Web Design 3.0: When It Really Matters
We love web design, it is our passion and part of our daily life. Since 2000, we have been observing what is happening in the world of web design every day. We ourselves are involved in its development, and with our active participation millions of web pages have been created. Now we would like to share some of our ideas that we hope will be of interest to you.
For the first time in this article, we’ll show you how to create the most fashionable websites in the world. You will learn the basic rules of modern web design in order to create world-class websites, blogs and layouts. We will also tell you how to stand out from competitors, and how to attract the attention of customers.
This article is divided into several parts:
In the first part, we’ll look at how web design is changing. Also learn that a new generation of web designers has emerged who design web pages using Web Design 3.0.
In the second part, we’ll talk about website builders that are lagging behind the main trends in web design and slowing down its evolution.
In the third part, we will learn how you can create modern web design in a new way: quickly and easily.
Part 1: web design is changing
The first thing we’ll talk about is web design, which is changing rapidly. To understand this, you need to rethink the evolution from the first sites to today’s trendy ones. We will try to predict which web design will be popular in the near future.
We have roughly divided the evolution of web design into three stages. In the figure below, each stage is marked with a different color, years have been added to the timeline.
The first sites were text-based. And it’s hard to say that they had some kind of web design (in the modern sense).
Moving to Web Design 1.0
There were graphic elements that made the sites more attractive. Tables appeared on web pages. Then they gradually moved from tables to layouts and modular grids. Tables provided some flexibility, but they weren’t mobile-friendly, but perhaps not required at the time.
Many have created their own content management systems (CMS). Thus, webmasters did not need to edit individual HTML files and upload them to the servers each time. But it was possible to change the content online, in real time.
The further development of web design and the proliferation of mobile phones brought about new changes.
Moving to Web Design 2.0
Designing web pages with grids has become commonplace.
Bootstrap, the most popular web library, has dramatically accelerated the speed of web development by making it easier and more flexible. Bootstrap’s modular grid was designed with mobile support from the beginning.
Bootstrap’s grid automatically stretches to fit the full width of the screen, dramatically reducing the development time previously spent coding to support multiple devices: desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones.
WordPress, Joomla and Drupal have become the most popular content management systems. They replaced the self-written ones, which were imperfect and expensive to write and maintain, and also had limited functionality. Thanks to WordPress and Joomla, anyone could create a blog or website. And even today, more than 20% of sites operate using these systems.
WordPress and Joomla have always supported themes and templates, which allows you to modify the design without changing the content. Themes can be created manually or purchased ready-made. There are a lot of themes and templates available now for every taste, in addition, webmasters often use theme builders.
Artisteer appeared in 2008. At one time, he became the most popular theme builder. With Artisteer, anyone could create themes and templates in minutes. There are still millions of websites using themes created with Artisteer.
Is web design dead
It would seem that everyone should be happy: web designers, web developers and users. However, a new problem arose. Web designers started asking the same question: “Is web design dead?” You can easily find articles containing this question on all well-known platforms like Medium, Mashable, Smashing Magazine, Quora and Reddit. Since 2015, web designers have been asking the same question.
The picture below shows the Google search results for this query.
Bootstrap and its counterparts are the root cause of this problem. Web projects built with Bootstrap look so similar to each other as if they were made from the same template. Using site builders powered by Bootstrap as the core of the system only makes things worse.
A website design (for a Bootstrap grid) always starts with a big picture, and the following sections always fit into a two-, three-, or four-cell structure. The prevalence of Bootstrap themes and templates has also contributed to this problem taking root. See the picture below.