Website’s pages in early 2000s where designed to be as light as possible (in terms of Mbytes and Kbytes) due to lower bandwidth available to many users with some of them still using dial-up modems.
In 2016 average site’s page grew up to 5-10 Mb with some sites consuming up to 30-40-MB of your traffic – yes, i know one of those monster pages and it is just blog and what is amazing this blog has significant audience. So, size (in web design) doesn’t matter any more.
What about design? Design is still important , but less significant became accessibility in terms of fonts readability and ease of visual look of the page. Thanks to advance in screen resolutions and LED backlit and IPS technologies, text is much easier to read no matter how small it is and no matter how weird is site owner’s fonts colors selection.
Design is now strongly influenced by mobile touch screen devices and smartphones and responsive design templates becoming defacto standard for website pages.
Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).
What did not change since early 2000s in web design and blogging? Hmm.. One could say that there is and always will be one constant in running website – Importance of Content. Yes, but actually importance of content even grew up. With so many options to get information and be entertained, attracting search engines and visitors to your blog or website is even more challenging than it was in early 2000s.
to be continued