Future of web design: What’s in it for designers in the near future

I have seen and heard many designers talk about the future of web design and it seems many designers and developers are frustrated with whats currently going on in the web design world. In this article I will give my opinion on where I think web design will be in the near future.

More Content Management Systems Websites, Less HTML

Content Management SystemWhen It comes to designing and developing for the web I have notice that more and more users are turning to CMS’s(Content Management Systems) and less towards HTML/static web pages. I can not remember the last time I’ve coded a HTML website for a client and that was final. With the functionality of CMS’s and the ability to manage everything via the control panel, what’s the need to edit an HTML page via a code editor? Many people use content management systems for the following.

  • Blogging – With the tremendous growth of blogging I can see there being over a millions blogs throughout the world in the near future. I mean its 2010 and who doesn’t have a blog? From a designer point of view we will all be running and designing websites for people who want or would like to start a blog.
  • CMS – Unlike most people others like their websites to have the functional as a CMS. I can see designers developing more CMS’s for companies/personal projects and the near future.

More Website builders

website builderWith the rise of technology I can see many people turning to website builders. Website builders gives users the ability to update and manage their website without having any knowledge of code. Many normal people have no knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVASCRIPT and etc. Also many people are not willing to come out of pocket and pay developers for the work they are willing to do so offering clients a service that is too much will lead to website builders. Website builders are also becoming very complex and are allowing users to do things that might take developers 3 days to do really fast.

Less Freelance, more corporate/personal work!

The fact of many people being cheap will cause the rise of freelance work to drop. Many designers will say that freelancing will be around for good but in my opinion the fail is coming very soon. With others countries willing to do work for less many designers will decide to either go get a job at a firm or company or work on personal projects. The Great part about freelancing is being able to be your own boss but the con of freelancing is not having a stable income and having to find work from month to month.

This is just a fourth of my opinion on where I think web design will be in the near future. I’m not sure if I’ll be right or wrong but I know change is coming to the web design community and am not sure if we’re ready. All I can say is time will tell and its just a matter of time before well know. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this article and would like to know your inputs on this topic.

Joe Granados the author

Joe Granados is the owner of WebDevTuts. He is also a web designer & developer who loves to design and develop websites. If you're looking for him you can find him via @webdevtuts
  1. Earl Jung says:

    Interesting read. I agree with more websites are converting from html to cms’s. I do not agree with less freelance work. There will always be freelance work no matter what and clients are loyal and willing to pay you just have to find the right one 🙂

  2. Rick says:

    I think we won’t get less freelancing, and I don’t think solutions like web builders will get big. Businesses hire developers/designers to do something for them they don’t want to do theirselves. If you create a system that allows you to make websites, you still have to sit down and make your website. Create a layout, think about positioning and what’s right for end users. That’s what companys don’t want to do because that is why they hired someone in the first place. So I think the’ll keep hiring webdesigners/developers. And use freelancers only for the smaller businesses and projects.

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