How Web Design has Changed over the Past 15 Years

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How Web Design has Changed over the Past 15 Years

The web designers at KD Web are always striving to up their skills and to keep ahead of new and emerging web trends and technologies. This is no mean feat, as web design trends change on a daily basis. Some of us have been in the business for less than a decade, some of us have been here since the year dot, but one thing we all have in common is our love of learning more about our craft. On the right is our website from 1998. Not bad for back then dont you think? Always at the cutting edge of web design for the time...

Check out the changes we have had to endure over the past 15 years, and you will realise why KD Web are one of the most experienced agency in the business. In fact, we believe we are London’s longest established agency. I remember that since our inception in 1996, we waited for 3 years for Yellow Pages to put in a section for web designers. By then, Lycos, Altavista, Yahoo and Google existed, and even then just as we still are now, we were right at the top of results, so it was goodbye yellow pages.

Web design has greatly changed over the past fifteen years, and although change can be difficult, web design has definitely changed for the better. The changes that have occurred over the past fifteen to twenty years are changes you and your business can take advantage of. The growth in technology not only has the ability to help you, but can also provide you with results you only dreamt of a decade ago.

Twenty years ago, it was only large corporations with an endless supply of cash, who were able to afford an online presence. The reason? It was costly to use a web hosting service, not to mention the time it took for someone to set up and code the website. There were no web design agencies, only the odd programmer who knew some HTML. However over the past 20 years advancements have been made, making it easier for small businesses that do not have a lot of cash, to set up an online business inexpensively.

Hardware and Software

Hardware and software, in times gone by, used to cost web designers quite a stack of money, but as time went on and more hardware and software was made available, value decreased, making it much more affordable for businesses to invest . Web design agencies (thats us folks!) can now provide their clients with affordable, professional solutions. This allows us now, to offer all clients affordable rates. The biggest change we have seen is the development of open source software. Noawadays we don’t always have to re-create the wheel and can use professional software such as Typo3, Drupal or Magento as the base of your site, saving thousands off the cost off development. Now – our clients pay for the creative design and the integration. Only 10 year ago, a professionally designed, high-end interactive self-updatable website would have cost around £30,000+ to develop. Costs have basically halved since then, and you get a much better looking site, with far more interactive elements thrown in.

Tracking

It is much easier to track client’s activities on your website today than it was twenty years ago, not to mention less expensive. If you can easily track client’s activity, you can judge what part of your website is working to its full potential. Knowing what your audience wants, is all part of our job and we now have the know how and utilities to make webdesign a more interactive experience.

The Internet

There has been a tremendous advancement with the internet over the past twenty years. Big corporations used to be the only ones who could afford web pages with fancy web designs that featured 16 colours, some photo’s, and links. However almost every website you visit today has these features; lots of colour, pictures, and links to click on.This is thanks to advancements in technology, quicker Internet speeds and top quality web designers .... not blowing our own trumpet or anything, but that's us at KD Web again!

There have been many developments that have made professional web design more accessible to each and every individual over the past twenty years. Money is not such a huge factor any more. If you are openminded and have a good business idea, than you can get your new online business noticed quickly by using a professional web design company like KD Web. The changes in web design have opened doors for many creative individuals who never had the money to start their dream business. Now with the affordability of professional, effective web design, entrepreneurs’ dreams can become reality.

Get in contact with a member of the KD Web team for a free no obligation quote today.

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