Traditional vs. Cutting-Edge Web User Interfaces

By: Bayshore Solutions Senior Development

Wow, how technology has changed! And how quickly!

Back about 20 years ago, the World Wide Web (or the Internet) was in its infancy.  Most people had computers that are termed today as “dinosaurs” when compared to the horsepower packed into the average machine in use today. And we couldn’t have had access to the internet without a modem.  We remember some of our first system were a 486, 66 MHz computers with 1 MB of memory and a 28,800 baud modem.  Wow, how technology has leaped in 20 years!  We’ve moved from “mega” to “giga”.

Web browsers of old could only support basic HTML and were very inconsistent between vendors.  Then support was added for tables and forms.  When we needed to interact with a web page, it had to be through submitting data entered on a form to the web server.  Then we waited for a full-page response that caused the entire web page document to be displayed again (even if only showing a simple message).  Flash animations and videos became popular additions to web pages once most browsers could support them.  Flash allowed better interactivity between the user and the content, but it had a lot of overhead and demands for network bandwidth.  Unfortunately, not all computer users had Flash installed or the technical skills to get it for their browser.

In the past few years, especially with the release of HTML 5, modern web browsers can now handle many of the latest interactivity demands more efficiently than Flash.  And with the explosion of high-speed broadband networks, larger and thicker web applications are fairly commonplace on the web and have made business applications more robust, scalable and cost-effective than before.  One major enhancement of the modern browser allows web pages to communicate with web servers to update specific content or form contents without waiting for the entire page content to be refreshed (this is known as AJAX).  Now web browsers are beginning to match the rich toolset and user-friendly UI capabilities that have been mostly the domain of custom desktop applications.

Since all major browsers today are packed with cutting-edge features and have become much more synchronized to W3C compliance standards across vendors, the overall user experience has been maximized and made fairly consistent.  With the increasing demands for mobile device support, newer cutting-edge technology is revolutionizing mobile website availability and reducing the costs of supporting it.  Whether you need a mobile app or a mobile device-optimized website, the face of internet computing is changing every day and so is the skillset demands required to meet these changes.  Traditionally designed websites are quickly becoming an eyesore and are being displaced by rich, new visually-attractive sites.

Bayshore Solutions is committed to maximizing the mobile experience for your target audience while maintaining the consistent comfort for desktop users.  Mobile site design consideration is now a standard offering for new sites and redesigns. Contact us today to get started on your web experience!  


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