A survey of Harrisburg-based statewide associations shows an average of 4.2 website designs since the year 2000. In the beginning, nearly everyone was using flat html. From 2000 to 2007, designers began taking advantage of bigger screens and faster load times (dial-up connections were becoming a thing of the past). Larger images could be used, as well as video. 2008 and 2013 was the period in which CMS became big business. Then in the next stage (which runs through the present), mobile access increased, requiring responsiveness to the device accessing the site. Based on the trends, the life span of a web design is about 4-5 years. Associations should budget accordingly, and be prepared for the next big change (voice browsing?).
- The associations that are based in Harrisburg are reported to have gone through about 4.2 website designs since their inception in 2000.
- A website design or redesign can be counted as when the website had to go through a structural and significant change in its appearance.
- The reasons why an organization might choose to redesign their website are many and varied, and they could be due to vision refocusing and budget.
“But some are clearly to technology shifts that have occurred on web site design, which many of these site changes reflected.”