Over the past 5 years web design has certainly evolved. Website owners and business owners have learned the value their website has and the importance to appeal and hold visitors to them.
First it was important to have a modern and current looking site. Then as attention spans shortened it was important to have a modern, current looking site that also visually communicated your company’s or website’s services or products. Then it was important to have animation, movement and life to your site.
Now website owners are actually having to revamp and redesign their sites every 2 years to stay current. With all this website design trends have started to show up in the last 3 to 4 years. 3 years ago it was all the rage to have a black and grey site. Soon that trend died off and beiges with pastel pinks and blues became very popular. Now glassy web 2.0 looks with bright neon greens and oranges are popular.
Like clothing, website fashion trends only last for so long and if you are interested in staying on top of the trendy styles you also have to be willing to accept that in a year or 2 it’s going to look outdated and you’ll have to redesign the site. Do you have the time and capital to invest a thousand or so dollars into your site every few years.
The other option is the little black dress that since the 1900′s has never gone out of style. Choose elegent, professional colours and styles and your site could be good for 4 to 5 years instead and even then may only need to update some photos, graphics or add in some flash animation or a video.
You don’t need to be on the cutting edge of every trend and every new design feature, but having a professional site that is current is invaluable. It builds trust with the visitor and shows them you value your business as you invest in a good website. 84% of consumers won’t shop from a store that doesn’t have a website, 72% of consumers also won’t buy from a shop that has a poor website. A poor website included an outdated look, broken links, broken buttons, missing pages or generally an ugly site.
So what is the best strategy for your site, the little black dress or the latest in fashion trends right of the runway from Paris?