The Internet is an ever-evolving world. Constant change in standards, devices, and browsers, for example, need to be accepted and dealt with in order to be competitive. Web designers must be able to predict these changes and make sure that their design can withstand future changes and still be competitive.
In other words, every time technology decides to move forward, their creations don’t get left behind. Otherwise, they will be left constantly changing their entire platform for a new one.
Here are some ways to future-proof your site’s design and make sure it will still be good in the foreseeable future.
Choose a good framework from the beginning
The choice of framework is a vital part of creating a good website. A good framework is usually the one being used by most if not all web developers, so why not join the club?
The most popular framework is usually the industry standard, and getting on it will only yield good results. Another advantage is you will never run out of resources every time you encounter a problem. But the biggest advantage of being on the standard platform is that future changes in the industry will always be built around the current standard.
In a way, changes will not affect current designs by much and so will not require a total revamp.
Enable your website for the best platform available
A website that is platform-enabled is one that can be effortlessly changed for additional functionality using an external application programming interface (API). The platform of choice should be able to provide access points or integration points where these changes can be made. Being able to integrate new functions into your web design at any point in time guarantees the website is future proof.
Make sure to choose the right host for your website
Choosing the right host is another vital element to make sure your website is future proof. A good host will allow you to stage your site while doing your tests on plugins and themes. This will allow you to test out updates in real time, therefore making your site current with the times.
Pick a host that offer extra features like firewalls, built-in content delivery systems, and automatic malware scanning. But most of all, make sure the host you choose is lightning fast.
Your website should be “Option Ready” right from the beginning
Having the ability to be able to change colours, themes, and some other features without having to change the whole site is not only smart but also practical. Why would you want to scrap an entire site and start from scratch when all you want is a new colour for the background or a different font on a CTA button?
All of these should be options ready to deploy at a moment’s notice without disrupting the site’s operation.
Finally, make your website “device ready”
Users have migrated from the desktop to their mobile devices for anything Internet. With the world moving fast, nobody wants to be left behind while doing their e-mails, shopping online, or simply being on social media.
People nowadays want to do everything while on the go. The surge in new mobile gadgets coming out left and right is a testament to this. Future-proof your website by making sure they are coded to work on these mobile devices.