Those who work on the Internet long enough have probably noticed that the most sites we enter look out-of-date to say the least. Sometimes it even seems that many of those Internet projects we adored 10 years ago and considered as the acme of web-developers art today look like a ruck of the old-fashioned websites. So, what’s up? Probably it makes sense to start speaking of the second birth of the Internet that is coming soon.
Once browsing online I decided to drop at one old but good website through which, I guess, almost every resident of the US has purchased or sold something at least once in his/her life. Surely, I speak about a cult trading site craigslist.org. Having got used to watch video, various flash projects every day, to enjoy new ideas of modern web technologies that let all the online users, including the ones with lower-bit-rate channels, to use beautiful web-interfaces, I have drawn a conclusion that today there is a great number of such sites as Craigslist and all of them became hopelessly old, and remained at the development stage of the 20th century. Certainly, many of you may raise objections insisting that the functionality of site is above all, though here, I’m afraid that you’re wrong, dear skeptics, since it is beauty that will save the world. And it started to save… Today many websites are a real masterpiece that comes into being owing to the artists drawing on tablets, owing to the designers that put their backs into the project and hence we get state-of-art product that inspire respect of both readers and competitors.
Let’s try to find out the reason why such a great number of the Internet projects do not want to renew their image. I think that the most objective reason is the stereotype of the site owners that think that if the site is popular in a present appearance there is no sense to invest in redesigning and reorganization of it.
The next factor is a rapid growth of the web-developers’ fees. If previously designers, programmers, managers, and content writers demanded 1-2 thousand on average, today the creation of sites may cost tens and even hundreds of thousands dollars that certainly chills the desire of the project owners to renew their sites.
It is quite possible that nothing but the world crisis will give an impulse to the transformation of sites and their redesigning during the next decade of the 21st century. If unemployment continues to grow, people will rush into the Internet in their search for the job. And if in the 30s the US found a rescue from the crisis in road building, today’s generation may choose the Internet as a weapon against crisis and start working at renewing and perfecting the sites in the World Wide Web.
In any event today the virtual network which swallows more and more people, needs the renewing of its look, and probably the next generation will find another Internet which will be completely different from the one we have used to see from the day of its creation…