A Brief History of Web Design
The original way of creating a website was to write HTML code. This entailed a ton of knowledge and took a ton of time. Picture that every bit of text, every image, every icon, … had to be written out in code language. Each line for something as simple as a Page Title could take up 300 or 400 characters of code to make it happen. It was long, tedious work that required someone with a vast amount of skill. Most of the time, they used a WYSIWYG.
WYSIWYG is an acronym for “what you see is what you get”. A WYSIWYG editor can be contrasted with more traditional editors that require the developer to enter descriptive codes (or markup ) and do not permit an immediate way to see the results of the markup.
A few years into the expansion of the web, a number of the larger Internet companies began designing software. The first and largest was called Dreamweaver made by Adobe. It became the standard, professional design software and to this day is still widely used. After, Microsoft decided to get into the action creating their version of design software called FrontPage. This software was easier to use, tended to be cheaper, and was geared towards a bit more average design level. From there, we have then seen an explosion of software like WordPress.
HTML Website Design
We’ve been designing websites practically since the Internet began. The majority of sites we’ve made over time are done in HTML. We’ve been working in Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and doing snippets of custom coding for a long time. We still have tons of clients who have this style of website and actually still recommend it to someone who needs something easy, stable, and inexpensive to run. If you simply need that “online brochure” website, then this is a viable option for you to consider.
There are some clear pros and cons to having a HTML Website:
Extremely Stable – Once a HTML website is published onto the Internet, there isn’t a whole lot of software involved. Your web browser reads the code and then displays it. Yes, you can embed some fancy pieces, but the majority of it is very straight forward. Thus, they are extremely stable. There isn’t all that software involved like sites designed in WordPress. Sometimes, simple is better…!!!
Not Mobile Friendly – In general, a HTML site is not mobile friendly. Since everyone is using SmartPhones and Tablets today, this is a big down side to getting this type of site. We do design Mobile Friendly HTML sites, but they don’t typically come that way. It’s an extra thing we’ve started doing for our clients who don’t want to completely redo their older website.
Not Easy to Update – A standard HTML site requires you to know website design to update it. You have to either be able to code it or use software like FrontPage to make changes. So, it requires a website designer – which typically involves cost. This is one of the reasons WordPress has become so popular. If you don’t update your website, it will become stagnant both for your viewers and the Search Engines. Thus, there is a big negative to not easily be able to make changes to your own site.
With all of this said, we still like to design some HTML sites when the needs of our client fits this type of site. If you want something cheaper to run, more stable, and really don’t think you will often make changes to your site, then this may still be the way to go. We always make sure that we do what it best for our clients, and HTML sites can often be the best approach to accomplish your goals.
We Create, Maintain, and Repair HTML sites…!