Roundup of web design & development in 2014

What’s particularly interesting is the difference in device usage from the last 12 months. Desktop usage is down from 78% to 64%, and mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are both up:
Mobile usage: up from 17% to 30%
Tablet usage: up from 5% to 7%

WordPress still continues to be the world’s most popular content management system and we’ve seen its market share increase to over 60%, whilst Magento remains the top eCommerce platform, with a market share of 26%.
So in 2014, we saw the emergence of HTML5 video, flat design, parallax websites, responsive development, retina graphics, and working with content, rather than around it.
HTML5 video
We’re now able to embed video into websites without using services such as YouTube or Vimeo, which makes it easier and more convenient for our clients.
Flat design
Shadows and gradients are a thing of the past now that companies such as Apple and Windows have embraced flat design, leading towards a more clean cut and sophisticated look.
In April, we picked a few of our favourite parallax effect sites (this uses multiple layers which seem to be moving at different speeds to create a sensation of depth) and it seems that many other companies are utilising this within their sites.
Responsive development
Having a responsive website, so something that works across all devices and still looks good, is no longer just a pleasant feature, but a necessity in today’s fast paced and modern society. Visitors to your site on a smartphone are more likely to drop off if they can’t use it as well as on a larger device. It’s vital to be at the forefront of technology because it’s more than likely that your users will be.
So what can we expect to see in 2015? Well, as we mentioned above, responsive is no longer just a fancy option, but a standard component of most websites, so we’ll see this prevailing in the coming years. They’ll also be a bigger emphasis on typography, and developments within progressive delivery.
Progressive delivery
The average webpage size is now well over 1MB, which means that it’s over 30 times larger than the computer on board Apollo 11. Mobiles are now delivering content intended for desktops, so it’s vital that the user only receives information that they really need on their mobile. For example, high resolution images or content only intended for desktop users.
If you’re interested in any of the above for your website, why not get in touch with a member of our web team today? We have the skills and knowledge to bring you up to date with the most modern technology.

Written by Alex Wright

Head of Search