How has web design changed over the last 10 years

Web site designers are always striving to improve upon their skills and keep ahead of new and emerging web trends and technologies. This is a difficult task as design changes on a monthly basis and keeping up with all the changes in design and technology requires a lot of dedication.

Web design has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. But why? The greatest changes are technology, including the hardware and software required to build and deploy web sites, design, and improvements to the internet as a whole. The good news is that web design has definitely changed for the better and your business can take advantage of the new technologies and reap the rewards. Web site design is also cheaper at approximately half the cost of what it was 10 years ago. It’s never been a better time to launch your business online.


It’s now easier for small businesses that do not have a lot of cash to set up an on-line business inexpensively. Hardware and software costs have reduced significantly over the past 10 years and as a result website design has become less expensive for the average business. One major reason for this is the development of open source software packages such as Word Press and Magento. These systems enable a developer to build web sites for a fraction of the cost. Gone are the days where web applications are required to be built from scratch. Nowadays there are freely available components serving the majority of web site requirements. The majority of our time is now spent on design and integration not complex programming tasks.


Website design has changed as devices accessing the Internet have also moved on. The first generations of smart phones were released in 2007 so 10 years ago Smart phones didn’t even exist!! These days, mobile access to web sites is set to overtake desktop and laptop computers. As a result, and where appropriate, we often design for mobile first. Responsive web design has meant that we can now produce a web site that re-sizes for smart phones, tablets and desktops delivering the optimum user experience on all three devices.

Design trends have also changed. For example, most website designs used to have a Flash introduction. This has become a thing of the past as the Internet has matured and people now want information quickly and easily. As a result, magazine style web sites are more popular as users prefer to have important information only one click way. Most web developers have also abandoned Adobe Flash as it is not supported on some smart phone and tablet devices.


Faster internet speeds have changed the type of content that is displayed. For example, online video and use of lare imagery is now very popular which has only been made possible since broadband internet was made available.

At RedChilli, we can help you bring your website up to date with all the latest design trends. Or if you don’t have a website yet, we can develop a modern website to impress your audience and bring in new clients. Call 01204 467 866 or email