere, Byword and WebMater’s HTML Editor.

Complex IDE

A complex Integrated Development Environment contains superior functionality that enables it to carry out many functions. Most IDE’s are dedicated to a particular programming language but there are some which support the coding of multiple programming languages. Complex IDE’s include: Netbeans, HTML – Kit, Komodo, PHPStorm, PHPEdit, Aptana Studio and Mirabyte Web Architect.

You can use any of the above editors in web design. The editor you chose will be determined by your web design experience, money and preference. In the long run, you will still achieve the same results.