While doing my daily blog reading, I typically run across articles and posts which inspire me for the information you read here. Everything from motivation to daily rants, personal thoughts and many more.
Today was a little different.
Sometimes when pursuing through the haystack of blogs, I click through linked posts and follow it to another post….such as this one: The 13 Components That Defined a Website in 1998.
After taking a look at a few graphics of yesteryear, something jumped out to me. More like hit me in the forehead with a giant sledge hammer.
Even though the graphics have changed, is all that different?
Are we really smarter? Or is it an illusion brought on by modern design and technique. Yes, I do think the human race has evolved significantly not only in the last 150 years (with the most stunning invention being transportation..think on that for a while) but, to say web design and the Internet age has plateaued would be underestimating the human mind.
Let’s take a look at some of these components….
Yeah, you probably don’t see the hardhats and caution signs anymore, but when I see incomplete content and the GoDaddy “parked page” this tells me a site is under construction. The yellow tape is unnecessary. Nothing says a website is Under Construction louder than frequently seeing out of place graphics, stagnant content and a blank About Me page. If you start a blog, and don’t intend on updating a page, delete it.
#2 – The Enter Page
How important is a flashy introduction? Why not get to the point and “take me to your leader.” Whether your proverbial leader is written content, photos, videos, an e-book…I don’t want to worry about clicking “Skip Intro” to see the good stuff.
Ok, so you don’t have a 90′sh looking Enter Page. As Mr. McCain would say, “My friends, 90′s or not…there’s one for every generation.”
Are we there yet?
# 3 – The Infamous Guestbook
I would say the Web 2.0 Guestbook is the massive Facebook and Twitter logos we we plastered on every new blog and website. Just because I found you through a search query does not mean I want to be your Friend or Follow you. Before we start negotiating, what do you have to offer? A quality tutorial? Entertainment? You name it…until then, stay off my wall! All in good fun of course
Those are the top three…..
Like I’ve stated before, I know you’re not interested in reading a novel – so check out the original post for the complete lineup and draw your own conclusions.
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